There’s very little in the human body that hormones don’t somehow influence, whether it’s your energy level or your appetite. Thankfully, most hormones serve you steadily throughout your life, except your reproductive hormones, which can fluctuate a great deal in both men and women.
At Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Trent Fogelman and our team not only offer a wide range of services that address your exterior, but we also recognize that some issues are best treated from the inside out. For example, if you’re suffering from an imbalance in your hormone levels, we offer hormone replacement therapy to restore order.
Here’s a look at what happens to your body when your hormones are imbalanced and how hormone replacement therapy can help.
A woman’s hormonal journey
A woman’s health is governed to a large degree by her reproductive hormones, namely estrogen and progesterone. In fact, these hormones divide a woman’s life into three stages:
- The reproductive years
As women pass through each of these stages, their estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate, which can lead to significant changes in their mental and physical health. But it’s the last stage — postmenopause — that leads to the largest imbalance.
When women pass through menopause, their ovaries shut down and produce far less estrogen and progesterone, which can lead to:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Vaginal dryness
- Dry skin
- Moodiness and anxiety
Every woman’s reaction to the hormone imbalance can differ, but these side effects are among the most common.
A man’s hormonal journey
Like women, a man’s overall health is greatly influenced by their reproductive hormones, in this case, testosterone. Although men don’t experience the same roller coaster ride that women undergo, men do gradually lose testosterone when they age, though certain medical conditions or trauma can also lead to low testosterone.
The effects of low testosterone in men typically include:
- Loss of energy
- Lower libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of lean muscle mass
- Weight gain
Here again, men may react differently to the deficit, but the above symptoms represent the majority of issues.
Using hormone replacement therapy to restore balance
One of the simplest ways to offset the negative impacts that hormone imbalances can have on men and women is through hormone replacement therapy. After thoroughly evaluating your hormone levels, we can customize a replacement plan that restores your health.
To deliver these hormones, we turn to pellets, which we place just under your skin. The pellets slowly release the necessary hormones to help bring balance back to your health. The pellets typically last 3-6 months, and when it comes time to replace them, we review how they’re working and make any necessary adjustments to achieve your wellness goals.
If you’d like to explore further how hormone replacement therapy can help you, contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-265-9255 or request an appointment using our online scheduling tool.