Don’t Fall for These Hormone Replacement Therapy Myths
When it comes to non-traditional medicine and wellness modalities, there are always people who are quick to dispute their effectiveness. Unfortunately, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is one form of treatment that falls into this category.
At Impact Medical Zephyrhills we specialize in diagnosing and treating hormone-related issues and we are here to dispel the myths about HRT to help you decide if this effective treatment is right for you.
Myth #1: Hormone Replacement Therapy Only Works for Women
Both men and women can suffer from hormone imbalances including imbalances in insulin, growth hormones, adrenaline, and steroids. Women may also experience estrogen and progesterone imbalances, while men are more likely to suffer imbalances in testosterone.
Hormone imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a particular hormone in the bloodstream. Hormone imbalances can affect the whole body and can cause issues with:
- Heart rate
- Sexual function
- Stress levels and mood
- Body temperature
Hormone replacement therapy can be used by both men and women to help regulate most major bodily functions.
Myth #2. Hormone Replacement Therapy Causes Cancer and Heart Disease
This HRT myth has been debunked time and time again. Although it is true that receiving more hormones than your body needs can raise the risk of some types of cancers, when properly administered, HRT does not cause cancer in healthy adults.
There is no reported association between HRT and heart disease. In fact, some studies have found that women taking estrogen were less likely to develop heart disease.
Myth #3. There’s Only One Form of HRT
Many people believe that there is only one way to administer hormone replacement therapy. The truth is that it is much less restrictive than these people think.
There are several types of HRT ranging from topical formulations, oral pellets, and injections. Different types of HRT can be used alone or in specific combinations to best treat symptoms and balance your hormones.
Myth #4. You Don’t Need HRT Unless You Have Severe Symptoms
There is a common myth that hormone replacement therapy can only be used to address severe symptoms of hormone imbalances. You should NOT wait for your symptoms to get worse before seeking treatment.
HRT can relieve hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, and many more signs of hormonal imbalances and is quite beneficial for less severe symptoms that are interfering with your daily life.
Myth #5. HRT is Not “Natural”
All bioidentical hormones, even ones that are derived from plants, require a chemical process that allows pharmacists to synthesize the final product. Bioidentical hormones contain an exact molecular match of human hormones. Yes, you read that right!
Whether you are using HRT creams, injections, patches, or pellets, every bioidentical hormone is made from the most natural form of hormones that can be found.
Myth #6. I Can Get the Same Benefits from Vitamins and Supplements
If you think that you can pop a few calcium pills to keep your bones safe from osteoporosis, (one of the conditions linked to low estrogen,) think again. Estrogen is the key to strong, healthy bones so when you have an estrogen deficiency, your bones will get weaker as you age. Taking calcium to reverse bone loss does not work, but hormone replacement therapy might.
Further, taking supplements and vitamins to self-treat hormonal imbalances can set you up for disappointment. That’s why it is in your best interest to come in and consult with our team at Impact Medical Zephyrhills for customized HRT treatments
Get Started with Hormone Replacement Therapy
Get your energy back and feel better in all aspects of your life with Hormone Replacement Therapy at Impact Medical Zephyrhills. We will design a personalized hormone therapy plan that will suit your unique needs and symptoms to help you feel your best.
Get relief from hormonal imbalance symptoms. Contact Impact Medical Zephyrhills for a hormone replacement therapy consultation today: (813) 706-5156!