Advancement with age comes with its equal shares of effects. One of these effects is hormone deficiency in the body. This happens as early as from the age of 25 years. By the time you are heating 35 years of age you are already suffering from hormonal imbalances.
What makes hormones very vital in our bodies? Hormones play a major role when it comes to food metabolism, regulation of body temperature, cardiovascular health, healthy skin, and hair. Hormones are also responsible for the regulation of moods and cognitive function.
Once you start experiencing some of the following symptoms, then you know your hormonal levels are diminishing.
- Abnormal weight gain
- Loss of muscles
- Sexual dysfunctional
- Low libido
- Mood swings
- Sleeping disorders
- Vaginal dryness
Luckily, it’s possible to deal with these imbalances in order to ensure the body functions normally. Hormonal replacement therapy comes in handy at such a time. There are two types of hormonal replacement therapy that can be used. These are:
- Synthetic hormonal replacement
These are hormones that are manufactured from a pregnant horse’s urine and man-made sources. They are normally manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. Some of the most common synthetic hormones include testosterone, insulin, and progesterone.
Synthetic hormones cannot match human hormones rendering them ineffective. They also come with pronounced side effects such as dependency on drugs and increased risk of contracting medical conditions such as cancer.
These hormones normally come from chemical extracts of plants such as yams and soy. They are then matched to an individual’s endocrine system. In other words, the hormones are individualized meaning they are made specifically for each individual. Unlike synthetic hormones, bio-identical hormones not only treat symptoms but also the underlying causes of hormonal imbalances in both men and women.
What are the benefits associated with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?
- Boosts muscle mass
- It improves cognition and memory retention
- Helps in reducing risks associated with cancer, Alzheimer, and diabetes
- Mood stabilization thereby reducing risks of depression and bipolar
As a caregiver, it’s important to observe due care when administering hormones to patients. Proper testing and medical evaluation should be carried out in order to determine if there is a hormonal deficiency. The smallest dose possible should be administered in order to ensure there are no side effects. Also, synthetic hormones should never be administered. Only administer bio-identical hormones.
How is hormonal replacement therapy administered?
The medication can be administered through:
- Oral pills
- Hormonal replacement therapy patches (HRT)
- Vaginal gels
The most used of the above methods is oral pills and HRT patches. HRT patches are considered to have milder side effects as opposed to oral pills. They are applied once or twice in a week thus making them more convenient.
The patches are normally stuck on the skin in any part of the body. But the most preferred places are around the belly, buttocks and hips. There are minimal side effects associated with HRT patches such as stroke, breast cancer and increased risks of blood clots.
Hormonal replacement therapy plays a crucial role in stabilizing body hormones. The hormones can either be synthetic or bio-identical. However, synthetic hormones should be avoided at all costs as they are not compatible with the human body.