Aging causes many changes in the body, including a decline in your natural hormone levels. If you often feel tired or can’t tolerate another hot flash, you might be a candidate for the hormone replacement therapy (HRT) services available at Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center. Kevin Calhoun, MD, Shelly Calhoun, FNP-C, and the team design personalized hormone replacement plans for men and women. They focus on rebalancing your reproductive hormone levels with synthetic hormones, so you can find long-lasting relief of your symptoms. Call the office in Torrance, California, today to schedule an HRT consultation or book an appointment online.

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What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment option to correct an imbalance in your reproductive hormone levels.

In women, the treatment involves taking synthetic hormones to replace estrogen and progesterone if your body isn’t making enough. Hormone imbalances are common in post-menopausal women and those transitioning to menopause, the end of your childbearing years when your periods stop for good.

In men, testosterone replacement therapy is available to address symptoms of low testosterone that occur with aging.

When should I consider hormone replacement therapy?

You might be a candidate for HRT if you experience ongoing symptoms of a hormone imbalance. In both men and women, these symptoms can include:

  • Muscle loss
  • Increased weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Poor concentration and memory issues

Women may also have vaginal dryness and the shrinkage of vaginal tissues (atrophy). Men may experience erectile dysfunction (ED).

Some people can tolerate mild symptoms of a hormone imbalance without treatment. However, if your symptoms are severe enough to affect your quality of life, the team at Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center can determine if you’re a candidate for HRT.

They use blood tests to assess your hormone levels and confirm an imbalance. Based on your test results, the team customizes a HRT treatment plan to rebalance your hormone levels and ease the severity of your symptoms.

What is involved in hormone replacement therapy?

During HRT, you use synthetic hormones that are structurally similar to the hormones your body makes naturally.

HRT is available in different delivery methods, including:

  • Pellets
  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Creams
  • Injections

The Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center team works closely with you to identify the delivery method and dosage that’s right for you. It can take time to find the right dose of supplemental hormones to relieve your symptoms, so the team continues to monitor your treatment progress. You can meet with them during in-office visits or through the online, telemedicine platform.

If you’re not a candidate for HRT because of underlying health issues, the medical team can recommend other ways to find symptom relief. This may include diet modifications, increased exercise, and lifestyle changes that naturally balance your hormone levels.

Schedule a consultation online today to find out if hormone replacement therapy is right for you, or call Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center to book an appointment.