Hormones are the chemical messengers in your body. Blood carries hormones to organs and tissue to control growth, sexual function, metabolism, reproduction, and at times, even your moods.
Hormonal therapy is often used to help in the aging process and help with other health issues. The declining hormone levels can cause low energy, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, and libido loss. Hormone replacement therapy does not reverse aging or give you total health. Still, it does alleviate symptoms and reduce the risk of diseases.
Hormone therapy helps to regulate the thyroid. Thyroid hormones are used for everything from muscle strength, keeping our heart and nervous system in working order, and your metabolism. You can take hormone-blocking medications when you make too much thyroid hormone, or it can help you make the proper amount of hormones.
Hormonal treatments relieve menopause symptoms. When you are at the end of your menstrual cycles, you may also experience mood swings, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness. These changes are because your body no longer makes the hormone estrogen. Hormone therapy can replace lost estrogen and help you feel on top of the world.
Suppose your adrenal glands are overactive and make too much aldosterone or a hormone that balances sodium and potassium. In that case, you may experience hypertension or high blood pressure. Hormonal therapy can counteract the effects of too much aldosterone and reduce your risk of hypertension.
Hormonal treatment can also help treat growth disorders. Your pituitary gland is responsible for producing the growth hormone, somatotropin. Your growth hormone determines height and contributes to muscle and bone development. Growth hormonal therapy can be prescribed and used to help your growth hormone get back in proper balance for weight control and normal growth.
You can use hormonal therapy to treat infertility. Hormones that affect sperm production in men and ovulation in women. Women may benefit from injections of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormones) and LH (luteinizing hormone). Men can benefit from injections of hormones that increase sperm production.
Talk to the providers at Intracare to find out what hormone therapy will help you.