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Hormone imbalances can affect everything from your mood to your weight. If you’re struggling with unbalanced hormones, the board-certified family medicine specialists at Health Solutions can help at their offices in Tinley Park, Rockford, and Flossmoor, Illinois, and Munster, Indiana. Health Solutions offers hormone therapy to rebalance your hormones. Call Health Solutions, or book an appointment online today, to learn more.
Hormone Therapy Q & A
What is hormone therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy uses medication to replace the hormones your body no longer produces on its own. It can help treat many of the symptoms of menopause and low testosterone. Specialists also use certain types of hormone therapy to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer after treatment.
What can hormone therapy treat?
Hormone therapy helps treat many common symptoms of menopause — a natural change in a woman’s reproductive cycle when she stops menstruating. Most women experience menopause in their 40s or 50s. It starts 12 months after your last period, when your estrogen levels begin to plummet.
This gradual decline in hormones can lead to a number of uncomfortable changes. Fortunately, hormone therapy can help rebalance your lost estrogen levels to treat several menopause symptoms, such as:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
Certain types of hormone therapy can also replace lost testosterone levels in men. Low testosterone, or hypogonadism, occurs when a man’s testosterone levels gradually decline. Hormone therapy can help treat many of the most common symptoms of low testosterone, such as erectile dysfunction, low libido, increased abdominal fat, and reduced bone mass.
How does hormone therapy work?
After evaluating your symptoms, your Health Solutions doctor can determine the right type of hormone therapy for you. There are many different forms of hormone therapy to suit your lifestyle, including:
You can take hormone therapy orally in the form of tablets. These pills help reduce your menopause symptoms while protecting your bones against osteoporosis. However, oral hormone therapy can cause stomach problems and be hard to absorb.
A skin patch on your stomach delivers predetermined levels of estrogen into your body to rebalance your hormones. What makes estrogen patches unique is that they offer the same benefits as oral medication, but your blood absorbs the hormones directly.
Hormone pellet therapy is an innovative form of hormone replacement that implants small pellets underneath your skin to deliver predetermined levels of estrogen or testosterone. With pellet therapy, you never have to worry about taking pills or changing your patch.
Testosterone injections can help treat low testosterone levels in both men and women. You can inject these medications into the glute or upper arm.
If you think hormone therapy is right for you, call Health Solutions, or book an appointment online today.
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