Am I a Candidate for Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Your hormones play an important role in maintaining your body’s health and vitality. A decrease in the production of hormones can result in several undesirable signs and symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, headaches, mood swings, fatigue, depression, inability to concentrate, vaginal dryness, weight gain, and brittle bones.
In men, these changes occur gradually, usually starting around age 30 when the production of the male hormone testosterone starts to decline. The changes are more abrupt in women and occur around the perimenopausal period mainly due to imbalances in progrestrone and estrogen levels.
You may be an ideal candidate for hormone replacement therapy in the following situations:
- Severe Menopausal Symptoms: If hot flashes, nighsweats, mood swings, and fatigue are interfering with your activites of daily living then hormone replacement therapy may be the ideal solution.
- Early Menopause: In women who undergo menopause at an early age, the benefits of hormone replacement therapy include protection from heart disease and osteoporosis in addition to relief of menopausal symptoms.
- Surgical Menopause: You may have entered menopause due to surgical removal of your ovaries before the age of 45 necessitating hormone replacement.
- Menopause due to Chemotherapy: Hormone replacement is indicated when reduced hormone levels may be caused due to chemotherapy treatment of cancer.
- Loss of Libido: Failure to achieve or maintain an erection, pain during intercourse, and lack of intrest in sexual activity may be caused due to low sex hormone levels.
- Chronic Stress: Repeated exposure to high levels of physical and emotional stress can cause hormonal imbalance resulting in fatigue and loss of energy levels.
- Positive Low Hormone Tests: If your blood test has confirmed abnormally low hormone levels then hormone replacement should be able to quickly resolve your symptoms.
The best time to initiate hormone replacement therapy is when your hormone levels begin to decline. The longer you wait after you first notice symptoms, the more your body’s health may be negatively affected.