The benefits of hormone replacement therapy are enormous. Aside from the alleviation of the symptoms being treated, there is an elevation of mood, an increase in collagen to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, cessation of hair loss, improved sleep patterns, decreased fatigue as well as major improvements in memory, concentration, and focusing. Libido can be rediscovered as well as sexual performance, improved orgasm and elimination of erectile dysfunction can be expected.
A major advantage of this treatment is the reduction of visceral fat, which is the blanket of fat that surrounds the intestine. Visceral fat is a source of inflammatory proteins which are a major factor in heart disease and a significant contribution to diabetes. Reduction of visceral fat not only produces abdominal weight loss but is highly protective against systemic disease.
If you are looking into natural hormone replacement therapy, our office can help you understand the numerous benefits of such treatment as well as how it will likely treat the symptoms you are experiencing.
Variation of Benefits
How one takes hormone replacement therapy has a significant bearing upon the benefits of therapy. If vaginal estrogen is taken for pain with intercourse it will make a major impact upon sexual feeling, but the effectiveness is strictly limited to the vagina.
Taking low dose estrogen and progesterone systemically will address many symptoms but may not afford the protection against heart disease, stroke or high cholesterol, nor will it increase muscle mass and produce increased endurance or strength.
Only optimal dosing of the major hormones estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone, DHEA, and thyroid hormone is both men and women, will provide all of the benefits of therapy.
The short-term benefits of therapy are related primarily to your symptom relief such as flushes and night sweats, sleep disturbance, vaginal dryness and cognitive dysfunction.
The major benefits of therapy require a long-term view to build muscle mass, reverse the effects of coronary and carotid artery plaque formation, eliminate the use of antidepressants, and reduce the risk for vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Long Term Benefits
There are many women and men who are for the most part, free of symptoms of aging, are knowledgeable and well-read who desire hormone replacement therapy. Those that understand the impact of well-controlled, randomized studies that unequivocally prove hormone replacement positively affects cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, macular degeneration and osteoporosis and wish to proactively take control of their health.
Many people have family members with these debilitating illnesses and have seen for themselves how it limits the quality and longevity of life and understand how HRT will benefit them.
Benefits vs. Risks
The major risks are primarily side effects such as fluid retention, bloating, headache, unwanted bleeding, hair loss and acne formation.
Individuals who have significant obesity, with a BMI over 40 have significant cardiovascular and blood clot risks should not go through this therapy. Women who have inherited thrombophilia, or conditions such as Factor V Leiden deficiency are predisposed to phlebitis and pulmonary embolus must be cautious with estrogen therapy. Additionally, until women with estrogen-dependent cancers, i.e. breast and uterine cancer, need to be free of the disease before realizing the benefits of HRT.
Knowledge is Power
It is really important to learn as much as you can about hormone replacement therapy prior to your consultation.
Those men and women who arrive well-read to their appointment will have a more meaningful discussion and be more highly motivated to go forward with a replacement program than someone who is unsure of what bioidentical hormones are and needs to be educated from the ground up. A
A well-informed patient is more likely to understand results will not be immediate and is less likely to discontinue treatment prematurely because of lack of perceived benefits.