Hormone Replacement Therapy in Philadelphia, PA
Fluctuating hormones can cause a myriad of issues that have physical and emotional effects. For those people in Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia, PA, as well as the surrounding area, seeking treatment for hormonal imbalances, board-certified physician Dr. Daniel Lebowitz at World Wellness Health Institute, offers effective treatments, including hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones to restore the natural balances and alleviate the symptoms that cause so much disruption.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone levels decrease as we age. Common symptoms that accompany this natural process include hot flashes, drier skin, age-related conditions, such as osteoporosis and a disinterest in sex. Contrary to belief, women and men suffer from decreases in hormones.
To combat the symptoms that seem to take over our lives, doctors often prescribe hormone replacement therapy to replace the ones the body no longer makes. The goal is to restore normal hormone levels and alleviate the symptoms. When this happens, we have less risk of age-related illnesses, reverse our biological clocks and improve our quality of life so that we live longer.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
When women start puberty, they begin to produce estrogen. Once this starts, the level of estrogen in the body varies each month, depending on the stage in their cycles with the highest amounts during the middle of the cycle when the ovaries release an egg.
Because the levels vary within each month and because every woman’s cycle is different, estrogen is not the absolute red flag that there is an imbalance. As women age and get closer to the time just prior to menopause (perimenopause), estrogen levels may be all over the place. This causes hot flashes, weight gain, extreme mood swings, and more. That’s where hormone replacement therapy may be recommended. This treatment helps return hormone levels to normal so that the awful symptoms diminish and the body is better equipped to fight age-related conditions.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
For men, the hormone that decreases with age is testosterone. Another little fact is that testosterone actually peaks at age 17. At 17, boys tend to have a lot more energy, get taller and gain muscle mass at this point. After that, the levels quit increasing but maintain their level throughout their 20s. Once they hit the early to mid-30s, testosterone begins to decrease. Unfortunately, by the time they hit middle age, most men have about half the testosterone they did as teenagers; however, some experience this loss prematurely and rapidly. This is andropause, and fortunately, there are hormone replacement therapies specifically designed to treat this condition in men.
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Contrary to popular belief, hormone replacement therapy is very beneficial for men and women as they age.
Men benefit from hormone replacement therapy by:
A stronger libido
An increase in muscle mass
Healthier bone mass
Reduced body fat
Women benefit from hormone replacement therapy by:
Fewer hot flashes
Decreased vaginal dryness
Reduced risk of chronic health conditions, such as osteoporosis and certain cancers
How Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Administered?
There are various treatments for hormone replacement therapy. For more information on each of these therapies, please click on the following links:
How Much Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Treatment Cost?
The cost of hormone replacement therapy is different for each patient. Prior to being treated, Dr. Lebowitz must determine which protocol best suits your needs. We can discuss the cost of hormone replacement therapy, as well as our payment options with you during your consultation with Dr. Lebowitz and help you determine if your health insurance policy provides any coverage. We offer financing through CareCredit® as a payment option, in addition to cash, checks and credit cards.
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for Me?
The decision to have hormone replacement therapy is a personal one. The issues that accompany perimenopause, menopause or andropause may have a significantly negative effect on your life. If this is the case, you may want to consider this treatment to return your levels to normal and give you back a fulfilling life.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Consultation
During an initial consultation with Dr. Lebowitz, he discusses your symptoms and concerns, as well as gathers information about your medical history and current health. He may also ask for lab work to determine your hormone levels. Once he reviews everything, he makes a recommendation for the best hormone replacement therapy to alleviate your symptoms. As your personal physician, he constantly monitors your status to make sure your hormones are balanced, and you are in good health.
*Disclaimer: Results cannot be guaranteed and may vary from person to person.
If you experience any of the side effects associated with perimenopause, menopause or andropause, hormone replacement therapy offered at World Wellness Health Institute may be the answer. Dr. Daniel Lebowitz, a board-certified physician, offers various treatments for hormone replacement therapy to residents in Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania. Contact us today!