The health and wellness of both men and women are influenced, to a surprising degree, by their reproductive hormones; namely testosterone and estrogen. When these levels dip, it can lead to unwelcome side effects that include vaginal dryness in women or erectile dysfunction in men.
To treat these side effects, our team at Advanced Aesthetics Lopez Plastic Surgery, which is led by Dr. Manuel Lopez, offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Using this innovative approach to metabolic wellness, we’ve been able to help many San Antonio residents feel like their old selves again.
Here’s a look at just some of the many benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for both men and women.
What is BHRT?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a technique in which we place pellets under your skin, in the subcutaneous fat, that slowly release estradiol and/or testosterone, depending upon your gender. The pellets last for 3-6 months, at which time you simply return for another insertion.
Women go through several reproductive stages during their lives and each is precipitated by a change in their hormone levels. Arguably the most dramatic change is when women enter perimenopause and menopause, which signals the end of their reproductive years.
As your ovaries shut down, you not only cease ovulating, your ovaries slow their production of estrogen. The subsequent dip in estrogen levels can lead to life-altering side effects, including:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of libido
- Mood swings
- Sleep issues
- Trouble focusing
While some women don’t experience any of these symptoms, they are the rare exceptions. Most women encounter some quality-of-life issues while transitioning through menopause, which is where BHRT can help. In fact, the North American Menopause Society favors hormone therapies for women between the ages of 51 and 60 who are experiencing symptoms, stating that, “Hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.”
Now the men
While men may not experience the precipitous drop in reproductive hormones that women do, testosterone levels can still decline with age. The telltale signs of low testosterone, or low T, include:
- Lower libido
- Loss of lean muscle mass
- Erectile dysfunction
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we urge you to come in so that we can evaluate your testosterone levels. If we find that they’re low, we can start you on BHRT, which should remedy many of the issues we outlined above.
To learn more about the benefits of BHRT and whether you’re a candidate, contact one of our locations in Boerne, Alamo Heights, New Braunfels, Spring Branch, or San Antonio, Texas.