Hormone Therapy Treatment Questions and Answers
Almost all of us over the age of 20 begin to experience hormone imbalance. If you are experiencing any hormonal imbalances then visit us in Eugene, OR. Dr. Richard Beyerlein specializes in obstetrics, gynecology, and much more. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online.
Our bodies are made up of intricate systems that work to maintain an internal balance, otherwise known as homeostasis. The endocrine system, which comprises eight major hormone-secreting glands, regulates many different hormonal balances. In order to maintain this balance, they either release or inhibit the production of certain hormones, each one playing a specific role within the body. If problems occur within the endocrine system, it can result in a wide variety of symptoms, as well as a long list of health complications. Hormone therapy is a treatment that seeks to evaluate, diagnose, treat and prevent hormone-related problems.
What is hormone therapy used for?
Hormone therapy is used to treat a wide range of different conditions, from diseases to disorders to natural hormonal changes. One of the most common uses of hormone therapy is to treat the symptoms associated with menopause. A normal part of every woman’s life, menopause comes with many changes, starting with the ovaries stopping the release of eggs, as well as reducing the production of large amounts of hormones, including estrogen and progesterone. Hormone therapy is also commonly used to treat andropause, which is the male equivalent of menopause. Andropause is characterized by a decline of the production of male sex hormones, called androgens, such as testosterone. This can lead to symptoms of fatigue, decreased motivation, difficulty concentrating and increased body fat, among others.
Hormone therapy is also used to treat abnormal hormonal balances within the body, which can either be attributed to an over or underproduction of hormones, such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and hypogonadism. Both menopause and andropause are considered hypogonadism, as they both result in a decrease in the production of hormones secreted from the gonads (testes or ovaries).
How is hormone therapy given?
Hormone therapy can be given in several different ways, including pills/tablets, injections, patches and pellets. There are pros and cons to each method, and each one may work differently for different people. A hormone therapy specialist will work to establish which method of delivery is best for your situation.
When is hormone therapy recommended?
Hormone therapy may be recommended when experiencing the following signs and symptoms:
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Mood changes
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism
- Thinning hair and dry skin
- Loss of breast fullness
- Low energy
- Depression or sadness
- Decreased motivation
- Lowered self-confidence
- Difficulty concentrating
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Increased body fat
- Reduced muscle mass
- Feelings of physical weakness
- Gynecomastia, or development of breasts
- Decreased bone density
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reduced libido
When is hormone therapy commonly used?
Hormone therapy is commonly used to treat:
- Cushing disease
- Addison disease
- Short stature in children
- Disorders of puberty and reproductive function
Hormone replacement therapy is a common way to help the symptoms of menopause. Hormone replacement therapy is medication that contains female hormones. You take the medication to replace the estrogen that your body stops making during menopause. Hormone therapy is most often used to treat common menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal discomfort.
How long does hormone therapy take?
The entire process of hormone therapy typically only takes about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on patient needs. The duration of the treatment to see full results usually takes about three to six months, with noticeable changes after one to three months. If you are experiencing symptoms related to a hormonal imbalance, come to Dr. Richard Beyerlein for our hormone therapy. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating hormonal imbalances and can help to correct the symptoms caused by these differences in hormone levels. Call us today to book an appointment for hormone therapy, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 10 Coburg Road Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401. Our office is open five days a week, from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Eugene OR, Springfield OR, Coburg OR, Creswell OR, Cottage Grove OR, Lowell OR, and Junction City OR.
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