Some health problems, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, low sex drive, and decreased muscle mass, are common in aged men and women past menopause. Some of these health issues can be treated at Uncharted Healthcare using hormone therapy. Hormones are chemicals released into the bloodstream by the brain to control different functions in the body, such as growth and development.
Hormone therapy uses hormones to slow or reverse the effects of diseases that come with old age. The most common forms of hormone therapy are estrogen replacement and testosterone replacement.
The use of estrogen and testosterone hormones
Estrogen is a hormone produced in women’s ovaries that helps maintain bone density, promotes sexual development during puberty, and regulates menstrual cycles. Estrogen can help relieve symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. Testosterone is a steroid hormone produced in men’s testes that impacts muscle mass, red blood cell production, sperm production, and sex drive. Testosterone can help improve energy levels and libido for both men and women who experience low levels due to age or illness.
Other benefits of hormone therapy include the following;
Help treat cancer
Hormone therapy destroys or stops cancer cells from growing by blocking their ability to produce hormones that promote cell growth. This may prevent new tumors from forming or make existing tumors shrink so they are easier to remove by surgery. Hormone therapy may also relieve symptoms caused by cancer or its treatment.
Help men with low fertility
Men with low sperm count or no sperm in their semen may be able to conceive using hormone treatment and assisted reproduction techniques such as IVF (in vitro fertilization). Hormone treatment can help men with poor sperm production to produce enough healthy sperm for fertility treatment and increase their chances of having a baby.
Reduced symptoms of menopause
Menopause causes many physical changes, including hot flashes and night sweats (vasomotor symptoms), vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, and sexual problems (sexual dysfunction). Hormone therapy replaces the hormones you lose during menopause; this may help relieve many menopausal symptoms.
Decrease muscle mass loss
Hormone therapy helps maintain muscle mass in both men and women. In men, testosterone deficiency causes a loss of lean body mass, which can be prevented by testosterone replacement. In women with low estrogen levels, replacing estrogen can help prevent the loss of lean body mass.
Testosterone and estrogen levels naturally begin to decrease as a person ages. These hormonal changes can lead to symptoms like fatigue, muscle loss, low sex drive, increased body fat, reduced bone density, and mood swings in women. Low testosterone levels in men are linked with low energy and depressed mood. Estrogen dominance is thought to be the cause of many of these negative side effects. To lower the negative impact of these hormones on your mind and body, hormone replacement therapy is available. Hormone therapy has been shown to improve symptoms of hormone imbalance and help people feel more energetic and vital again. For more information about hormone therapy, contact Uncharted Healthcare.