Getting older is a mixed bag. On the one hand, you have the perks of life experience, retirement, and watching your family grow. On the other hand, you face the fact that your body doesn't operate as it once did.
As you age, your body slows down its production of important chemical messengers called hormones, which causes problems like menopause. But, hormonal changes aren't just a woman's problem. Many men also succumb to hormonal changes.
You might think this is a natural part of life and one you have to put up with, but that's not always the case. Hormone replacement therapy may be able to help you feel like yourself again. And as a bonus, you have a long list of options to choose from to find the treatment that best fits your lifestyle and needs.
Here, our team at Prime Choice Family Clinic & Urgent Care in Frisco, Texas, walks through the different types of hormone replacement therapy and how they work.
Your hormone replacement options
All types of hormone replacement therapy have the same goal: replace the hormones you've lost and the hormones your body can no longer produce on its own. How you get these hormones is where you have some flexibility. Hormone therapy comes in a variety of forms, including the following:
- Oral medication
- Skin patches
- Estrogen gels
- Hormonal implants
- Vaginal estrogen
- Testosterone creams
We recommend hormone replacement therapy if you're struggling with uncomfortable symptoms associated with the natural aging process, from hot flashes and night sweats to bone and muscle loss.
Remember, hormone replacement therapy isn't just for menopausal women. If you're a man struggling with the effects of low testosterone, you're also a candidate.
Choosing the type that's right for you
Figuring out which type of hormone replacement therapy is right for you doesn’t have to be hard, but there are a few factors you should consider.
For instance, some forms require that you remember to take a pill or apply a gel. If you'd prefer a more hands-off approach, you might consider choosing an implanted form of hormone therapy.
We also review your health history and discuss the potential risks involved with hormone therapy before recommending the best option.
In the end, you may need to try a few types before you find the one that works best for you. We walk with you every step of the way and make adjustments to your treatment plan as needed.
Getting the most out of hormone replacement therapy
Besides undergoing hormone replacement therapy, there are a few things you can do on your own to help balance out your hormones and get the most out of your treatment, including:
- Eating a protein-rich, high-fiber diet
- Engaging in regular exercise
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Focusing on gut health
- Limiting your sugar intake
- Managing stress
- Eating only healthy fats, such as those found in avocados, nuts, and fish
- Establishing a healthy sleeping pattern
To learn more about hormone replacement therapy and to see if it could help you, call 214-550-0911 or book an appointment online with Prime Choice Family Clinic & Urgent Care today.