Your hormones are tiny but powerful, coordinating many important functions like your mood, sex drive, and metabolism. When in good working order, you don’t even give them a second thought.
But as you move through various stages of life, hormone production changes. Most notable are the declines in sex hormone production — testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone — that occurs as you get older.
Changes in sex hormone levels cause a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms that affect how you feel and think and may affect your daily life.
But there’s no need to suffer with your symptoms. At Lux Health, based in Hudson, New Hampshire, our skilled nurse practitioner, Elizabeth Martell, FNP-BC, uses bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to improve hormone balance and reduce the problems that come with these age-related hormonal changes.
Here, we want to share some of the benefits of BHRT.
Relief from symptoms is one of the primary reasons people consider hormone replacement therapy. Hot flashes, night sweats, and changes in sexual health can have a huge impact on your daily life.
With BHRT, we customize your hormone therapy to match your specific hormonal needs. This means your body gets the hormones it’s lacking in amounts that can provide the most effective relief from your symptoms without unwanted side effects.
Hormonal changes zap your energy. Your sex hormones regulate energy levels and your sleep cycle. When hormones are out of balance, you may feel tired and unmotivated all of the time. Plus, getting a good night of rest is difficult if hot flashes and night sweats keep waking you up.
Restoring hormone balance may help you feel more like your usual energetic self.
Many factors contribute to age-related weight gain, like a decrease in physical activity. But your hormonal changes also make it harder to manage weight. Declining sex hormones affect your body composition and metabolism (amount of calories your body needs).
You may find it easier to manage your weight after starting bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Additionally, your boost in energy may motivate you to get more physical activity.
Your bones are constantly breaking down and rebuilding. As you get older, this process slows.
But when women hit menopause and men experience a significant decline in testosterone levels (low testosterone), bone loss significantly outpaces bone growth, putting you at risk of developing osteoporosis.
That’s because your sex hormones — estrogen in women and testosterone in men — support bone growth. When hormone levels decline, so does bone mass.
One of the most significant benefits of BHRT is that it protects bone health by slowing down bone loss, reducing the risk of more serious health problems like osteoporosis.
Though everyone’s experience with these age-related hormonal changes differ, the symptoms are so severe for some that they make it hard to function. By alleviating symptoms and boosting energy, BHRT improves quality of life.
While BHRT offers many benefits, it’s not the right treatment for everyone. If you’re experiencing hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, and weight gain, book an appointment by phone or online with our skilled practitioner.
We provide BHRT consultations through telehealth for people living in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Idaho. We can help you decide if BHRT is the right choice for you so you can get all the benefits.