Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been an effective treatment for hormonal decline in men and women for decades.
As we age, our hormone production goes down, leading to a range of undesirable symptoms. Typically HRT has been used by older people, often in their 40s or 50s or older, to help correct the hormonal imbalances caused by aging. But in recent years HRT has been employed by younger people as well since hormonal decline is beginning at younger and younger ages.
No matter what your age, if you are experiencing symptoms of hormonal decline, HRT may be a good solution for you.
Am I Too Young For Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone production can be negatively affected by a range of issues, many of which can arise in adults of any age. More and more men and women are finding themselves struggling with hormonal imbalances in their 30s and 40s, sometimes even younger. Hormone production can begin to decline as early as 18 or 19 years old, so it is not surprising that some younger adults find themselves suffering from the symptoms of hormonal imbalances.
HRT for Younger Men
Testosterone levels in men typically begin to noticeably decline around age 30 and continue to decline over the following years. While a gradual decline in testosterone is normal, studies have determined that there has been a remarkable reduction in the level of testosterone in men across the board. A man at 40 today may have somewhere around 15% – 20% less testosterone than a man at age 40 just twenty years ago.
As testosterone declines, it is common to experience symptoms like lowered sex drive, decreased energy, difficulty building muscle or depression. Whatever your age, these symptoms are undesirable. They will make it difficult to make the most out of your life and can leave you feeling less happy and vital than you should.
Most men in their 20s, 30s and even possibly 40s are not likely to look to testosterone first when they experience these negative symptoms. Most think it is just a low period in their lives or attribute the symptoms to other medical issues they are dealing with. The same is true for most traditional doctors. Most doctor’s first assumption is that the symptoms are caused by other issues because they are not trained to consider hormonal decline as a cause of these problems.
Fortunately, low testosterone can often be treated effectively with HRT. Bioidentical testosterone cream or injections or other medications that increase the body’s own production of testosterone (like hCG or clomiphene) can correct imbalances relatively quickly, which means you can get back to feeling the way you are supposed to feel.
HRT for Younger Women
The majority of women know to expect hormonal changes sometime in their 50s as menopause sets in. But women in their 30s and 40s may not think about hormonal imbalances when they start to experience symptoms like weight gain, loss of interest in sex and other issues related to hormonal decline. Instead, they may assume that something is “wrong” with them, which is unfortunate. If the symptoms are related to hormonal imbalances, they may be remedied by HRT.
Perimenopause is the medical term for the transition period into menopause. During perimenopause, the body starts to wildly varying amounts of estrogen, before the loss of production at menopause. It can start as early as the late 30s, and last from a few months to a full 10 years or more. During perimenopause, the symptoms of menopause may start to show up.
The symptoms of both overall hormonal decline and perimenopause can usually be managed with HRT. It is important for younger women to be aware of the possibility of hormonal imbalances. If you are not feeling like yourself, HRT may offer a way to correct the problem in a surprisingly short amount of time.
Maintaining Awareness of Your Body
The best judge of how you feel is you. Only you know what is normal for your body, and when things start to change to abnormal you are the one best equipped to recognize problems as they arise. When you do notice something is wrong, take action and seek help from a medical professional.
Testing for hormonal imbalances is not difficult to do. It requires a simple blood test. If the blood test shows you have hormonal imbalances, your doctor can advise you on what options you have to improve the way you feel and get you back to your best self.
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