Myths and Facts About Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Do you know the truth about hormone therapy? There are many misconceptions surrounding these biological agents and treatment for imbalances. While hormones are a vital part of our sexual reproduction system, they also impact every other organ and system in the body. Hormone replacement therapy can be life-changing for men and women of all ages who are suffering from imbalances. Here are some of the common myths and corresponding facts about hormone therapy.

Myth: Hormone replacement therapy is only for menopausal women

Fact: Hormone replacement therapy is used for treating symptoms of menopause, but that is only one of many instances where hormone balances change. Both men and women may experience hormone imbalances through their adult life that impact their sexual reproduction systems, as well as other hormone fluctuations.

Myth: Hormone therapy for menopause can cause higher risks of breast cancer and other diseases.

Fact: There have been studies that were released and then debunked over the years regarding hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer, heart disease and other health risks. Most of these were related to synthetic hormone replacement therapies. There is much evidence against the fact that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy increases risks for breast cancer, heart disease or any other health issues – this is also true for male hormone treatments.

Myth: Men receiving testosterone injections will be more aggressive.

Fact: Severe mood swings are more common with those with a hormone imbalance than with those receiving hormone therapy. The myth surrounding testosterone injections and aggressive behavior most likely stemmed from equating anabolic steroid reactions or “roid rage” with testosterone therapy. This is not the case. Hormone treatments using testosterone in men can eliminate mood swings and quell aggressive behavior, not cause it.

Myth: Hormone therapy is a life-long commitment.

Fact: The length of treatment with hormone replacement varies from person to person and depends on the condition. For some patients, hormone treatments may last a few months; others may require years of treatments, or some may only need a few weeks of therapy. There is not a set length of treatment for hormone replacement.

Hormone therapy can be a game-changer for many people experiencing low energy, sexual dysfunction, mood problems, weight gain or other symptoms of hormone imbalance. To learn more about hormone testing and treatment for imbalance, contact us at Arcadia Wellness Center in Phoenix. We offer hormone therapy for men and women that is safe and effective.