10 Myths about Hormone Replacement Therapy
RenewFX Health Hormone and Low T Therapy Clinics of Houston
For millions of people, the effects of aging can be devastating. Night sweats, mood swings, depression, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue, weight fluctuations and libido issues can range from mild to debilitating.
Different treatment options exist, but few people understand the true benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. RenewFX Health of Texas believes that bioidentical HRT can work for men and women who are going through difficult physical and emotional symptoms associated with aging, and we offer a wide range of unique programs to address individual problems.
We want consumers to be aware of some important misconceptions surrounding bioidentical HRT as well as the truth behind the myths.
Myth #1: Hormone replacement therapy isn’t safe.
Despite what consumers may be led to believe, this industry is just as regulated as the pharmaceutical industry that administers synthetic hormone treatments. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, which works even better with a person’s biological structure, is a safer alternative to synthetic hormones.
Myth #2: You can get cancer from hormone replacement treatments.
Improper hormone levels can wreak havoc on a person’s system if that person already suffers from certain cancers, but bioidentical HRT does not cause cancer. The cancers most susceptible to hormone fluctuations include breast, endometrial and uterine in women, and testicular or prostate cancer in men. People with these conditions should monitor their hormone levels closely. For healthy adults, bioidentical HRT may help to reduce the risk of cancer by balancing natural hormone levels.
Myth #3: Bioidentical hormone treatments lead to blood clots.
The blood clots myth began when HRT was first developed, and it stems from the fact that early treatments were not individualized nor managed properly. Today’s HRT treatments do not pose a risk for developing blood clots to most people because they have been customized to address individual hormone levels and function. In fact, the advancements in specialized integrative medicine and bioidentical HRT allow men and women to enjoy a healthier life due to the proper balancing of testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone levels which mitigates the risk of developing coronary artery disease as well as many other medical conditions. All of this is supported by comprehensive testing and monitoring of your complete metabolic profile by a network of RenewFX specialized hormone therapy physicians.
Myth #4: Hormone therapy only addresses symptoms when they’re present.
The key to alleviating andropause, perimenopause, menopause and post-menopausal symptoms is to regulate hormones continuously. Bioidentical hormone therapy mimics natural biological functions, which help to keep hormone levels consistent even when people aren’t experiencing active symptoms. By keeping hormone levels in check, patients reduce the risk of suffering from long-term issues and can prevent unpleasant side effects.
Myth #5: Bioidentical HRT only works for naturally induced menopause.
Whether for preventive or treatment measures, women undergo procedures in which doctors medically induce menopause. The myth is that medically induced menopause must be treated with synthetic options, but this isn’t the case. Regardless of how a woman’s menopause begins, bioidentical HRT can address common symptoms and give relief by balancing hormones.
Myth #6: After menopause, there’s no reason to continue HRT.
Hormonal imbalance can continue even after the larger biological changes take place. Bioidentical hormone treatments work to prevent long-term side effects of menopause by mimicking and regulating hormone production. Women who might otherwise experience post-menopausal symptoms would benefit from customized HRT treatments.
Myth #7: Only women benefit from bioidentical HRT.
Men can also reap the benefits of bioidentical HRT if they suffer from conditions including hormone deficiency, adrenal deficiency, hypothyroidism, andropause, hypogonadism, low testosterone or “low T.” These conditions often lead to symptoms such as chronic fatigue, depression, sleep disorders, unexplained weight fluctuations and loss of sex drive. By regulating their hormones through bioidentical HRT, men can regain proper hormonal balance and enjoy better quality of life.
Myth #8: Hormone replacement treatments won’t address weight issues.
Doctors often tell men and women that maintaining a healthy weight will be challenging once andropause and menopause begins and that there’s nothing they can do about it. HRT balances hormones, which help to increase your natural energy, providing more vigor for life. As a result, men and women who undergo bioidentical HRT often enjoy a healthier waistline and better muscle definition.
Myth #9: Synthetic hormone treatments work better because they’re real.
Consumers have been told by the Big Pharma industry that synthetic treatment options work better because they have been created by scientists and tested more rigorously than bioidentical treatments. While synthetics work for many patients, bioidentical HRT can be a safer and more natural alternative to chemically created products. In fact, bioidentical hormones are made from natural sources such as plants, and they work by mimicking the body’s natural hormone production.
Myth #10: All HRT treatments act the same.
One of the primary advantages of specialized hormone replacement therapy is that it addresses a person’s specific needs. Unlike many providers, which take a “one-size-fits-all cookie cutter” approach to treating age-related symptoms, RenewFX Health programs are tailored to meet the unique hormonal balance of each individual. At RenewFX Health of Texas, our physicians work with people on a customized basis in order to create an integrated treatment plan that addresses their specific concerns. Hormone replacement therapy can alleviate the natural symptoms of aging.
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