Hormone Replacement Therapy

What should you know about hormones and hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?

The hormones in your body are like a symphony. Much like an orchestra must play in tune, your hormonal symphony must be in tune throughout your life in order for you to have optimal health. ( Pamela W. Smith, MD. What Must You Know About Women's Hormones, 2022)

We need hormones for bone health, for brain function, for skin, for muscles, for arteries, for bladder and for overall health.

Hormones start to decline as early as mid-thirties. But hormonal dysfunction can occur at any age – it is not exclusive to older people. There are many factors that influence production of a particular hormone, such like aging, stress, sleep shortage, antibiotics use, toxins exposure, unhealthy diet and unhealthy lifestyle.

Treatments of any hormonal abnormality may involve HRT, change in diet, exercise and/or nutritional therapies.

Hormonal dysfunction in women during peri- and menopause is due to a major decline and imbalance of hormones produced by the ovaries. Hormone deficiency generates different types of symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbance, palpitations, blood pressure elevation, mood fluctuations, cognitive dysfunction, headaches, weight gain, loss of muscle mass and strength, vaginal dryness, bladder dysfunction and decline of libido. Women also are at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis, heart disease and cognitive decline. These declines and losses can be prevented and even reversed.

Men also lose hormones as they age.This process is called andropause. Keeping all male hormones at optimal levels is beneficial to preventing a wide array of health disorders.

The big four reasons to start HRT. 1. Hormones help to maintain cognitive function. 2. Hormones aid in preventing and are adjunct therapies for heart disease. 3. Hormones are of benefit in keeping your blood sugar and weight optimal. 4. Hormones are important for sexual function and interest.

( Pamela W. Smith, MD. Maximize Your Male Hormones, 2023)

Are there health risks associated with HRT?

We are all at risk for thousands of medical diagnoses, some of them quite severe in nature. We are all at risk for cancer – hundreds of them. Given these risks, women treated with hormones are at less risk for breast cancer, heart attack and stroke than women in menopause who do not receive hormonal treatment ( Daved Rosensweet, MD. Happy Healthy Hormones, 2022).

In 2018 A. Bluming MD and C. Tavris PhD published a book called "Estrogens Matters". The authors explain why taking hormones in menopause can improve women's well-being and lengthen their lives without raising the risk of breast cancer. Watch the videos for more information about this landmark book ( Video 1 & Video 2)

Treatment with bio-identical hormones with lowish dosages prescribed and monitored by a specially trained medical professional provides more benefits than risks.

In the past every patient would receive the same one-size-fits-all treatment. Today, medicine has changed, and the science is here to customize and individualize your healthcare.