Myths and Facts About Hormone Replacement Therapy and Whether it May Be Right for You

Morris Medical Center has expertise in hormone replacement therapy for men and women.

Those tiny chemical messengers in your body — your hormones — control a lot more than you may think, which becomes glaringly obvious when your hormone levels are imbalanced. If you’re struggling with symptoms that just seemed to come out of nowhere, your hormone levels may be the behind-the-scenes culprits for these unwanted changes.

At Morris Medical Center, under the knowledgeable direction of Dr. Dareld Morris II, our medical team specializes in hormones and their influences over the human body. Whether perimenopause and menopause are causing serious quality-of-life issues or your energy levels are low, hormone replacement therapy may be just the solution you need. 

Here’s a look at some of the myths and facts surrounding hormone replacement therapy and whether you may be a candidate for this type of treatment.

Is hormone replacement therapy dangerous?

The first issue we want to address was the alarm sent up in the early 2000s linking hormone replacement therapy in women to an increased risk of certain reproductive cancers and cardiovascular issues. As it turns out, these risks were very small, and there were many other variables, such as a heightened risk for these medical conditions outside of the hormone replacement therapy. 

As well, many of the subjects were given synthetic progestins, which we don’t use. Instead, we rely on more natural estrogen therapies.

Ultimately, most women feel that the benefits of hormone replacement therapy greatly outweigh the risks, as it eliminates some of the more impactful side effects of menopause, including hot flashes, weight gain, and sleep issues.

Hormone replacement therapy as an anti-aging tool

As men and women grow older, their reproductive hormones naturally begin to wane, which is what leads to symptoms like:

Hormone replacement therapy certainly doesn’t stop the forward march of time, but it can slow the aging process somewhat by restoring your hormones to more normal levels, allowing your body to benefit from additional resources.

As well, we offer growth hormone therapies that encourage tissue repair and healing, cell renewal, bone strength and mass, mental clarity, enzyme production, and the strength and integrity of hair, nails, and skin.

To be sure, you’ll still age, but hormone replacement therapy can certainly make the road a less bumpy one.

Hormone replacement therapy is for women only

This is a myth. As we’ve discussed above, both men and women can experience declining or fluctuating hormone levels because of age or some other medical problem, and hormone replacement therapy can benefit both genders.

For men who are suffering from imbalanced hormones that lead to a loss of energy, muscle mass, and hair, among other things, hormone replacement therapy may be the perfect solution to help you feel like your old self again.

The bottom line is that we tailor our hormone replacement therapies to each individual patient to ensure that you receive the intended benefits of a boost in hormone levels.

If you’d like to explore whether hormone replacement therapy is right for you, please give one of our offices in Fort Myers or LaBelle, Florida, a call or use the convenient online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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