What Is HRT? 10 Benefits for Men and Women

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What is HRT? For men and women alike, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a medical treatment used to alleviate symptoms of hormonal imbalances or deficiencies. Many patients visit Preventative Medical Clinic knowing that something feels “off” but aren’t sure what to do about it. For many, HRT is the key to restoring health and equilibrium in their lives.

What symptoms can HRT help with? We break down the benefits of HRT for women and men below.

5 Benefits of HRT for Women

1. Relief From Menopausal Symptoms

One of the most common uses of HRT is for menopause relief. By replenishing estrogen and progesterone, HRT alleviates hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, reduced libido, and vaginal dryness to improve a woman’s quality of life during this transitional phase.

2. Mood Stability

Mood swings and irritability can be a frustrating effect of hormonal imbalance. By balancing hormones, HRT promotes a steadier emotional state.

3. Bone Health

A drop in estrogen is associated with a reduction in bone mineral density. HRT can prevent the loss of bone density that often accompanies menopause, helping to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures in postmenopausal women.

4. Heart Health

Recent research suggests that HRT may have a positive impact on heart health and can decrease the risk of heart disease in women approaching menopause.

5. Improved Sleep

HRT can help regulate sleep patterns, offering relief to women experiencing menopause-related sleep disturbances.

5 Benefits of HRT for Men

1. Hormonal Balance

Beginning in their 40s, many men start experiencing a gradual decline in hormone production. HRT for men experiencing andropause addresses these hormonal deficiencies, such as low testosterone levels. Restoring hormonal balance can improve energy levels, mood, and overall well-being.

2. Weight Management

Imbalances in men’s hormones and weight gain are often interrelated. HRT can help men regain control of their weight by addressing hormonal factors.

3. Muscle Mass and Strength

HRT can lead to an increase in muscle mass and strength, making it beneficial for men looking to enhance their physical performance or replenish lost volume.

4. Hair Health

Thinning hair leads many men to visit our clinic asking “Can HRT help with hair loss?” The good news is that HRT can sometimes slow hair loss. To boost hair growth, we may also recommend platelet-rich plasma hair restoration treatments.

5. Mental Clarity

Men may experience improved cognitive function and mental clarity as a result of HRT. This treatment can help with brain fog, persistent fatigue, and memory loss.

Is HRT Safe for Men and Women?

HRT is generally safe when administered by a qualified health care professional. Regular monitoring is essential to ensure the treatment is effective and safe for each individual.

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of hormone deficiency, consider discussing HRT with a health care provider. A personalized consultation can provide valuable insights into the potential benefits and risks of HRT. Request a consultation using our online form or call us at (402) 408-0017 to set up an appointment and take the first step toward a healthier, happier you.

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