De Silva Medical
Aesthetic Specialist & Bariatric Medicine located in Antelope Valley, Palmdale, CA
As they age, men and women naturally produce fewer hormones like estrogen and testosterone. That’s why Pamela De Silva, MD, of De Silva Medical, offers hormone replacement therapy for their male and female patients. Hormone replacement therapy is known to alleviate the symptoms of menopause in women and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and more in men. To learn more about your hormone replacement therapy options, call the office in Palmdale, California, or book an appointment online today.
Male and Female Hormone Replacement Therapy Q&A
What is hormone replacement therapy?
The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to keep hormones like estrogen and testosterone at optimal levels during times when your body no longer produces enough. This often happens to women during menopause and to men later in life.
Lower estrogen levels in women may cause the following symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Bone thinning (osteoporosis)
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood changes
- Concentration difficulties
- Lower fertility
- Urinary incontinence
Lower testosterone levels in men may cause the following symptoms:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Reduced bone volume
- Reduced testicle size and semen levels
- Hot flashes
- Low energy levels
- Weight gain
If you think you are suffering from low hormone levels, it’s important to seek medical help right away.
How can hormone replacement therapy benefit women?
Hormone replacement therapy is most commonly recommended to women going through menopause, especially those who experience menopause early, known as premature menopause.
If you opt for hormone replacement therapy to alleviate menopausal symptoms, you may notice a number of beneficial changes, including:
- Improved mood
- Increased sex drive
- Reduction in hot flashes
- Better quality sleep
- Lowered risk of bone mass loss
Though an effective therapy for menopausal symptoms, hormone replacement therapy is not for everyone. Studies have shown that it may increase the chances of breast cancer, blood clots, and stroke, so it’s important to discuss your options with your doctor before opting for hormone replacement therapy.
How can hormone replacement therapy benefit men?
Men suffering from low levels of testosterone are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and more. Testosterone replacement therapy helps lower your risk of developing these conditions.
In addition to lowering these risks, testosterone replacement therapy has been known to:
- Improve sex drive
- Reduce the side effects of erectile dysfunction
- Increase semen production
- Improve fat distribution
- Increase muscle strength and mass
Hormone replacement therapy can dramatically improve your quality of life if you suffer from low testosterone levels. However, it does come with some risks, including acne, sleep apnea, and noncancerous prostate growth. To find out if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you, it’s important to talk to your doctor.
With the help of De Silva Medical, hormone replacement therapy may be just what you need to reduce the symptoms of menopause or low testosterone levels. To learn more about your treatment options, call or book an appointment online today.
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