Women Aren’t The Only Ones Who May Benefit From Hormone Replacement Therapy

Your hormones govern a lot of the natural processes of your body, from your reproductive system to your metabolism and your sex drive. Hormones also regulate your moods, body temperature, and even the growth of your body hair. For both men and women, natural declines in sex hormone levels occur with age, bringing changes and complicated symptoms.

While you may have heard of women using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to cope with symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes and reduced libido, did you know HRT can benefit men as they age, as well? At Morris Medical Center, Dareld R. Morris II, DO provides hormone-based treatment to both male and female patients in southwestern Florida.

Declining hormone levels?

Your hormone levels fluctuate across your life, sharply increasing during puberty and then beginning to slowly decline as you enter late middle age. For men, the male sex hormone testosterone begins to taper off beginning in your 30s, becoming significantly lowered for some men by the time they reach their 50s. Women typically undergo menopause in late middle age, with the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone decreasing as the monthly menstrual cycle halts.

While decreasing hormone levels later in life are normal, they can also be accompanied by uncomfortable or unwanted side effects. Both men and women can find lower hormones interfering with their weight, personal health, and sex life. With HRT, you can replenish your hormone levels to reduce your symptoms and restore your full vitality.

How hormone therapy can help

With hormone replacement, you take a prescribed supplement of the hormones your body no longer produces in high quantities, leveling out your overall system. For female patients, Dr. Morris sometimes suggests systemic estrogen treatments in pill, patch, gel, cream, or spray formats. Estrogen treatments smooth the process of menopause, and can also work to protect women from osteoporosis.

For male patients, Dr. Morris also sometimes suggests HRT to address physical and personal concerns. Testosterone levels below the healthy range can be treated with gels, patches, and oral medications, improving your mood and reviving your libido, also working to raise your overall energy levels. With HRT, men can become leaner, fitter, and more active. HRT for men can also help with healthy blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, increasing bone density and muscle mass, and giving your skin a more youthful, elastic appearance.

Male and female patients can also both potentially benefit from growth hormone therapy. We use growth hormones to support your healing and regenerative capabilities, including bone-strengthening and cell rejuvenation. Growth hormone therapy can give you stronger hair, skin, and nails, as well.

To find out what HRT could do for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Morris today. You can book your appointment at our Fort Myers or LaBelle, Florida offices by calling over the phone, or with the convenient online tool.

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