Hormone clinics are centers that offer hormone therapy for various conditions that are either medical or cosmetic. They are usually located in large cities and provide hormone therapy to women for multiple conditions such as infertility, sexual dysfunction, and endometriosis. Transgender people also use them to help them transition from male to female or female to male.
Services Rendered in Hormone Clinics
Hormone Therapy in Menopause
Menopause is a natural process that occurs when a woman’s body stops producing estrogen, which causes many problems such as:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased sex drive
Unfortunately for women, there are no medical treatments approved by the FDA to treat menopause symptoms. Hormone therapy is one way to help relieve some of these symptoms.
Hormone Therapy in Transgender Transition
Transgender individuals experience emotional distress due to their gender identity not matching their physical appearance or biological sex. Conditions affecting the transgender community include:
- Gender dysphoria
- Gender identity disorder (GID)
Gender dysphoria is characterized by intense feelings of discomfort with one’s biological sex that lead to significant distress or impairment in functioning. The condition results from an individual’s strong desire to be treated as the opposite. Transgender people often feel trapped in their bodies because they were born biologically female or male.
Hormone Therapy in Anti-Aging
Anti-aging medicine uses medical treatments to slow down or reverse the aging process. As people age, they experience a decline in their health and vitality and a reduction in their quality of life. Hormone therapy may treat some signs of aging, such as osteoporosis, nerve damage, and joint pain. In addition, hormone therapy can alleviate symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats.
Hormone Therapy in Weight Loss
Weight loss is a goal for many people because it helps them feel better about themselves and can decrease their risk of developing diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Hormone therapy may be used along with other treatments such as diet and exercise to help people lose weight.
Hormone Therapy in Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction refers to problems with a sexual function that may include:
- Lack of interest or arousal
- Lack of desire
- Inability to reach an orgasm
- Delay in achieving orgasm
Hormone therapy is often used by physicians when treating sexual dysfunction. This is because it has been shown that hormone levels are influenced by sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen that regulate certain body parts such as bones, muscle mass, skin texture, and sexual organs.
Hormone Therapy in Cancer Treatment
Hormone therapy is used in cancer treatment to regulate the growth of cancer cells and can help reduce the size of tumors. Hormone therapy can be used for various cancers such as breast, prostate, ovarian, and testicular cancers.
Hormone Therapy in Heart Disease
Heart disease is a common disease that affects millions of Americans each year. Hormone therapy can help improve heart health by helping to regulate cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
Hormone Therapy in Infertility
Infertility is a condition where a couple has difficulty becoming pregnant despite trying for at least one year or more with no success. Many people have difficulty getting pregnant because they have low levels of hormones such as testosterone or estrogen in their bodies. Hormone therapy can be used alone or with other treatments like IVF to help some people with infertility problems become pregnant by increasing sex hormones and stimulating ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary).
Hormone Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). MS is an autoimmune disease because it involves the immune system attacking the brain or spinal cord. Hormone therapy can be used for MS to help reduce inflammation by reducing levels of cytokines (proteins that act like hormones).
What are the side effects of hormone replacement therapy?
The most common side effects of hormone replacement therapy are hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and weight gain. These side effects are usually mild and can be managed. The most serious side effects of hormone replacement therapy include heart attack, stroke, blood clots in the veins (deep vein thrombosis), and breast cancer. Call us at 205-352-9141.