It’s not until something is missing that you understand how big a part it played in your life, which perfectly describes your reproductive hormones.
Each year in the United States, more than one million women are transitioning through menopause, which occurs when their ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone hormones. On the male side of the reproductive hormone equation, between 10% and 40% of adult males have a testosterone deficiency.
As a result, men and women across the country experience everything from fatigue and loss of libido to hot flashes and irritability.
To improve your quality of life and your health and wellness, Dr. Scott Lafferty and the team here at Lafferty Family Care offer innovative bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
Here’s a look at who’s a good candidate for this effective and popular approach to rebalancing hormones.
Menopause casts a wide net
Let’s start with women, most of whom transition out of their reproductive years and through menopause in their late 40s and early 50s. This transition occurs when the ovaries begin to shut down and they no longer produce hormones.
The subsequent loss of estrogen and progesterone hormones can lead to a wide range of unwelcome side effects, including:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Bone loss
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of libido
- Thinning hair
- Irritability and anxiety
This list is far from complete, as menopause can affect women in a variety of ways, but the above are the most common complaints.
The effects of low T in men
“Low T” is the term used for testosterone deficiency, which can lead to:
- Low libido
- Sexual dysfunction
- Muscle loss
- Irritability and anxiety
- Weight gain
- Body hair loss
As with the women, men respond to lower hormone levels in various ways, but these are representative of the more common symptoms of low T.
Enter bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
If you can relate to any of the symptoms we outline above, you may be a candidate for BHRT. As the name suggests, the goal of this therapy is to rebalance your hormones to improve your overall health and wellness.
Unlike other hormone replacement methods, such as pills and creams, with BHRT, we insert pellets just under your skin that slowly and steadily release hormones into your system for 4-6 months. This approach is not only clean and hassle-free, it prevents the hormonal ups and downs of other replacement methods.
The term bioidentical refers to the fact that the replacement hormones we use are chemically identical to your natural hormones, but they’re derived from plants.
The first step toward BHRT is to schedule an appointment with us so we can review your symptoms and test your hormone levels. To get started today, please contact our office in Bentonville, Arkansas.