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What Is Estrogen Hormone Replacement Therapy

Estrogen Therapy

Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) is a form of treatment where the hormone estrogen is replaced in the body with a bioidentical formula prescribed by a licensed physician. This will be done when estrogen naturally depletes within the body (as confirmed by blood testing) sometime after the age of 30. Age is a factor that slowly depletes all hormones through the years and the only way to replace those missing hormones is to participate in hormone replacement therapy or (HRT).

Estrogen therapy is usually a kind of treatment that is known to be prescribed by qualified practitioners to women primarily. This is because most people view estrogen as a woman’s hormone – and it is. However, men need estrogen in their bodies too, just a smaller amount. Men will also sometimes need to replace their lost estrogen if it becomes so low that they become at risk for developing osteoporosis.

  • What is estrogen therapy for osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is when bones become so fragile and brittle (mostly due to depleting hormones) that they become highly susceptible to fracturing or breaking. ERT can stop this from occurring by replacing estrogen to strengthen bone mineral density.

  • How does one know if they would benefit from estrogen hormone replacement?

Getting blood tested is the only way to know if a man or a woman is deficient in estrogen. Our clinical advisors set every patient we have up with a local clinic in their hometown to get their blood tested and to get a physical exam. The test results come back to our clinic where our doctors fully analyze the results. They are looking to see if the body has lost enough estrogen that estrogen hormone therapy will benefit their patients’ health.

What Are The Benefits Of Estrogen Therapy

There are many benefits that come with estrogen therapy if it is done correctly and safely with a licensed doctor’s prescription and medical supervision. Here is a comprehensive list of the benefits of ERT:

  • Stronger bone mineral density
  • Less risk for developing osteoporosis
  • Less risk for fracturing or breaking bones
  • Better, longer and overall improved sleep
  • Less sleep disturbances
  • Less hot flashes
  • Less night sweats
  • Less body, joint and muscle pain
  • Less depression
  • Less anxiety
  • Less irritability and moodiness
  • A stronger emotional stability
  • An overall heightened mood
  • Weight loss (especially around the midsection)
  • Increased sexual libido
  • More sexual desire
  • Less vaginal dryness
  • More comfortable sexual relations
  • Better memory
  • Better ability to focus
  • Better ability to concentrate
  • More stamina
  • More endurance
  • More vigor and vitality
  • A lessening of the frequency that a person needs to urinate
  • Stronger memory
  • Better ability to concentrate and focus
  • Lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • A healthier heart
  • A stronger immune system
  • Less sickness or infection
  • Faster healing
  • Stronger skin elasticity
  • Healthier and more vibrant looking skin
  • Less sagging skin
  • Less wrinkles
  • Less noticeable appearance of crow’s feet around the eyes

Not all men and women will get all of these benefits, but they will experience most of them. Taking your medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor will increase the amount of change for the better that you will feel and see. Most patients are thrilled when they participate in estrogen therapy with us. They notice a difference in the way they look and feel very shortly after beginning therapy and by balancing their hormones.

What Are The Side Effects Of Estrogen Replacement

Like with all kinds of therapy and treatments, they may come with possible side effects. This does not mean that every person will have unexpected negative things occur, but it may happen. In addition, side effects can surface if a person does not follow their prescription, is not taking their medication as directed, is taking too much medication or is having an allergic reaction to the solution being injected.

In addition, it is imperative to only get prescribed injections from a licensed professional from a reputable hormone replacement therapy clinic. Never buy medications from unknown sources such as overseas, the online black market, non-reputable online websites, friends, personal trainers or anyone other than a specialist in estrogen hormone therapy. If you do, you will never know that what you are purchasing is 100 percent authentic and real. Serious side effects and problems can occur if medication is tainted, fake or contains bacterial residue from the manufacturing process.

Here is a comprehensive list of the possible, but rare side effects that can happen with doctor prescribed ERT:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Blemishes
  • Breast tenderness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Mood swings
  • Sleeplessness
  • Swelling, itching or redness at the application site
  • Stomach cramping
  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Dark colored urine or stool
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Paranoia
  • Dysphoria
  • Euphoria
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Chest pressure
  • Swelling of hands, feet or ankles
  • Swelling of mouth, tongue or gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad or fruity smell to breath