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Hormone Replacement Therapy

As we age,  all women and most men naturally lose hormones that are essential for their overall health and sexual well-being. At Endocrine Help, Dr. Ana Silva offers individualized hormone replacement therapy to restore your hormone levels, effectively reversing your symptoms and preventing health complications. Her extensive training and understanding of hormone balance allow Dr. Ana to offer a variety of treatment options including compounded and bio-identical therapy options. Her holistic approach takes into consideration how you feel to guide treatment options. Hormone replacement therapy is a complex process that should only be undertaken by a trained and licensed specialist. Dr. Ana uses telemedicine and provides comprehensive medical care to patients throughout Florida online, so you can receive hormone replacement therapy without leaving your home.

 

Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQs

When can a woman need HRT?

While hormone replacement therapy is often considered after menopause, many women start to develop symptoms during perimenopause, which is the 3-5 years before menopause. Hormone levels fluctuate during perimenopause, causing symptoms such as irregular menstrual periods and hot flashes.

When you reach menopause, your ovaries stop producing estrogen. This dramatic drop in hormones has a significant impact throughout your body, yet each woman’s experience is different. You may have few symptoms and mild problems, or you could suffer from severe symptoms that affect your health.

What symptoms can HRT alleviate?

Hormone replacement therapy alleviates menopause symptoms such as:

  • Hot flashes

  • Night sweats

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Painful intercourse

  • Loss of sex drive

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Mood swings

  • Insomnia

  • Memory problems

Losing estrogen also significantly increases your risk for osteoporosis, weight gain, and dry skin. Hormone replacement therapy helps you prevent estrogen-related health problems.

When can a man benefit from HRT?

Around the age of 30, testosterone levels in men naturally decline, dropping by as much as 2% every year. 

When testosterone levels go down, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Loss of sex drive

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Osteoporosis

  • Weight gain

  • Loss of muscle mass

  • Loss of muscle strength

  • Loss of body and beard hair

  • Difficulty concentrating

As they get older, men are also at risk for hypogonadism, a condition that further reduces testosterone levels. With individualized hormone replacement therapy, your normal testosterone levels are restored, and your symptoms are reversed.

How can I get hormone replacement therapy?

Dr. Ana uses a web-based practice, which means all your medical care is provided online using a secure telehealth portal that protects your privacy. You will have a comprehensive review of your medical history along with your current symptoms, advanced laboratory data and testing may be required for a proper diagnosis. Dr. Ana will then review your treatment options from compounded bio-identical hormones to conventional hormone replacement therapies.