HealthGAINS offers a full spectrum of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) programs that counteract declining hormone levels to help you feel revitalized, rejuvenated, and more energetic. Each type of hormone therapy is meticulously designed around your medical history and lifestyle so you can receive the best possible results.
HRT programs offered by HealthGAINS have provided thousands of patients with the following benefits:
- Increased muscle mass and strength
- Higher sex drive
- Increased endurance and energy
- Improved cognitive function
- Elevated mood
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
HRT therapy is used to replace natural hormones in men and women with reduced testosterone, progesterone, and/or estrogen levels. Hormone levels in men and women can be depleted due to factors such as aging, menopause, and thyroid disease. HRT for women may contain estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone. HRT for men usually only contains testosterone, HCG, and a possible estrogen blocker. HRT is available in the form of tablets, injections, creams, and gels.
Additional hormone therapies for both men and women may include the use of human growth hormone (HGH) and other peptides such as ipamorelin and sermorelin. HGH and stimulation peptides plays a role in growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration. Ipamorelin and sermorelin are both peptides that may complement a patient’s HRT program—ipamorelin mimics the hormone ghrelin to stimulate the growth hormone, while sermorelin stimulates the production and secretion of hormones like HGH and testosterone.
Why is HRT Important?
Hormones play a role in many bodily processes and functions including mood, reproduction, growth, sexual function, and metabolism. Reduced hormone levels in men and women can affect mood, energy, and vitality, and increase the risk for serious health problems. Women with low estrogen levels are at a higher risk for osteoporosis, while men with low testosterone levels have an increased risk of erectile dysfunction and heart disease. Men and women with declined hormone levels also commonly suffer from depression, fatigue, loss of sexual libido, and weight gain.
What are Common Symptoms of Low Hormone Levels?
Low Hormone Levels in Men
Low testosterone in men commonly occurs due to factors such as aging, obesity, low thyroid function, and certain underlying medical conditions. Andropause is a term commonly used to describe reduced testosterone production in older men.
Men with low hormone levels may experience:
- Loss of muscle size and strength
- Increased body fat
- Bone loss
- Reduced sex drive
- Low sperm count
- Erectile dysfunction
- Sleep disturbances
- Increased breast size
- Hot flashes
- Problems with concentration
Low Hormone Levels in Women
Low hormone levels in women are most commonly caused by menopause. Most women begin the transition to menopause in their mid- to late 40s. In the U.S., the average age of menopause is 52, according to the Office on Women’s Health. Perimenopause is the transition to menopause, while postmenopause is when menstrual periods have stopped completely. Perimenopausal and postmenopausal symptoms are highly similar to those of menopause.
Women with hormonal imbalances may experience:
- Irregular or missed menstrual periods
- Heavy bleeding during periods
- Spotting between periods
- Menstrual periods that last longer than one week
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Urinary incontinence
- Frequent vaginal or bladder infections
- Sleep disturbances
- Reduced sex drive
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Memory problems
What Causes Low Hormone Levels?
Low hormone levels in men and women are usually due to the natural aging process, genetics, and certain lifestyle behaviors practiced over a long time. Physical inactivity, lack of sleep, smoking, and poor nutrition are some additional factors shown to reduce these values.
Certain diseases and medical conditions can also lead to a decline. Turner syndrome, chronic kidney disease, anorexia, and low-functioning pituitary gland are shown to reduce estrogen levels in women. Klinefelter’s syndrome, hemochromatosis, tumors, infection, and cancer treatments are shown to reduce testosterone levels in men.
Other factors that may cause hormonal imbalances in men and women include chronic stress, diabetes, an overactive or underactive thyroid, excess body weight, substance abuse, Cushing’s syndrome, Addison’s disease, pancreatitis, and cancer.
What are the Different Types of HRT?
There are many types of HRT available to treat various hormone conditions. Your doctor will work with you one-on-one to develop an individualized treatment plan that works best for you based on your unique health situation. The types of hormones you receive in HRT will depend largely on the root cause of your hormonal imbalance.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHRT)
Bioidentical hormones mimic the hormones naturally produced by the body to renew your vitality more effectively than synthetic hormones. BHRT is shown to produce fewer side effects than synthetic HRT and can be individualized for each patient to supply the exact needed dose of hormones. Benefits of BHRT include increased sex drive, reduced fatigue, improved sleep, and improved memory and concentration.
Testosterone HRT for men can increase testosterone levels to help men benefit from higher energy levels, higher sex drive, better sleep, and improved strength and muscle mass.
Human Growth Hormone
Known as the “Fountain of Youth,” HGH helps stimulate and regulate cell renewal and regeneration to restore energy, motivation, and overall health. HGH therapy helps the body repair cells to improve sagging skin, immunity, metabolism, bone and muscle density, sexual health, and energy. Other benefits of HGH include improved sleep, slowed hair loss, and weight loss.
Thyroid therapy is a customized therapy that helps each patient counteract symptoms associated with the natural aging process. Fatigue, low energy, thinning hair, muscle aches, and depression are some symptoms that can be addressed and improved with thyroid therapy.
Peptides may be used to complement your HRT program, but are not considered true forms of HRT.
Sermorelin is a peptide that stimulates the production of hormones to increase energy, stamina, muscle mass, and sex drive. Sermorelin also promotes weight loss, better sleep, and improved heart health, cognition, and immunity. Sermorelin therapy is often combined with conventional HRT.
Ipamorelin therapy is similar to sermorelin therapy in how it stimulates the production and secretion of HGH but it doesn’t stimulate stress and hunger hormones. Ipamorelin therapy can improve sleep and immunity, increase strength, and reduce body fat.
FAQs About Hormone Therapy
How Will the Concierge Team at HealthGAINS Optimize my Health?
Our Concierge Team at HealthGAINS in Aventura will guide you through every step of treatment to ensure you are maximizing the effects of HRT with optimal nutrition, high-quality supplementation, and healthy lifestyle choices. Our Concierge Team will be highly knowledgeable about your individualized treatment to help you experience the best possible results.
What’s the Difference Between Bioidentical and Synthetic Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are an exact molecule-for-molecule match to the hormones naturally produced by your body. Compared to BHRT, conventional HRT uses synthetic hormones derived mainly from animal sources.
Are There Side Effects Associated with HRT Programs in Florida?
The medical experts at HealthGAINS have extensive experience in HRT. Labs are closely monitored to identify and reduce any potential side effects.
Will I Need to Use HRT Forever?
HRT is a therapy of choice and can help you stay on top of your health and wellness goals. You do not need to use HRT forever. However, stopping HRT may reverse the positive gains you’ve made in regards to your health and may result in some or all symptoms coming back. Our wellness specialists, medical team, and Concierge Team will help you develop and stick to an HRT plan that works best for you.
How Soon Will I See Results from HRT?
HRT is different for everyone and generally takes about six to eight weeks to produce noticeable results.
Can HRT Cause Cancer?
HealthGAINS has not found physician-guided evidence that it is linked with cancer.
Can Women Use HRT to Increase Their Libido?
Yes. Many women seek HRT programs in Miami and other parts of Florida to benefit from increased sexual libido. ThermiVa and FemiWave are sexual wellness treatments that may complement HRT.
Can I receive HRT if I Have Diabetes?
Yes. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and want to learn more about hormone therapy in Miami, contact one of our Wellness Advisors today.
To request a free consultation with a Wellness Advisor at HealthGAINS, call us at (305) 912-8828 to learn more about how to start HRT in Florida. Our clinic is conveniently located in Aventura, Miami where many of our patients travel from around the globe to receive expert care and wellness solutions.