Women who have hot flashes and night sweats during menopause may suffer with symptoms for 3-12 years. While men don’t experience such an extreme change, their natural decline in testosterone as they get older can cause symptoms. The experienced doctors at Mayfair Family Care in Chicago provide symptom relief and promote your overall health with safe hormone replacement therapy. If you need help with hormone-related problems, schedule an appointment online or call the Lincoln Square office today.
Many women wait until menopause to consider hormone replacement therapy, but symptoms can appear in the 3-5 years before menopause. During perimenopause, estrogen levels fluctuate, causing irregular menstrual periods and potentially leading to menopause symptoms such as hot flashes.
You’ve reached menopause when you haven’t had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. On average, this transition occurs around the age of 51-52.
At menopause, your ovaries stop producing estrogen. While the loss of hormones has a significant impact on your body, each woman’s experience is different. Some have few or mild symptoms, while others suffer with severe and frequent symptoms.
In the years before, during, and after menopause you may experience:
The loss of estrogen also increases your risk for health conditions such as osteoporosis, depression, and weight gain.
Hormone replacement therapy provides relief from menopause symptoms and helps prevent menopause-related health problems.
Men also develop hormonal imbalances as they get older. Around the age of 30, testosterone levels start to decline, dropping by as much as 2% every year. As testosterone levels fall, you may have symptoms such as:
Beyond natural changes in testosterone, men may develop hypogonadism, a condition that occurs when they don’t produce enough testosterone. Whether due to natural hormone losses or hypogonadism, low testosterone levels are treated with hormone replacement therapy.
Your Mayfair Family Care doctor reviews your medical history and symptoms, performs a thorough physical examination, and orders blood tests. A full blood workup is important to learn if you have other problems that could contribute to your symptoms and to determine your specific hormone levels.
Your hormone replacement therapy is individualized to restore your hormone deficiencies back to their normal levels. Hormone treatment is available in different forms, such as pills, pellets, shots, patches, and creams. Your Mayfair Family Care doctor talks with you about your options and prescribes the type that’s best for your needs.
To see if your symptoms can be relieved with hormone replacement therapy, call Mayfair Family Care or schedule an appointment online.