Nearly 85% of postmenopausal women experience some menopause-related symptoms caused by the drop in their reproductive hormones, and 20% of men over the age of 60 have lower-than-normal testosterone levels. What these numbers illustrate is that hormone deficiencies in men and women are common. Thankfully, we can make up the difference through hormone replacement therapy.
At Cosmetic Surgery Center, our team helps patients realize their cosmetic goals on the outside, but we also want you to feel as great as you look on the inside. To that end, we offer hormone replacement therapies for both women and men under the direction of board-certified gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Trent Fogleman.
If you’re wondering whether your hormone levels could use a boost, here’s a look at some of the telltale signs.
If you’re a woman, a drop in your reproductive hormones is inevitable as you pass through menopause, which is the transition out of your reproductive years. As your ovaries begin to shut down in your late 40s or early 50s, they no longer release eggs. Your ovaries are also responsible for producing most of your reproductive hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, so when your ovaries shut down, so does the production of these hormones.
While some women weather the precipitous drop fairly easily, most are saddled with postmenopausal symptoms that may include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Bone loss
This list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of just how influential your reproductive hormones are, which is made abundantly clear when they’re gone.
If you’re struggling with any of these symptoms, and they’ve been going on for months or years, hormone replacement therapy is an extremely effective solution that can resolve many of these problems, namely hot flashes, bone loss, and vaginal dryness.
At our practice, we use bioidentical hormones, which are molecularly identical to your own hormones. We deliver them through slow-release pellets that we insert under your skin.
You’re up, gentlemen
While testosterone deficiencies are more common as you get older, men of any age can have imbalances that lead to low testosterone, also called low T.
The most common signs of low T include:
- Lower libido
- Hair loss
- Loss of lean muscle
- Weight gain
- Erectile dysfunction
- Cognitive difficulties, usually with memory
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, or you’re just not feeling quite like yourself, we urge you to come see us so that we can check your testosterone levels. If we find that they’re lower than normal, we offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy — which we deliver through pellets that we place under your skin.
If you’d like to learn more about how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can restore your quality of life, please contact our office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to set up a consultation.