Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Your body relies on a varied spectrum of hormones, with optimum hormonal balance ensuring that you look and feel like the happiest, healthiest version of yourself. Estrogen is a hormone most commonly associated with women’s health, often considered one of the key elements of a woman’s sexual and reproductive health.
Maintaining the right balance of hormones in your body is incredibly important, but an imbalance can be triggered by a wide range of factors. For example, many women experience a noticeable dip in estrogen as they reach a certain age, while others find themselves dealing with hormonal deficiencies caused by other conditions. Regardless of the catalyst for your unbalanced hormones, the side effects can have a significant impact on both your physical and emotional health.
While the symptoms of hormonal imbalance can range from minorly annoying to severely debilitating, many women are able to find relief by undergoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT). If you’ve been feeling unusually exhausted, foggy, or uninterested in the activities you usually enjoy (such as sex), HRT may be the solution you need. Focal Point Vitality is a specialized hormone replacement therapy clinic that can provide you with safe, effective treatment options to help you feel like yourself again.
What is Estrogen and Why is it Important?
Estrogen is a hormone primarily produced in the ovaries and is responsible for a woman’s reproductive development beginning in puberty.
When you consider the long list of important functions that are managed by estrogen, it makes perfect sense that decreased estrogen levels can wreak havoc on your body. Estrogen imbalance is one of the most common hormonal issues affecting women, but recognizing the signs and beginning a proactive course of treatment can help you get your health back on track.
Here are just a few of the systems and functions that rely on estrogen:
- Menstrual cycle
- Reproductive tract
- Urinary tract
- Cardiovascular system
- Skin and hair
- Brain function
- Bone health (including the prevention of osteoporosis)
Symptoms of Low Estrogen Levels
It’s not uncommon for women to begin feeling “off” as a result of dropping estrogen levels, and many say that they simply didn’t feel like themselves.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need treatment for hormonal imbalance:
- Painful sex due to vaginal dryness
- Irregular periods
- Irritability or mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Hair loss
- Trouble concentrating (“brain fog”)
- Breast tenderness
- Dry or thin, wrinkled skin
- Weight gain
- Frequent urinary tract infections
Causes of Low Estrogen Levels in Women
While it’s true that decreased estrogen is often part of approaching menopause, there are several other reasons that may be behind the decline.
Focal Point Vitality has the expertise and resources to determine the specific culprit behind your low estrogen levels, enabling us to move forward with the treatment option that best suits your needs.
Younger women may experience low estrogen as a result of:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Turner Syndrome
- Premature ovarian failure
- Low-functioning pituitary gland
- Eating disorders
- Too much exercise
Treatment for Low Estrogen in Women
You have several options when it comes to your health. Women going through menopause can undergo estrogen hormone replacement. You receive bioidentical estrogen to replace any hormones lost. Our hormone specialists offer this treatment in different forms and your replacement can be received via creams, patches, or pills.
Testosterone for Women
While many people mistakenly assume that testosterone is a hormone only important to men’s health, it actually serves a critical function in women’s’ bodies as well. As a woman, your body uses testosterone to produce a form of estrogen called estradiol. Testosterone is key to a thriving libido, excellent bone density and muscle strength, energy, and the production of new blood cells.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
While many health professionals overlook testosterone levels when evaluating women’s health, the experts at Focal Point Vitality never underestimate the impact of this important hormone. During the consultation and diagnosis process, we will work to get the “big picture” perspective of your hormonal health, including evaluating your potential for becoming a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy. If you’re interested in the possible benefits of testosterone replacement therapy, including a significant boost to your sex drive, we are happy to share more information.
Growth Hormone Therapy
While you may usually think of growth hormones as a topic reserved for athletes, growth hormone therapy can actually be a valuable option for everyday women as well. Growth hormone (GH) levels naturally decline as we age, often demonstrated by changes in body composition. A decrease in lean body mass and an increase in total body fat, especially abdominal fat, is one of the most noticeable signs of a dip in GH levels.
The hGH is one of the most important hormones affected by our body’s natural aging process, and deficiencies can have the following effects on your health:
- Increased body fat accumulation
- Fatigue and low energy
- Decreased muscle mass and strength
- Poor sleep quality
- Mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- No desire to be active
- Weakened immune system
- Decreased blood levels of IG
Growth hormone therapy may help women lose fat and gain lean muscle mass, and there’s no evidence to suggest that taking it will give healthy women (with normal growth hormone levels) the appearance of bulky muscles.
Call Focal Point Vitality Today
Don’t wait for your symptoms to worsen – there’s absolutely no reason you have to settle for feeling like less than your best. Contact Focal Point Vitality today to set up a consultation and start your journey towards rediscovering the version of yourself that you know and love.