Hormone Replacement Therapy

MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine

Family Medicine & Mental Health located in Colleyville, TX

Menopause and hypogonadism can cause aggravating symptoms for a considerable length of time, from several years to decades. The providers at MaxHealth Family, Internal, & Sports Medicine offer hormone replacement therapy to alleviate some of these distressing symptoms so you don’t have to tolerate them so long. Schedule a hormone consultation at the Colleyville, Texas, practice online or over the phone to get started.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment to replenish declining hormone levels. The treatment addresses disruptive symptoms for both men and women caused by low testosterone and estrogen levels, respectively.

Hormone replacement therapy usually delivers hormones in one of two forms:

  • Systemic hormone therapy: Enters the system through a pill, patch, or other method
  • Topical therapy: Applied locally with a cream, suppository, or ring

Topical therapy addresses location-specific troubles, whereas systemic therapy targets more widespread symptoms.

How does hormone replacement therapy help?

Men with low testosterone levels may receive hormone replacement therapy to help with:

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Impotence
  • Infertility
  • Osteoporosis risk
  • Changes in body composition

For women, hormone replacement therapy helps reduce symptoms of menopause such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness, itchiness, or burning
  • Painful intercourse
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep troubles

Women may experience increased sexual desire, more restorative sleep, and increased lubrication as hormone levels increase. Research also shows promising results for the therapy’s ability to decrease some women’s risks of osteoporosis, heart disease, and dementia.

Is hormone replacement therapy for me?

The decrease in hormones that happens with age is a natural biological process that doesn’t usually require treatment. However, if your symptoms interfere with your everyday quality of life, hormone replacement therapy may be a favorable option to help you manage the side effects.

While hormone therapy does carry some risks, you can take some precautions to minimize them by discussing the risks and benefits with your doctor and scheduling regular check-ins and exams. Your health care provider assesses your symptoms, medical history, and risk factors to determine if you’re a good candidate.

Men who have a health condition that causes testosterone decline may benefit from treatment, but treatment may not be advisable for natural hormone decline with age. Men may also be encouraged to try natural ways to increase testosterone levels first, such as strength training.

Women should take the lowest effective dose of hormones for the shortest amount of time within 10 years of menopause (before age 60). They should also take progesterone along with estrogen if they still have a uterus.

Hormone replacement therapy may not be recommended for women who have had or are at an increased risk for breast or ovarian cancer, blood clots, or stroke.

If you experience bothersome hormone-related symptoms, contact the friendly providers at MaxHealth to see if replacement therapy might be right for you.