For men and women who are experiencing the unpleasant side effects of a hormonal imbalance, relief can’t come soon enough. This is why many turn to bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, which can quickly and safely return a person’s hormones to their ideal equilibrium. At Medwin Family Medicine and Rehab in Sugar Land, TX, and Brownsville, TX, our team of health care experts have seen first-hand how quick and life-changing this treatment can be.
How Fast Does Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?
Hormones regulate almost every bodily function and have an intense effect on our mood and well-being, so even a slight imbalance can wreak havoc on a person’s life. Depression, anxiety, reduced sexual function, and chronic insomnia are just some of the debilitating symptoms that can be experienced. For this reason, patients who come to us with signs of a hormonal imbalance are often desperate to get relief as soon as possible.
The good news is that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy does provide relief in short order. Some patients report increased energy, better sleep, improved memory, and a reduction in hot flashes in as little as a few days following their first appointment. In most cases, people on a hormone replacement regimen can expect to experience symptom relief in one to two weeks.
A Short Wait for Positive Results
While the turnaround time on symptom relief is considered fast, how quickly a patient responds to hormone replacement can depend on a variety of factors. Each person has a unique physiology, of course, but how quickly the hormones take effect can also depend on the dosage, genetic factors, and lifestyle habits. If a patient is not noticing significant symptom relief within the first few weeks, we may re-evaluate the dosage at their next appointment.
How Long Do Results Last?
Hormone replacement therapy using bio-identical hormones (which are considered the safest and longest-lasting form of treatment), usually produces results that last for three to four months. To ensure a steady delivery of hormones throughout the year, without significant dips that can cause a symptom recurrence, we recommend scheduling appointments no more than four months apart.
Each patient’s progress is monitored closely to ensure that they are on an optimal treatment schedule for their particular needs. A patient’s dosage or the combination of hormones they are taking may be re-evaluated at any time to ensure they are experiencing the best results possible.
How Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Works
While there are several different types of delivery methods that you can discuss with the doctor, any hormone treatment using bioidentical hormones is considered superior to those that use synthetic hormones. This is because these natural hormones have the same molecular structure as those found in the human body.
The purpose of this treatment is to boost the hormones that become depleted as part of the aging process. We all begin to lose our natural hormone balance sooner or later, and this is not a problem that can be solved by any amount of healthy living. The only solution is to determine which hormones are lacking and carefully increase the levels of these hormones under medical supervision.
What Symptoms Can Be Treated?
Bio-identical hormones can help to relieve a wide range of physical and emotional issues that used to be considered an unavoidable part of the aging process. If you are noticing any of the following symptoms, which often begin as early as a person’s mid-thirties when they enter pre- or peri-menopause, you could likely benefit from a hormone replacement regimen:
- Lack of sexual interest
- Chronic insomnia
- Fatigue or exhaustion
- Hot flashes
- Anxiety or depression
- Mood swings
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Thinning hair
- Weight gain and bloating
- Dry skin with a sudden increase in wrinkles
Who Is a Good Candidate for Hormone Replacement?
Bio-identical hormones can have health benefits for most people who are in peri-menopause, menopause, or andropause. While most patients seeking this treatment tend to be over the age of 40, it is not unusual for people to start experiencing signs of hormone imbalance in their 30’s. We will look at your medical history, blood work, any medication they are taking, and other factors to determine if hormone replacement would be suitable for you at this time.
While treatments for hormonal imbalance used to be considered only an option for women, it is now recognized that men also suffer from the effects of age-related hormone depletion. Testosterone replacement can be a great option for men in this situation. There has been a steady increase in recent years of men seeking to improve their quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.
Work with the Best Hormone Treatment Specialists in Texas
Finding a qualified practitioner who is experienced with hormone replacement and who specializes in bio-identical hormones is key to ensuring positive results. Whether you are in the pre-, peri- or full menopause, or are a man showing signs of andropause, Dr. Manjula Raguthu can work with you to personalize a hormone replacement program that will help you. Contact us today at Medwin Family Medicine and Rehab in Sugar Land, TX, or Brownsville, TX.