Until you’ve lived with a hormonal imbalance, it’s difficult to grasp how much of a difference the condition makes. Depending on the type and severity, you may experience a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional issues. The good news is that the right approach to hormone replacement therapy will help you feel normal again. Here are some basics that you need to know about hormone imbalances and how HRT can help.
What is a Hormonal Imbalance?
Hormonal imbalances occur when the body is no longer producing a normal amount of any one hormone. In some cases, this may also lead to excessive production of a different hormone. The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to correct that imbalance and allow your body to function normally again.
Who Can Experience an Imbalance?
No one is immune from experiencing a hormonal imbalance. Your age and gender do not protect you. That’s because the imbalance may be triggered by a number of different events. The imbalance may occur due to some type of catastrophic injury that inhibits production of one or more hormones. Excessive amounts of stress can also interfere with normal production. A medical condition, temporary or chronic, may adversely affect the endocrine system and lead to an imbalance. Even certain medications can interfere with the production of specific hormones.
Along with other treatments for the underlying cause, hormone replacement therapy can help restore your levels to a normal range. As the therapy begins to take effect, any symptoms you’re experiencing will begin to fade.
How Does HRT Work?
The first step is to determine if you are a candidate for hormone replacement therapy. That involves running a series of tests to determine if there is an imbalance present. If so, the next step focuses on determining the dosage needed to correct the problem. There’s also the matter of determining the best method of administration. Some people may do well with oral medication designed to deliver the right amount of hormones. Others may require injections. Your doctor will determine which approach is right for you.
Does It Take Long to Improve My Condition?
Hormone replacement therapy is effective, but it does take time. If your lack of a hormone is severe, it could take a few months to notice a difference. Some people find that they sense improvement in a matter of weeks. Our team can advise you on how long it will take for the treatments to begin correcting the imbalance, based on the results of our preliminary tests and the follow-up tests we conduct from time to time.
Will I Need Therapy for the Rest of My Life?
The answer depends on the reason for the hormone deficiency. If your body is no longer capable of producing the hormone in sufficient quantities, the hormone replacement therapy will continue for the rest of your life. When the imbalance is caused by an injury that heals or a medication that you no longer take, it’s possible that your body will slowly begin to produce the hormone in sufficient quantities. In the latter case, your doctor will slowly wean you off the therapy until it’s no longer needed at all.
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
Would hormone replacement therapy help you deal with a short-term or long-term hormonal imbalance? Reach out and make an appointment with ARR Medical Group! At our convenient location in San Juan, we will determine the nature of the imbalance, treat the underlying cause if possible, and ensure that the therapy helps replace what your body is no longer producing. Contact us today to set up your consultation!