Hormone Therapy for Women
At Hormone Therapy of Orlando, one thing we know for sure is that virtually every woman will suffer from hormonal imbalance at some point in life. Puberty, PMS, birth control pills, post-birth control pill syndrome, pregnancy, hysterectomies, perimenopause, and post-menopause can all cause fluctuations and changes in female hormone production.
Perimenopause and post-menopause are responsible for significant physical changes in women. Perimenopause causes changes years before the final menstrual period. Its arrival is signaled by changes in the length of time between periods. Perimenopause can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years and usually begins during the mid-40s but may occur earlier. Menopause begins about one year after the final menstrual period. During this transition time, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels fluctuate dramatically.
Symptoms of Hormone Deficiencies in Women
During perimenopause and post-menopause, it’s not unusual to experience the following:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Elevated heart rate
- Sleep disturbances, insomnia, fatigue
- Mood changes—irritability, depression, anxiety, apathy
- Urinary issues
- Dry itchy skin
- Hair loss
- Vaginal dryness—which can lead to discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Low libido and other sexual function disorders
Although these symptoms are often menopause-related, stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and environmental toxins can produce similar problems at any age.
What Hormones are Common in Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women?
A balance of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone is required to prevent unwanted body changes during and after menopause. Most natural hormone replacement regimens include all of these components, in doses specifically customized to each woman’s particular needs.
Estrogen. A woman’s body naturally produces three different types of estrogen: estriol, estradiol, and estrone. As estrogen levels naturally decrease, there is an increased risk of heart disease, cognitive decline, osteopenia, and osteoporosis. In estrogen replacement therapy, progesterone and testosterone play key roles.
Progesterone. Natural progesterone is produced only in the ovaries. Women often think they don’t need progesterone if they’ve had a hysterectomy; however, this is not true. Your body still needs progesterone for many important functions such as:
- Improving the body’s fat-burning ability
- Balancing estrogen
- Maintaining the lining of the uterus
- Protecting against fibrocystic breast
- Promoting bone formation and density
- Providing antidepressant qualities
- Aiding thyroid function
- Maintaining a healthy sex drive
- Acting as a precursor of other key hormones
Low progesterone levels can result in many undesirable symptoms during perimenopause and post-menopause. One of progesterone’s functions is to support the balance of the body’s estrogen levels. A healthy hormone balance of estrogen and progesterone is critical to the optimal functioning of women’s bodies.
Testosterone. Both men and women produce testosterone. In women, the ovary makes small amounts, even after menopause. If the ovaries are removed or stop producing testosterone, a deficiency can produce the following symptoms:
- Loss of libido
- Decreased energy levels
- Decrease in bone density
- Muscle loss and weakness
- Breast tenderness
- Hot flashes
Why Consider Hormone Therapy?
At Hormone Therapy of Orlando, we specialize in helping you live longer and stronger before, during, and after menopause. Our therapy can also correct hormonal imbalances that may occur at any time in life. The key lies in rebalancing the hormones using bioidentical hormones, which are very similar to what your body would naturally produce on its own. This minimizes many of the risks associated with synthetic hormones. Find out more about Hormone Therapy here.
How Our Program Works
As one of central Florida’s premier hormone therapy and anti-aging clinics, we take pride in our extensive lab panels. For your benefit, we offer affordable in-house lab testing with a 24-48 hour turnaround time. This is a good option for patients with or without insurance, depending on lab coverage.
After your lab panel is drawn, we will schedule your comprehensive consultation to review your results. During your initial consultation, our specialist will review your lab results along with your in-depth medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, and health goals. Your custom treatment plan may include medications, supplements, or both. For your convenience, your treatment plan ships straight to your home or office. If your plan includes hormone pellet therapy, a future or same-day insertion appointment will be made.
Throughout your therapy, we will continue to oversee and monitor your progress with follow-up lab work and consultations. Should you experience any unwanted side effects, we trust you’ll let us know immediately. Often, simply tweaking the dosage will swiftly eliminate them.
Are you a candidate for hormone therapy? Schedule a free consultation with our specialist to find out. It could be the best hour you ever spent in your pursuit to reverse aging and restore health and vitality.
The V-Shot Could be All You Need
In the event you are not a candidate for hormone replacement therapy, the V-Shot may provide you relief from sex-related issues. Read more about the V-Shot here.
Addressing the Root Cause
What if your test results indicate that it’s not a female hormone issue, but something else that is unbalanced? Some other causes of low libido include adrenal fatigue and diabetes. The blood panel gives us the information we need to find the root cause of your symptoms so we can create an effective treatment plan.
Here are some of the other areas we may look into based on your test results:
Schedule Your Hormone Therapy Treatment
Our motto puts it perfectly, “Hormone Therapy Of Orlando offers a unique wellness experience for men and women by providing recognized regenerative medicine, hormone optimization, peptide therapies, weight loss programs, and aesthetic treatments. As a premier anti-aging clinic, our goal is to add more years to your life, and more life to your years.”
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