When Is The Best Time To Start Hormone Replacement Therapy?

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If you are approaching your 40s, 50s, or 60s, you may have noticed some uncomfortable and even frustrating changes in your body, mind, and more. For many men and women, these are expected side effects of andropause and menopause, which are marked by a natural decline in hormone levels. With hormone replacement therapy, patients can restore their normal hormone levels and find much-needed symptom relief. At Renew Laser & Skin – with convenient offices in Sugar Land, TX, Dr. Nina Desai and Dr. Dhara Patel help men and women regain control of their lives and feel more youthful again with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Read on for a closer look at bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT), including what age range may be the right time to consider treatment.

Who needs hormone replacement therapy?

Most often, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is used to boost hormone levels in patients who are experiencing the unwanted side effects of menopause and andropause. However, there are some cases when younger patients may require hormone therapy.

What symptoms can be improved with BHRT?

Because our hormones are involved in regulating so many critical processes and functions in the body, a change in the hormones or an abnormal hormone level can cause significant symptoms. By leveling out the hormones with BHRT, patients can enjoy long-lasting relief almost immediately.

Menopause symptoms that may be improved with BHRT include:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Low sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of bone density
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair

Andropause symptoms that may be improved with BHRT include:

  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Fatigue
  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Hair loss

What is the right age to start hormone therapy?

Believe it or not, patients can begin experiencing the signs and symptoms of andropause or menopause as early as age 30 when hormone levels start to decline. In the majority of cases, these symptoms are mild and subtle for several years – or even decades – before intervention is needed. However, some men and women choose to start HRT around age 30 – 40 to prevent worsening symptoms before they occur. On average, patients tend to start hormone replacement therapy for menopause or andropause between ages 45 – 55. During your initial consultation for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at Renew Laser & Skin, in Sugar Land, TX, Dr. Desai or Dr. Patel will take ample time to discuss your concerns, review your medical history, perform any necessary lab work, and determine whether you may qualify for treatment.

What’s the difference between HRT and BHRT?

BHRT stands for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, which is a revolutionary approach to hormone therapy that involves the use of plant-based hormones. These hormones are custom-compounded and designed to identically mimic naturally occurring hormones found in the human body. This, combined with BHRT’s pellet delivery system, gives patients a convenient, efficient, and consistent alternative to traditional hormone therapies.

Take back your life and feel young all over again with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Sugar Land, TX

It’s never too late to make a change in your life. If you are frustrated by the side effects of menopause, andropause, or hormone imbalance, we can help. Call Renew Laser & Skin in Sugar Land, TX today to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Nina Desai or Dr. Dhara Patel, and take the first step toward feeling better than ever with BHRT!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.