HealthGAINS offers a full spectrum of hormone replacement therapy
(HRT) programs that counteract declining hormone levels to help you feel
revitalized, rejuvenated, and more energetic. Each type of hormone therapy
is meticulously designed around your medical history and lifestyle so you
can receive the best possible results.
HRT programs offered by HealthGAINS have provided thousands of patients with the following benefits:
- Increased muscle mass and strength
- Higher sex drive
- Increased endurance and energy
- Improved cognitive function
- Elevated mood
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
HRT therapy is used to replace natural hormones in men and women with reduced testosterone, progesterone, and/or estrogen levels. Hormone levels in men and women can be depleted due to factors such as aging, menopause, and thyroid disease. HRT for women may contain estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone. HRT for men usually only contains testosterone, HCG, and a possible estrogen blocker. HRT is available in the form of tablets, injections, creams, and gels.
Additional hormone therapies for both men and women may include the use of human growth hormone (HGH) and other peptides such as ipamorelin and sermorelin. HGH and stimulation peptides plays a role in growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration. Ipamorelin and sermorelin are both peptides that may complement a patient’s HRT program—ipamorelin mimics the hormone ghrelin to stimulate the growth hormone, while sermorelin stimulates the production and secretion of hormones like HGH and testosterone.
Why is HRT Important?
Hormones play a role in many bodily processes and functions including mood, reproduction, growth, sexual function, and metabolism. Reduced hormone levels in men and women can affect mood, energy, and vitality, and increase the risk for serious health problems. Women with low estrogen levels are at a higher risk for osteoporosis, while men with low testosterone levels have an increased risk of erectile dysfunction and heart disease. Men and women with declined hormone levels also commonly suffer from depression, fatigue, loss of sexual libido, and weight gain.
What are Common Symptoms of Low Hormone Levels?
Low Hormone Levels in Men
Low testosterone in men commonly occurs due to factors such as aging, obesity, low thyroid function, and certain underlying medical conditions. Andropause is a term commonly used to describe reduced testosterone production in older men.
Low Hormone Levels in Women
Low hormone levels in women are most commonly caused by menopause. Most women begin the transition to menopause in their mid- to late 40s. In the U.S., the average age of menopause is 52, according to the Office on Women’s Health. Perimenopause is the transition to menopause, while postmenopause is when menstrual periods have stopped completely. Perimenopausal and postmenopausal symptoms are highly similar to those of menopause
- Loss of muscle size and strength
- Increased body fat
- Bone loss
- Reduced sex drive
- Low sperm count
- Erectile dysfunction
- Sleep disturbances
- Increased breast size
- Hot flashes
- Problems with concentration
- Irregular or missed menstrual periods
- Heavy bleeding during periods
- Spotting between periods
- Menstrual periods that last longer than one week
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Urinary incontinence
- Frequent vaginal or bladder infections
- Sleep disturbances
- Reduced sex drive
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Memory problems
One-on-one visits at least one time per week, nutritional counseling, and the accountability factor make our high quality service and care a top priority.
The second component of this program is moderate exercise. It is a well-known fact that the higher percentage of muscle, the quicker the metabolic rate. We will be encouraging our patients, through our Exercise Guide to engage in some form of light exercise. The final component is the medication, which is combined with the concern and follow-up of our committed physicians.
What Causes Low Hormone Levels?
Low hormone levels in men and women are usually due to the natural aging process, genetics, and certain lifestyle behaviors practiced over a long time. Physical inactivity, lack of sleep, smoking, and poor nutrition are some additional factors shown to reduce these values.
Certain diseases and medical conditions can also lead to a decline. Turner syndrome, chronic kidney disease, anorexia, and low-functioning pituitary gland are shown to reduce estrogen levels in women. Klinefelter’s syndrome, hemochromatosis, tumors, infection, and cancer treatments are shown to reduce testosterone levels in men.
Other factors that may cause hormonal imbalances in men and women include chronic stress, diabetes, an overactive or underactive thyroid, excess body weight, substance abuse, Cushing’s syndrome, Addison’s disease, pancreatitis, and cancer.
Hormone Replacement Theraphy
What are the Different Types of HRT?
There are many types of HRT available to treat various hormone conditions. Your doctor will work with you one-on-one to develop an individualized treatment plan that works best for you based on your unique health situation. The types of hormones you receive in HRT will depend largely on the root cause of your hormonal imbalance.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHRT)
mimic the hormones naturally produced by the body to renew your vitality more effectively than synthetic hormones. BHRT is shown to produce fewer side effects than synthetic HRT and can be individualized for each patient to supply the exact needed dose of hormones. Benefits of BHRT include increased sex drive, reduced fatigue, improved sleep, and improved memory and concentration.
What’s the Difference Between Bioidentical and Synthetic Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are an exact molecule-for-molecule match to the hormones naturally produced by your body. Compared to BHRT, conventional HRT uses synthetic hormones derived mainly from animal sources.
Are There Side Effects Associated with HRT Programs
The medical experts at HealthGAINS have extensive experience in HRT. Labs are closely monitored to identify and reduce any potential side effects.
Will I Need to Use HRT Forever?
HRT is a therapy of choice and can help you stay on top of your health and wellness goals. You do not need to use HRT forever. However, stopping HRT may reverse the positive gains you’ve made in regards to your health and may result in some or all symptoms coming back. Our wellness specialists, medical team, and Concierge Team will help you develop and stick to an HRT plan that works best for you.
How Soon Will I See Results from HRT?
HRT is different for everyone and generally takes about six to eight weeks to produce noticeable results.
Can HRT Cause Cancer?
HealthGAINS has not found physician-guided evidence that it is linked with cancer.
Can Women Use HRT to Increase Their Libido?
Yes. Many women seek HRT programs in Miami and other parts of Florida to benefit from increased sexual libido. ThermiVa and FemiWave are sexual wellness treatments that may complement HRT.
Can I receive HRT if I Have Diabetes?
Yes. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and want to learn more about hormone therapy in LD MEDICAL CENTER contact one of our Wellness