Hormone Replacement Therapy - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement TherapyAre you experiencing irritability, poor sleep, increased stress, increased food sensitivities, decreased exercise tolerance or low
libido?

As we age, our bodies general slow or stop production of certain hormones. For both men and women, a hormone deficiency can be difficult to deal with. At times, the symptoms can seem like they’re taking over your life.

For women, estrogen production drops dramatically during menopause. Hot flashes, sweating, mood swings, headaches, sexual issues and trouble sleeping are all common symptoms for menopausal and postmenopausal women that intrude on your quality of life.

Additionally, men may experience similar condition known as andropause, or male menopause, from a decrease in testosterone production. This can lead to decreased muscle mass, hair loss, decreased sex drive and even depression.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can ease these symptoms and help men and women to improve energy, balance mood, increase libido and improve sleep.

HRT involves taking hormones to replace those that your body has stopped making or doesn’t make enough of. For women, this is usually estrogen and progesterone. For men, it’s testosterone. There are a variety of ways to take these hormones – pills, dermal patches or gels, creams or suppositories.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

In recent years, there has been a movement away from synthetic hormones towards bioidentical hormones, defined as “compounds that have exactly the same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are produced in the human body." Crozer-Keystone uses FDA-approved BHRT compounds to help treat symptoms of menopause and andropause.