5 Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormonal changes can have a dramatic impact on both women and men during midlife.

Women experience menopause, which is a time when the female body makes less estrogen and progesterone. And men undergo andropause, a time when the male body produces decreasing levels of testosterone.

Unfortunately, menopause and andropause can contribute to the development of a range of unpleasant physical, mental, and emotional symptoms.

Hormone replacement therapy can provide welcome symptom relief by boosting levels of hormones that go down during menopause and andropause.

To help you decide whether hormone replacement therapy can help you, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent and his team here at Northwest EndoSurgical would like to tell you about 5 of the potential advantages that hormone replacement therapy can provide.

Benefit #1: Avoid excessive weight gain

Drops in hormone levels can result in excess weight gain in both men and women. However, hormone replacement therapy can help prevent age-related weight gain.

Many men and women find that they begin accumulating more belly fat in midlife. This is due in part to hormonal changes, especially in women. Before menopause, the body stores extra fat in the hips, thighs, and buttocks. But after menopause, fat tends to collect more in the belly.

By restoring normal hormone levels with hormone replacement therapy, women and men can lower their chances of picking up extra pounds, especially around the midsection.

Benefit #2: Protect and increase lean muscle mass

Having ample lean muscle mass is important as we age. Lean muscle burns more calories than fat. And having strong muscles not only improves your functionality as you get older, but it helps prevent falls that can lead to serious injuries.

Studies have found that hormone replacement therapy helps to improve muscle function and reduce rates of age-related muscle loss.

Benefit #3: Have more fun in bed

As hormone levels fall in midlife, both women and men can experience unwanted sexual side effects.

For example, women grapple with increased vaginal dryness and decreased libido. And men may experience erectile dysfunction.

Hormone replacement therapy can help rejuvenate sexual function. It can boost desire and make sex more comfortable in women. And it may improve a man’s ability to get and maintain an erection.

By adding hormones back into the body (testosterone in men, and estrogen, progesterone, and small amounts of testosterone in women), sexual pleasure and functionality can increase.

Benefit #4: Improve mental focus

Falling hormone levels can contribute to brain fog, which is a lack of concentration and focus along with occasional memory lapses and murky thinking. As many as 60% of women say they sometimes experience menopausal brain fog. Men have it, too.

Hormone replacement therapy won’t make you smarter than you were in your 20s, but it can reduce brain fog and help you feel sharper. And it can help both women and men feel more energetic.

Benefit #5: Keep your undies dry

Unfortunately, menopause and andropause can cause varying levels of incontinence.

Reductions in hormones can cause thinning of the urethra, the tube that allows urine to pass out of the body from the bladder.

As a result, you may leak urine when you laugh or sneeze. Or even when you don’t, you may discover that your undies are moist at the end of the day simply because your bladder isn’t holding urine in as effectively as it once did.

Incontinence can have many causes. But if you have a mild case caused by decreases in hormone levels, hormone replacement therapy could make a positive difference. Hormone therapy may also reduce the urgency you feel when you have to urinate.

Learn more about hormone replacement

If you’re experiencing symptoms related to menopause or andropause, we can provide you with safe, effective bioidentical hormones. Call our Houston office today or book an appointment online.

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