Hormone replacement therapy is needed for people who experience a lack of natural hormones. This usually occurs as a person ages. In women, hormones drop dramatically as they enter menopause. In men, it's also common for hormones to decline during middle age and the senior years.
Sometimes, younger people may need hormone replacement therapy. For example, men who suffer from hypogonadism don't make enough testosterone. This condition can originate during:
In cases of hypogonadism, hormone replacement therapy can give the body the testosterone it needs to develop and function normally. Both men and women can benefit greatly from hormone replacement therapy when they're suffering from hormone depletion.
When a woman has a lack of estrogen hormones, she can experience symptoms such as weight gain, erratic moods, lack of libido, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, sleeplessness, and many other troublesome symptoms.
When a man has a lack of testosterone hormones, he may experience a number of symptoms including:
There are several different types of hormone replacement therapy available through the New York Medicine Doctors. The approach that Dr. Shusterman takes depends on the individual patient, their symptoms, and how severe the hormone depletion is. Oral hormones may be used for some cases. These hormones have to be taken by mouth each day. Over time, the hormone levels will be brought back up to normal healthy levels.
Injectable hormone therapy is also an option. This can include pellets that are injected for gradual and steady release over time. Other choices include hormone:
Topical hormone replacement products are generally less effective than oral or injected ones because they don't deliver as much medicine directly into the body as the oral or injected varieties.
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