“I’m too young for hormone replacement, right?”
I hear that question all the time. Hormone replacement therapy has evolved from what was once considered something older women take to alleviate symptoms of menopause, to a therapy that can benefit women and men of all ages.
To begin the conversation, let’s change how we talk about hormones. Set aside that old notion of needing to be a certain age for hormone therapy. Restoring and optimizing how your body functions is the way we need to be looking at hormone therapies today.
Current hormone therapy approaches are much more in-depth than the old-fashioned method of simply increasing estrogen for women, and testosterone for men. Plans now take a robust approach to include hormones such as thyroid, cortisol, estrogens, testosterone, DHEA, pregnanolone, and more. These hormones help restore what the body may be missing or deficient in, optimizing hormone levels for improved quality of life. The list of benefits hormone restoration offers include: better sleep, cognition, sex, hair, skin, nails, preventing or delaying age related diseases, and more balanced physical and mental aspects of everyday life.
Here are a few examples of why you’re never too young (or too old) to consider hormone restoration:
I have many female patients in their 20s and 30s who have suffered from migraines. In a lot of those cases, restoring progesterone can help minimize or eliminate the headaches.
Many people make the resolution to lose weight, but cannot drop that last 10 to 15 pounds like they used to be able to lose so quickly. The answer can be hormone restoration and optimization. As we age, our natural hormone production slows or stops altogether. Couple that physiological fact with the standard American diet and high stress lifestyles, and you can see how hormones can get out of whack quickly.
Skin Tone and Moisture Content
Our skin and body need to maintain moisture for optimal function and quality of life. As we lose hormones, our skin becomes more dry and less elastic. Other conditions such as vaginal dryness can also develop as hormone production declines. Restoring hormones can help revitalize this skin and tissue moisture loss.
In conclusion, today’s hormone restoration and optimization can help you take control of the aging process by slowing or delaying age related diseases and improving your overall quality of life.
If you are interested in discussing more about hormone replacement therapy, please call us at 828-782-5571, or visit us at 530 Hendersonville Rd, Suite B Asheville, NC 28803 for a free consultation. We work with all of the restorative medicine and hormone replacement experts in Western North Carolina, and are committed to developing a comprehensive personalized plan to meet your goals.
Adam Ripley, PharmD, RPh
Consultant and Compounding Pharmacist