Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

RGV Endocrine Center -  - Endocrinology, Diabetes, Thyroid, Hormone & Weight Loss Specialist

RGV Endocrine Center

Endocrinology, Diabetes, Thyroid, Hormone & Weight Loss Specialists located in McAllen, TX

Hormone replacement therapy is associated with women and menopause, but it’s not just for replacing estrogen. Hormone imbalances can affect men and women, and any time your hormones are low, hormone replacement therapy may be the best option. At RGV Endocrine Center in McAllen, Texas, Gloria Ortiz, MD, FACE, ECNU, and Amanda Cantu, MD, ABIM, specialize in identifying hormone-based health problems and helping patients regain their health and energy by restoring normal hormone levels. To schedule an appointment, call the office today.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

When should women consider hormone replacement therapy?

Many women don’t think about hormone replacement therapy until they reach menopause. But your symptoms can begin years before menopause, and they can be severe enough to need treatment. 

Hormone replacement therapy can prevent and treat problems such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Memory problems

 

Hormone replacement therapy also prevents conditions that arise after menopause, such as osteoporosis, dry skin, and weight gain.

Do men benefit from hormone replacement therapy?

Men also experience a natural decline in hormones as they get older. Around the age of 30, testosterone levels drop by as much as 2% every year.

As you lose testosterone, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Loss of your sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Muscle loss and weakness
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of body and beard hair
  • Difficulty concentrating

Beyond natural changes in hormones, men can also develop hypogonadism, a condition that occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone. In most cases, low testosterone from any cause is treated with hormone replacement therapy.

What other problems may need hormone replacement therapy?

Women and men can develop a hormone imbalance at any age for two reasons. You can have low hormones simply because the levels of many hormones naturally decline as you get older.

You can also have low levels of hormones if an endocrine gland is damaged or an underlying health condition limits hormone production.

A few examples of problems that often need hormone replacement therapy include hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s disease) and an adrenal disorder called Addison’s disease.

How do I get hormone replacement therapy?

The first step is to schedule an appointment so your RGV Endocrine Center provider can do a thorough evaluation and run blood tests to determine your hormone levels. If your levels of any hormone are low, then you may be a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy.

Hormone replacement therapy restores hormonal balance by bringing levels back to normal. Throughout your therapy, you’re monitored to ensure your dose is the exact amount you need to maintain healthy levels.

The form of your treatment depends on the type of hormone you need and your preferences. You can get hormone replacement therapy through pills, pellets, injections, and creams rubbed into your skin.

If you have questions about your symptoms or you would like to learn more about hormone replacement therapy, call RGV Endocrine Center.