As we age, our bodies change dramatically. One of the changes that most men and women undergo is a reduction in sexual hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. For women, this change is called menopause; while for men, it is called andropause. While hormone replacement therapy isn’t necessary all the time, there are some signs that bioidentical hormone therapy might be right for you.
One of the primary symptoms of not having the right levels of hormones is fatigue. Fatigue goes beyond just being tired. When you are fatigued, you feel as though you did not sleep at all, even though you may have slept for many hours. No amount of sleep seems to be enough, you wake up tired, and no amount of coffee helps you get started in the morning.
Another common symptom of reduced hormones is weight gain. Sexual hormones play important roles in the body. And when they are decreased, it can make it difficult to lose weight. You may also notice that you are steadily, if slowly, gaining weight that you cannot control with your normal diet and exercise regimens.
While it may not seem as important as other symptoms of hormonal imbalance, your sexual health is also an important part of your life. Men will experience difficulty getting or maintaining erections. Women may experience stress incontinence, vaginal laxity, and vaginal dryness, among other symptoms. Both men and women could experience a marked decrease in libido as well.
If you have these or other signs of hormone imbalance, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment to see if bioidentical hormone therapy is right for you.