In women, levels of sex hormones begin falling gradually around age 30. By age 40, the effects become more noticeable, and around age 50, many start experiencing symptoms of menopause, including erratic periods.
By the time they’re 60 years of age, periods have usually stopped altogether and sex hormones have dwindled to almost nothing.
In a handful of women, the process of menopause is so gradual and mild that they breeze through this life change. For many others, however, it’s wrought with unpleasant symptoms that can be severely disruptive.
Men go through a similar change in life known as andropause. Unlike in women, men’s symptoms are the result of declining testosterone.
A man’s testosterone levels start falling in his mid-20s and continue to drop more sharply as he ages.
By the time he’s in his 40s, his testosterone levels have been cut in about half. Indeed, this is roughly the age at which many men begin complaining of no longer feeling like themselves anymore.
Menopause and andropause are normal, natural occurrences, but their effects on health, quality of life and even psychological well-being can be devastating.
Some of the most common symptoms can include:
- Low libido
- Thinning hair or hair loss
- Weight gain
- Memory problems
- Irritability and mood swings
- Depression, anxiety and panic attacks
- Insomnia or frequent waking at night
- Night sweats
- Gynecomastia (male breast growth)
- Changes in bowel habits
When men and women feel that something isn’t right with their body, their first instinct is to find a natural, safe and effective way to deal with the problem.
The fluctuating hormone seen during andropause and menopause can have a severe impact on your relationship, job, friendships and other aspects of your everyday life.
For this reason, more people are turning to bioidentical hormone therapy for help.
Bioidentical hormone therapy helps bring your hormones back into balance by giving you exogenous (externally supplied) hormones that match the ones created naturally by your body.
These hormones are derived from natural sources and have been specially altered to be molecularly indistinguishable from your own.
When bioidentical hormones are introduced into your body, they allow you to achieve proper hormone balance and relieve, or even be rid of, the symptoms that trouble you.
When Should I Start Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
If you’re struggling with any of the symptoms listed above and they’re interfering with your ability to enjoy life and be productive and healthy, it’s time to speak with us about starting this beneficial treatment.
To learn more, contact Medical Aesthetics of New England today to schedule a consultation.