Understanding Hormone Replacement Therapy
While the human body is an incredible machine, it is also extraordinarily complex. At times, the body may be thrown off balance, causing it to not function properly. One of the most common deficiencies that a female can experience is when the body fails to produce enough estrogen or progesterone. These hormones can be critical to your well-being. When they fall below normal levels, it can negatively impact your physical and mental health.
At Unruh Spine Centers, we work with women of all ages to restore balance through hormone replacement therapy. An estrogen or progesterone deficiency can occur at any time between the child-bearing years through menopause. Contact our office at (661) 288-0022 to schedule an appointment at our Santa Clarita studio.
How Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?
Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, works by supplementing or replacing the progesterone or estrogen that your body does not make enough of. In some cases, women only need to take one, but in many instances, women are given a combination of both hormones to restore balance.
While women often experience a reduction in the body’s natural production of estrogen and progesterone during menopause, it is not uncommon for it to happen at any time after puberty. HRT, therefore, is frequently used to ease symptoms related to menopause that are caused by the hormone imbalance, but can also be used at any time to treat a hormonal deficiency. An imbalance prior to menopause can cause infertility, irregular periods, and more.
What Does HRT Treat?
Hormone replacement therapy treats hormonal imbalance in women. Specifically, the therapy is used to restore the levels of progesterone and estrogen that a woman should be producing. A hormonal imbalance can cause discomfort during sex, insomnia, and fertility issues. If you suspect that you have a hormonal imbalance, you should speak with a medical professional.
Does HRT Replace a Decline in Testosterone?
While HRT focuses specifically on replacing progesterone or estrogen, TRT or testosterone replacement therapy can be used to help restore a testosterone imbalance. Low testosterone can affect men of all ages beginning at puberty.
As with a progesterone or estrogen imbalance, low or declining testosterone can deeply impact a person’s life. Low levels of testosterone can result in decreased libido, fatigue, and erectile dysfunction.
How Are HRT and TRT Administered?
Both HRT and TRT can be administered through different methods. Depending on the diagnosis and care plan, the therapy may be given through a shot or injection, or it may be applied through a gel or cream. Both forms of replacement therapy may also be given orally via pills.
Contact Our Office to Schedule an Appointment
If you believe that you have a hormonal imbalance, contact our office at (661) 288-0022 to schedule an appointment at our Santa Clarita studio. Our medical team will conduct a comprehensive exam to determine the best course of treatment. Let us help you improve your overall physical and mental health. Call now to get started. Do not wait to start living your best life!