How Hormone Replacement Therapy Differs For Men And Women
You may think of hormone replacement therapy as something that’s many years – or even decades – away. In reality, patients in their 40s, 30s, and even younger can benefit from hormone replacement therapy to alleviate a number of frustrating and embarrassing symptoms. In addition to customizing hormone replacement therapy based on a patient’s age and overall goals, board-certified gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Otto Huertas and the expert team at Dallas Cosmetic Center in Dallas, TX take great care to tailor each HRT plan to meet the unique needs of men vs. women. Learn more about the differences in hormonal imbalance and hormone treatment options between men and women here.
What causes hormone imbalance?
Over the course of a person’s lifetime, his or her hormone levels will fluctuate a number of times. In some cases, these hormonal shifts are expected, such as during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. Other times, the hormone levels may unexpectedly rise or fall, causing a host of unwanted symptoms. Some of the most common causes of hormone change or imbalance include:
- Certain medications
- Steroid use
- Underlying conditions
What are the signs of hormonal imbalance?
The signs and symptoms of a hormone issue can vary quite significantly based on the nature and severity of the problem, which hormones are affected, the cause of the abnormal hormone levels, and other factors. Most often, hormone changes impact the two main sex hormones, androgen and estrogen. Because of this, men and women may notice gender-specific symptoms of hormonal imbalance, including:
Signs of hormone imbalance in men:
- Low libido
- Sexual dysfunction/erectile dysfunction
- Brain fog
- Low energy
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Decrease in muscle mass
Signs of hormonal imbalance in women:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Irregular periods/loss of periods
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain with intercourse
- Low libido
- Brain fog
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Increased facial hair
How is hormonal imbalance treated?
Because hormones control some of the most personal and intimate processes in the human body, it is essential that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is customized for each patient as an individual. During your initial consultation for HRT in Dallas, TX, Dr. Huertas will take a thorough health history, perform any necessary lab studies, perform a physical examination (including a pelvic exam for women), and discuss the various options for treatment. Using the most advanced and effective HRT methods available, Dr. Huertas is proud to offer much-needed menopause and andropause relief to men and women through the following delivery systems:
- Oral medications/pills
Hormone replacement pellets are the preferred delivery system of Dr. Huertas and the majority of his patients, thanks to their convenience, discretion, and efficacy. With this method of treatment, Dr. Huertas will insert tiny pellets just beneath the skin of the upper buttocks, which work to release a constant dose of hormones over the course of several months. This allows patients to avoid the “roller-coaster” effect that is associated with other forms of treatment and offers continuous symptom relief for up to 4 – 6 months before a new pellet will need to be inserted. Because hormone replacement therapy pellets can be compounded to meet each patient’s specific needs, Dr. Huertas is able to customize this revolutionary treatment option based on your age, hormone levels, symptoms, and – of course – gender. With advanced hormone replacement therapy, both men and women can finally regain the confidence, sexual function, comfort, and more youthful feeling they deserve.
Look and feel better than ever with hormone replacement therapy in Dallas, TX
Whether you are a man or a woman, 30 years old or 60 years old, and have mild symptoms or severely disruptive symptoms, customized hormone replacement therapy can help restore your hormone levels to the physiologic range and give you back control over your everyday life. To learn more about hormone replacement therapy for women and men in Dallas, TX, call the knowledgeable team at Dallas Cosmetic Center to schedule your private consultation with board-certified gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Otto Huertas today!