When you’re seeking hormone replacement therapy to correct a hormonal imbalance, choosing a therapy format that is both safe and effective is essential—but it can also feel overwhelming. Topical gels, intramuscular injections, transdermal patches, pills, and implanted pellets may all have the potential to resolve your symptoms, but which format will leave you feeling your best with the least amount of hassle?
Billie struggled with painful periods throughout her adult years. She felt at the mercy of her monthly cycles, which were irregular, heavy, and came with crippling cramps. At age 23 her doctor finally put a name on her discomfort: endometriosis. But even with an accurate diagnosis, she struggled for years to find the right treatment. Relief only came after her second pregnancy when doctors urged her toward surgery to finally address her painful symptoms; thanks to a radical hysterectomy, Billie’s life changed forever. But while the hysterectomy brought welcome relief from her pain, it also introduced new complications.
If you’re like many people, you lead a high-stress life. Between family obligations and long hours at work, it can seem like you never catch a break. You’re tired. And even if you try your best to take care of yourself, you may find that you simply can’t get back to the way that you felt before life became so overwhelming.
Despite sticking to his tried-and-true jogging and weight lifting routine, Mark noticed that he seemed to be losing muscle mass. Where his triceps once held his skin taut, flabbiness was starting to take over. But the real wake-up call came when he saw an older picture of himself. In the two years since the picture was taken, his pectoral areas had grown substantially—but it was all fat. When increasing his workouts didn’t help, Mark began to wonder if he had a health issue that he wasn’t aware of.
What Are the Symptoms of Perimenopause? Understanding Your Experiences and the Possibilities of Treatment
As we age, we’re often left trying to understand what is going on when our bodies start to undergo natural transitions, and the transition to menopause is often one of the most puzzling. Women often understand what to expect from menopause itself, but many aren’t as informed regarding the changes that they undergo in the years leading up to it, also known as perimenopause.
Many men struggle with the way they look and feel as they age. Balding, trouble maintaining a healthy weight, enlarged male breast tissue, and trouble adding muscle mass start to nag you, potentially for the first time. Meanwhile, symptoms like erectile dysfunction, fatigue, low libido, and depression can drastically interfere with your relationships and your…
Fluctuating hormones can turn your life upside down. If you’re going through menopause or andropause, you’ve probably experienced hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, or other symptoms that can leave you feeling unstable. And change of life isn’t the only condition caused by fluctuating hormones; conditions such as adrenal fatigue and thyroid imbalances can also have a disruptive impact on your physical and emotional well-being. Regardless of the cause, these changes can be uncomfortable and alarming.
With the advent of menopause, women may experience a host of symptoms that can have a profound impact on both physical and emotional well-being. To address these symptoms, a growing number of women are turning to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in order to replenish hormone levels and ease discomfort. While estrogen is often the centerpiece of these hormonal therapies, progesterone can also have a significant impact on functionality and quality of life.
If you’ve ever seen a commercial for a drug on the television, you know that many medications carry a host of potential risks and side effects. At times, the seemingly endless list of possible outcomes can even make some therapies seem worse than the conditions they treat. On the flip side, you’ve probably also taken medications without ever experiencing any side effects at all. So how concerned should you be regarding the risks of hormone replacement therapy?
Andropause, or male menopause, can bring on a host of uncomfortable symptoms like weight gain, low sex drive, and fatigue, among many others. If you’ve experienced these symptoms lately, you may be wondering if they’re connected to the lower levels of testosterone associated with andropause. You may also be wondering, how long does male menopause last? And, more importantly, how can it be treated?