Hormone Replacement

If you are feeling sluggish and have started to gain weight (despite the fact that you haven’t changed your diet or exercise routine), you may be a candidate for hormone replacement.

How the AIM Center Focuses on Hormone Replacement

We don’t simply prescribe estrogen or testosterone replacement based on your lab levels. When considering hormone replacement therapy, there are various factors that need to be taken into account for best results.

We evaluate other hormones that may affect sex hormone function, such as:

  • Insulin
  • Thyroid
  • Cortisol
  • DHEA

We also do a more comprehensive lab evaluation to consider factors such as:

  • Advanced cardiovascular risk factors
  • Vitamin and mineral levels
  • Markers of inflammation
  • Digestive function
  • Effect of toxins

We also address lifestyle habits including nutrition, exercise and stress management strategies to get the best results from HRT.

Here’s How it Works

You can be assured that every step of your health journey is collaborative. Our clinical team will ensure each step of your healing protocol is safe and strategic.

We start by measuring your hormone levels, ensuring we’re only replacing hormones you’re deficient in, so we can bring your body back to a natural balance.

Hormones are available in FDA-approved forms from a conventional pharmacy, or in customized preparations from a compounding pharmacy.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Options Include:

  • Oral pills
  • Topical creams
  • Patches
  • Vaginal creams or suppositories
  • Sublingual lozenges (called troches)
  • Pellets inserted under the skin
Dr. Tania Dempsey
woman with menopause

What is menopause?

Menopause occurs in women when the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. A woman is considered menopausal after one full year without a period. The average age for menopause is 52, however this can occur much earlier or later.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Weight gain
  • Thin skin, including wrinkles
  • Dry eyes or skin
  • Irritability
  • Poor memory
  • Painful sex
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low libido
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Depressed Mood
  • Hot flashes

What is perimenopause?

Oftentimes, women experience symptoms of menopause early – in some cases 10-15 years before – so it is important to recognize whether a hormone issue is to blame.

Common symptoms of perimenopause include:

  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Waking up in the night
  • Worse PMS symptoms (ex: breast tenderness, fluid retention, bloating)
  • Longer PMS (lasting 1-2 weeks instead of just 1-2 days)
  • Heavier periods
  • Irregular or more frequent periods
  • Weight gain
woman with perimenopause
tired man on trail

As men pass the age of 30, they naturally produce less testosterone. This gradual decline in hormone production (called andropause) typically occurs over several decades, with testosterone levels dropping by about 10% per decade.

When there is a rapid decline, especially in a person with a pre-existing borderline low testosterone level, symptoms may occur sooner than expected and be a cause for concern.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone in men?

  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction (or erections being less strong)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Poor memory
  • Poor focus or concentration
  • Lack of motivation or competitive drive
  • Decrease muscle mass or strength
  • Slower post-exercise recovery or recovery after an injury
  • Increased upper body or belly fat
  • Increase risk of pre-diabetes or diabetes
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Osteoporosis

Men often rationalize their symptoms by telling themselves that “it’s stress related” or “I’m just getting older”. The symptoms of low testosterone are often subtle and this is unfortunately why it goes untreated.

Is Andropause serious?

Men oftentimes suffer needlessly from symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, and low sex drive. These symptoms can impact their daily lives, often hindering work performance and personal relationships.

Clinical research shows an association between low testosterone levels and increased cardiovascular disease risk in men. Also, low testosterone levels may increase cholesterol, reduce bone density, and contribute to insulin resistance or diabetes.

To learn more about becoming a patient, please contact our office.

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Did You Know?

Data from clinical outcomes and physiological studies demonstrate that bioidentical hormones are effective and produce fewer side effects than their non-bioidentical counterparts, including a lower risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. Compounded BHRT can improve quality of life by 52% and reduce menopause-associated symptoms in women.