Who Are Good Candidates for Hormone Therapy?

Regen Doctors offers hormone therapy for those experiencing the symptoms of hormone imbalances that can come with age. Treatment makes use of supplemental hormones with natural origin and identical bio-composition to those in the body. These help patients maintain optimum hormonal levels and address the symptoms they are experiencing. Dr. Gene Levinstein strives to ensure his patients stay healthy and happy as they age, and hormone therapy is one way to help patients meet this goal.

Who Are Good Candidates for Hormone Therapy?

Men and women experiencing hormonal imbalance and low hormone levels are ideal candidates for hormone therapy. Symptoms are common as people age and include: 

  • Depression
  • Low sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Mood fluctuations
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog

Types of Hormone Therapy

TRT: Testosterone replacement therapy is aimed for men over 30 experiencing symptoms of testosterone deficiencies and its negative symptoms. As its name suggests TRT supplements testosterone back into the body, restoring a sufficient amount and allowing the body to perform at optimal health, making an individual look and feel younger.

HRT: hormone replacement therapy for women containing female hormones to replace estrogen that the body stops making during menopause. HRT is often used to treat common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal discomfort. It also prevents bone loss and reduces fractures in postmenopausal patients. 

Hormone Therapy Risks

For testosterone therapy, the various risks include: 

  • Worsening sleep apnea
  • Acne and other skin reactions
  • Stimulating noncancerous prostate growth or growth of existing prostate cancer
  • Breast enlargement
  • Decreasing sperm production 
  • Causing shrinking of testicles
  • Increasing red blood cell production and increasing blood clot risk

For estrogen hormone therapy, there is increased risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke 
  • Blood clots
  • Breast cancer

All these risks will be assessed by the doctor and patient when deciding whether hormone therapy will best suit their treatment plan.

How Hormone Therapy Works

Hormonal imbalances can cause erectile dysfunction in men as well as complications like diabetes, heart disease or high cholesterol. For women, symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats and the like occur. 

Hormone therapy treats these but before the process commences, patients must undergo examination including blood work to determine initial hormone levels and necessary dosage. At Regen Doctors, Dr. Gene Levinstein will work with patients to craft a personalized treatment plan to meet their unique needs. 

When treatment commences, progress must be regularly monitored with routine blood work to see if hormone levels are where they should be or if adjustments are needed. 

Side effects can occur as the body adjusts to the early phases of treatment. These can include fluid retention or bloating, swelling hands, mood swings, irritability, acne, hair loss on the scalp and hair growth on the body. Female patients can experience spotting. 

Side effects must be disclosed to the doctor so dosage can be adjusted as needed or for recommendations on how to deal with the symptoms. 

Hormone Therapy Results

Hormone restoration treatment will result in benefits such as regaining energy and attaining optimal health and function by correcting the abnormal hormone levels in the body. With this, patients can feel revitalized and youthful, no longer subjected to the symptoms of andropause or menopause. 

Interested in hormone therapy? Reach out to Regen Doctors to schedule a consultation. Regen Doctors Bethlehem, Pennsylvania also tends to the needs of patients in Phillipsburg, West Norriton, Horsham and more. Regen Doctors Allentown also meets the needs of patients in Fullerton, Northampton, Easton, Lansdale, Phoenix and more.