Could I Benefit From Hormone Replacement Therapy?

At PharmXhealthOne, serving Port Saint Lucie, Palm Beach, and Boynton Beach, FL, Dr. Ronaldo Alvarez provides the area with the option of hormone replacement therapy to help those with decreasing hormone levels to combat any of the effects of it. We use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for both men and women. Before getting this treatment, though, you may wonder exactly what it is and how it could benefit you. Let's answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

1. What Exactly Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy is when you're given hormones to replace the ones you're low on as a result of the aging process. At our Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, and Boynton Beach, FL, locations, we provide patients with bioidentical hormones meaning they're the same biologically as your hormones. Bioidentical hormones come from plants.  

2. How Do I Know if I Could Benefit From Hormone Replacement Therapy?

You may benefit from hormone replacement therapy if you're having symptoms from a decrease in hormone production that are interfering with your life. Some examples include the following:

  • Fatigue 
  • Mood swings
  • Low libido
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Hot flashes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Decrease in muscle strength
  • Hair thinning
  • Muscle/joint pain

3. Are There Side Effects From Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Because we use bioidentical hormones for our hormone replacement therapy, there are fewer side effects than if you used a synthetic hormone. Most often, people experience bloating, fatigue, weight gain, or acne. The symptoms tend to subside over time, but make sure you let us know what you're experiencing so we can help you combat them and can monitor them. 

4. How Are Bioidentical Hormones Given?

You may be given bioidentical hormones in one or more ways, including any of the following:

  • Injections
  • Troches
  • Creams
  • Pills

5. How Much Will They Give Me?

The dosage you receive depends on your particular hormone levels currently and what the desired amount would be to curb your symptoms. That's why before you're administered any hormones, you'll undergo the necessary testing to check your hormone levels. 

6. Can I Stop Therapy at Any Time?

You could stop hormone replacement therapy at any time. However, your symptoms of a reduction in hormones will resume. If you decide to stop, our clinicians will guide you through the process as well.

PharmXhealthOne, serving Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Boynton Beach, FL, and the nearby regions, has Dr. Alvarez, who helps people suffering from the symptoms of menopause or andropause to live a happier life without all the unpleasant symptoms. 

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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