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Common Questions About Hormone Replacement Therapy

You hear about hormone replacement therapy all the time. You have a vague idea about it. You know it is something that is often advised for women who are going through menopause. You wonder if it could help you as you get closer to middle age. You’ve noticed changes in your body. You’re looking for something that will give you relief and make you feel younger again. Hormone replacement therapy could be the answer. Below are answers to common questions so you can feel informed before your appointment.

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Only for Women?

While women suffering from menopause get a great deal of attention, men go through a change of life when testosterone drops as well. It’s called andropause. Hormone replacement therapy is intended for individuals who have extremely low levels of reproductive hormones.

Why Do People Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Reproductive hormone levels decrease for men and women as part of the aging process. While many people may appear to breeze through this change of life, most will experience symptoms that can get in the way. If the drop in hormones is slight, it may not even cause a person to take notice. If the change is extreme, it can make a person feel like he or she has a serious illness. Hormone replacement therapy is prescribed for individuals who have experienced a significant change in hormone levels.

What Happens When Reproductive Hormone Levels are Low?

Your body is going to tell you if something isn’t right. If your hormone levels have plummeted, you will know it. You won’t have much interest in anything. You’ll be too tired to get through your daily routine without feeling like you need a nap. Sexual libido will drop. You’re likely to struggle with your weight because you are too tired to workout and your metabolism has slowed down. You may sleep all the time or you may have trouble sleeping at all. Irritability is a major problem. Your moods can swing all over the place, heading you toward a meltdown. You may also find that you can’t keep your mind focused.

How Can I Get a Prescription for Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy must be prescribed at the approval of our professionals. That means you will need to make an appointment to be evaluated to determine if you are a candidate. Our team will need to get a blood test in order to study your blood. If your hormone levels come up as low, we will advise you about your options. Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser is conveniently located in New York. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!