Change is an inevitable part of life. And as you get older, hormonal changes can have a significant impact on the way you feel in your day-to-day life.
Your hormone levels naturally decline with age. But all too often, hormone levels get too low. The resulting hormonal imbalance causes a range of physical and emotional symptoms. The good news? You have treatment options.
Pamela Phillips, Ph.D., FNP-C, and our skilled team at Phillips Family Medical specialize in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to address hormonal imbalances and alleviate your most bothersome symptoms.
If you’re wondering whether BHRT might be right for you, here are five signs it’s time to learn more about it.
Estrogen and progesterone are the main female reproductive hormones, and testosterone is the main male reproductive hormone. These hormones affect your sex drive, and they decline as you get older.
That means decreased sex drive is an extremely common symptom of hormonal imbalance in both men and women. BHRT can help increase your hormone levels and restore your libido, leading to a more satisfying sex life.
Hormones influence your energy levels. If you’re constantly feeling fatigued and low energy — especially if you’re getting enough sleep — it could be due to a hormonal imbalance.
BHRT can help increase your energy levels, making it easier to keep up your daily activities and enjoy an active lifestyle.
It’s normal to feel irritable every once in a while. But if you feel like you’re not in control of your emotions or you’re more irritable than you used to be, a hormonal imbalance could be to blame.
Hormonal imbalance can impact your mood and emotional well-being. Since BHRT regulates hormone levels, it can help you enjoy improved emotional stability and a more positive outlook.
Hormones affect the way your body stores fat. That means a hormonal imbalance could make it hard to lose weight or maintain your weight — even if you’re exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.
Hormonal imbalance can actually cause weight gain, particularly in your midsection. BHRT can help restore hormone balance, making it easier to lose excess weight (including stubborn belly fat) or maintain a healthy weight.
Along with weight gain, hormonal imbalance can trigger changes in body composition. You might find that you’re losing muscle mass and strength, even if you haven’t made changes to your workout routine.
Decreased muscle mass and strength can make it harder to maintain an active lifestyle, but BHRT can help. Rebalancing your hormones can help fight the loss of muscle mass and increase your quality of life.
So, how does BHRT work? Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources, and they’re structurally identical to the hormones your body makes. That means they’re easily recognized and utilized by the human body.
BHRT helps replace the hormones your body has stopped making to relieve the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Compared to other types of hormone therapy, BHRT often delivers more effective results and fewer side effects.
Our team can help you decide if BHRT is right for you with a comprehensive consultation. We review your medical history, your symptoms, and your health. Depending on your needs, we may recommend BHRT creams, gels, injections, or implantation pellets.
BHRT is highly customizable, and we regularly monitor your hormone levels to ensure your treatment is as effective and safe as possible.
If you’re dealing with any of the symptoms above, it’s time to explore BHRT as a treatment option. Schedule a consultation at Phillips Family Medical to find out if it’s right for you. Call our DeSoto, Texas, office at 972-709-3415 or request an appointment online now.