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Is Hormone Therapy Right for You?

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September 12, 2023

Are you curious about hormone therapy but unsure about what it is or if it could help you? We are here to help clear away some of the confusion by answering some of the most frequently asked questions about this treatment. Keep reading to find out if hormone replacement therapy is right for you!

What is hormone replacement therapy?

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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment used to correct hormone imbalances, usually involving estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. For many, that means easing menopause symptoms or increasing testosterone levels for libido and other health issues. Hormone therapy can be taken in a variety of forms, from skin patches, gels, and creams to injections, pills, and more.

Who benefits from hormone therapy?

HRT is beneficial for a variety of needs in both men and women because it can be tailored to fit your exact situation. Some benefits of hormone replacement therapy for women include:

  • Reduces hot flashes and other menopause symptoms
  • Eases vaginal dryness and discomfort
  • Improves bone health
  • Elevates mood and energy levels

If you’re someone who is experiencing menopause, an estrogen deficiency, or some kind of other hormonal imbalance, and the symptoms are hindering your quality of life, hormone therapy is definitely an option to speak with your doctor about!

Low testosterone levels can result in weakness, fatigue, mental health struggles, low libido, and more, so men can also greatly benefit from hormone replacement therapy. Take a look at some ways it can help:

  • Improves libido
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Enhances mood
  • Reduces heart and diabetes risks

You don’t have to live with the frustrating symptoms of low testosterone. Hormone therapy for men is available and can get you back to feeling your best again.

Are there risks associated with HRT?

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Hormone therapy is a safe and effective treatment for many, but because it is an individualized treatment, results and risks can vary depending on the person. Your doctor will discuss in great detail the specific risks you might face, and whether the benefits will outweigh those risks. Before beginning this type of treatment, you and your doctor will go through your medical history, your age, specific symptoms you’re experiencing, and the different types of HRT available. Once you decide on a treatment and begin the process, consistent monitoring and supervision from your healthcare provider is essential for maintaining the best possible treatment plan.

How can Harrison Pharmacy & Wellness help?

Our local compounding pharmacy provides bio-identical hormone therapy. These compounded medications can be personalized to your specific needs, such as dosage strength and form. If you’re allergic to a particular ingredient, we can adjust your hormone therapy, and we can help you and your doctor determine which method of administration will be the most effective.

Now that you know a bit more about hormone therapy, you are one step closer to knowing if it is right for you. If you have additional questions or concerns, our team of professionals is just a phone call away! Please reach out to us, and we will do our best to assist you however we can.