As we continue our conversation about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a common question often arises: If I don’t have hot flashes, does that mean I don’t need hormones? The short answer is, there’s not a short answer. Hormones exist in men and women uniquely, and they disappear in the same way. Hot flashes are a good sign that it’s time to start, but Vital Living Healthcare’s Dr. Paul Cox is here to help us understand the big picture about when it’s the right time to seek hormone replacement therapy.
If I’m not having hot flashes, what other symptoms could I be having that would determine it’s time to start hormone replacement therapy?
Hot flashes are one sign and symptom of depleted hormones, but men and women can also experience night sweats, brain fog, irritability, forgetfulness, weight gain, low energy and poor sleep. Any of these symptoms could be a sign that it’s time to seek medical advice.
How does hormone replacement therapy help with any of these symptoms?
This time the answer is simple: When we restore hormones to our body and our brain, we can alleviate the symptoms caused by that hormone deficiency. That includes brain fog, anxiety, a poor mood and anything on the aforementioned list, really. They will be tremendously minimized, if not gone.
I don’t have any of these menopause symptoms right now, but can hormone replacement therapy delay their onset?
No. But this is kind of a trick question because you either still have hormones or you don’t. If you don’t have those symptoms, you probably still have hormones. So, in reality, it’s not about delaying the symptoms, but paying attention to when they start. And the good news is that you don’t need to think about hormone therapy until you’re experiencing these symptoms regularly.
Are there any adverse side effects to starting hormone replacement therapy?
In general, no, but it depends on the type of hormone replacement therapy you undergo. Hormone replacement therapy based on a horse estrogen, like Premarin, has been shown to increase your risk for breast cancer, stroke and other adverse events. Hormones that are native to the human body, like those we work with, have been shown to be safe and effective when administered correctly. Of course, that means seeking the guidance of a medical professional who is trained specifically in hormone replacement therapy.
Who is a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy?
Men or women who are experiencing signs and symptoms of hormone deficiency are good candidates. Most people don’t have hormone deficiencies normally until their 40s and 50s, but studies show that the earlier you start hormone replacement therapy, the better the results.
Board-certified in anti-aging and family medicine, Paul E. Cox, M.D., MS, is an expert at turning back time. Firmly rooted in a scientific approach, Vital Living Healthcare focuses on early detection, prevention and innovative treatments to reverse age-related decline. By using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, along with focusing on all aspects of your health (mind, body, spirit and surroundings), Dr. Cox will create a comprehensive and personalized design for maintaining or reclaiming your health and vitality. Experience the healthcare you deserve and schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Cox today.