How Early Can Men and Women Start Hormone Therapy?
While it’s certainly true that hormone replacement therapy can help to combat the symptoms of menopause and andropause, some men and women find that they are developing signs of hormone imbalance much earlier in life than expected. Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy is often an option for these patients as well. At Cameron Wellness and Spa in Salt Lake City, UT, we are committed to helping patients look and feel more like themselves again with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Keep reading for a closer look at how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy works, and find out how early you may be eligible to begin treatment.
What is BHRT?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a form of hormone replacement therapy that utilizes plant-based compounds designed to identically mimic the body’s naturally occurring hormones. For many patients, BHRT provides a more natural, more efficient alternative to synthetic hormone treatments, as well as more consistent relief from their symptoms. To meet the unique needs of our patients, we offer a number of delivery methods for BHRT, including injections, topical creams, capsules, and others.
What does BHRT do?
BHRT helps to restore certain hormones – including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone – to their normal physiologic ranges. Most often, BHRT is used to address the uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms of andropause or menopause, though it can also be helpful for patients struggling with another form of hormone imbalance. Some of the most common hormone-related symptoms that can be improved with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Thinning hair/hair loss
- Increased facial hair (women)
- Weight gain or loss
- Loss of muscle mass (men)
- Osteoporosis (women)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Low libido
- Brain fog
- Difficulty sleeping
When should you start BHRT?
Once patients begin to notice signs of menopause or andropause, it may be appropriate to begin hormone replacement therapy. Many men and women are surprised to learn that, oftentimes, the first signs of andropause and menopause can develop as early as their 30s or even 20s. Furthermore, some patients in their 30s and 40s may not yet be entering menopause or andropause but still have hormone deficiencies related to other factors or conditions. For these men and women, it may be appropriate to begin BHRT at an earlier age.
During your initial consultation for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Salt Lake City, our knowledgeable team will conduct a thorough evaluation, perform lab work to assess your current hormone levels, discuss your symptoms, review your health history, and determine if treatment may be right for you.
How soon does BHRT start working?
In many cases, patients notice an improvement in their symptoms just a few days after starting BHRT. On average, however, patients can expect noticeable symptom relief in about 3 – 4 weeks. With consistent treatment over time, BHRT can keep patients feeling their best for years to come.
Enjoy all that life has to offer once again with BHRT in Salt Lake City, UT
If you just aren’t feeling like yourself these days and can’t quite put your finger on what’s wrong, your hormones may be to blame. To learn more about if you may have a hormonal imbalance that can be treated with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, call Cameron Wellness and Spa in Salt Lake City, UT to schedule your private consultation today.