Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQs

As we age our hormone levels naturally decline. The resulting hormone imbalance can lead to several unwanted symptoms, including weight gain, fatigue, and diminished sex drive. Hormone replacement therapy is a method for restoring hormone levels and reducing the symptoms of a hormone imbalance. Dr. Rolando Alvarez, David Peterson FNP, and Sandra Mannon FNP, the experienced providers at PharmXhealthOne in Port Saint Lucie, Palm Beach, and Boynton Beach, FL, offer hormone replacement therapy.

What Causes a Hormone Imbalance?

A hormone imbalance often occurs as a natural outcome of the aging process. However, other factors can also cause hormone levels to decline. Additional causes of a hormone imbalance include excessive stress, medications, diet, and certain health conditions, such as diabetes.

What Are the Symptoms of a Hormone Imbalance?

Men and women with a hormone imbalance might experience a diverse range of symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Low libido
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dry skin

Men often also experience a decrease in muscle mass, hair loss, and erectile dysfunction as a result of diminished hormone levels. Symptoms that tend to affect women specifically include mood swings, irritability, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and headaches.

What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment method for restoring declining hormone levels in men and women. At our offices in Port Saint Lucie and Boynton Beach, FL, we use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which does not contain any synthetic hormones. It uses only natural hormones derived from plants, such as soy or yams. Plant derived hormones work extremely well because they act just like the hormones naturally produced by the body.

A major benefit of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is that it has fewer side effects and is safer than synthetic hormone replacement therapies. BHRT can be administered in many different ways, including pills, injections, patches, or creams and gels. Some patients benefit from a combination of treatment methods. Our skilled medical team will develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs and the severity of your symptoms.

What Are the Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy offers numerous benefits. Since it helps restore balance, patients begin feeling more like themselves again within a few weeks of beginning BHRT. It helps improve thinking, memory, and other cognitive functions. Other benefits include:

  • More energy
  • Better sleep
  • Improved sex drive
  • Increased bone mass
  • Improved muscle mass and strength
  • Better fat distribution

If you are struggling with a hormone imbalance, hormone replacement therapy could be the solution. It restores hormone levels, reduces symptoms, and helps you feel like yourself again. For hormone replacement therapy in Boynton Beach, FL, call PharmXhealthOne at (561) 847-4654, at (561) 208-3970 for our office in Port Saint Lucie and (561) 202-8427 for the Palm Beach location.

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