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A Guide to Hormone Replacement

Hormone replacement is commonly used to treat hormonal imbalances. One of its most common applications is to alleviate menopause symptoms in women by restoring the body’s estrogen and progesterone levels. However, it can be used in both men and women to resolve various hormonal issues. 

Read on for a complete guide to hormone replacement and how it may enhance your vitality. 

Forms of Hormone Replacement

Hormone replacement therapy comes in many different forms. Your Tampa physician can help you find the best form for your needs. 

Common forms of hormone replacement therapy include:

  • Implanted pellets
  • Oral pills or tablets
  • Transdermal patches
  • Topical creams and gels
  • Shots 

What Conditions Can Hormone Replacement Treat?

Hormone replacement therapy is most often used to treat age-related hormonal declines. In women, menopause causes estrogen and progesterone production to halt, leading to symptoms like:

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Irritability
  • Low libido
  • Reduced memory and focus

In men, the aging process causes declining testosterone levels. Often referred to as andropause, low testosterone can cause symptoms like irritability, fatigue, reduced muscle mass, poor stamina, and reduced memory. 

The aging process also affects thyroid hormones, DHEA, melatonin, and more. Hormone replacement therapy can restore the balance of critical hormones for improved overall wellness. 

What’s the Difference Between Bioidentical and Traditional Hormone Therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones derived from plants, such as yams and soy. They’re formulated to mimic the natural hormones produced in your body. Traditional hormone therapy, on the other hand, uses hormones derived from synthetic sources (conventionally pregnant horses).

With an identical molecular structure to human-made hormones, bioidentical hormones are thought to provide superior results to traditional hormone replacement. 

At Mind Body Spirit Care, we’re proud to offer bioidentical hormone therapy to help you overcome hormonal imbalances safely and effectively. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment!