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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

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In order to properly restore balanced hormones, our team at Renew Wellness Center provides innovative hormone replacement therapy in Sugar Land, TX. Through customized treatment plans, we can ensure you receive the appropriate care to meet your unique needs. Contact us in Sugar Land, TX, to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.

 

By correcting age-related hormone decline with appropriate doses of key bioidentical hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, we can give you the balanced body chemistry of a much younger person. This will not only relieve andropause and menopause symptoms but also promote better overall health and function in the body.

 

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is designed to improve the balance of your primary hormones that have depleted over the years and is based on your body’s individual needs. Reduced levels of estrogen, testosterone, and/or progesterone are restored so that your overall health is revived. The plant-derived compound offers a molecular match to the hormones that are naturally produced in our bodies and have very minimal if any, side effects.

 

Treatment is individualized based on your hormone levels, lifestyle, and goals. We offer several delivery methods including topical creams, oral capsules, and self-administered injections. We also offer EvexiPEL pellet therapy. Pellets are bioidentical hormones compressed to the size of a rice grain that is placed under the skin in a quick and simple procedure where they release a continuous dose of hormones for 4-6 months. Pellet therapy is a safe and convenient option that has been around since the 1930s and is a great option for people with busy lifestyles.

At Renew Wellness Center, we are dedicated to helping regulate our Sugar Land, TX patients’ hormones for an improved quality of life. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.

Male Hormones

MALE HRT Treatments

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Benefits for men

Men, similar to women, experience a gradual loss of hormones beginning as early as the mid-30s sometimes referred to as Andropause. Andropause can be responsible for changes in libido, stamina, and metabolic functions. For men, hormonal imbalances can mean hair loss, decreased muscle tone, lack of energy, and weight gain. This can be due to a decline in testosterone.

 

With the use of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy men finally have a safe alternative to relieve their symptoms and get their youthful selves back on track. In addition to hormonal therapy, modification of diet and exercise are recommended in order to regain their well-being.

Symptoms of hormonal imbalance

  • Fatigue -Have you lost your edge? If you’re tired all the time your motivation suffers, your family life suffers, and your sex life suffers.

 

  • Low Sex Drive -Many men experience a below-normal sex drive during andropause. What is below normal? If where it is now isn’t working for you, it’s below normal.

 

  • Weight Gain -Trying to lose weight during andropause feels like pushing a heavy rock up a steep hill. The more out of balance your hormones become, the steeper the hill.

 

  • Muscle Loss -Your body needs testosterone to build muscle. If you’re losing muscle mass or finding it difficult to build new muscle, you may have low testosterone.

 

  • Insomnia -Many men develop a profound appreciation for sleep during andropause. That’s because sleep can be in short supply when hormones are out of balance.

 

  • Irritability -Are you grouchy? Easily frustrated or quick to get angry? More importantly, are your loved ones complaining about it? Welcome to Irritable Male Syndrome.

 

  • Depression -There’s a reason you’re feeling down and unmotivated. Low serotonin equals depression. And low testosterone equals low serotonin.

 

  • Memory Loss -Brain fog. Poor concentration. Diminished mental acuity. If you aren’t feeling as sharp as you used to, andropause may be to blame.

 

  • Erectile Dysfunction -E.D. affects roughly 30 million men in the United States. Yes, it’s that common. It’s just no one likes to talk about it. There are, however, many solutions.

 

  • Hot Flashes -That’s right—men have hot flashes, too. We’ve found they trouble about 20% of our clients prior to restoring testosterone.

 

  • Prostate Conditions -Prevention is the name of the game when it comes to prostate conditions. That means balanced hormones, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

  • Hair Loss -Even though hair loss has been studied extensively, surprisingly little is known about it. We let 16 years of experience and common sense inform our approach.

 

  • Sleep Apnea -Waking up and not being able to breathe is unpleasant. But it doesn’t end there. Sleep apnea causes oxygen deprivation, and aggravates other andropause symptoms.

 

  • Osteoporosis -A reduction in bone density is more common than you might think in andropausal men. Through balanced hormones, it’s also preventable.

Male Hormone - Testosterone

Testosterone is the life source for the male body. It’s what makes a man a man. This is because the male body is filled with testosterone receptors. If testosterone levels dip, these receptors won’t receive enough testosterone to keep you going. The result is fatigue. Low sex drive. Muscle loss. And many other symptoms. Learn more about Low Testosterone.

Male Hormone - Thyroid

The thyroid gland and its many associated hormones can be thought of as the “traffic center” for your endocrine system. Thyroid hormones are important in their own right, especially for regulating metabolism. But healthy thyroid function is also critical to the balance of your other hormones. When something is out of whack elsewhere in your endocrine system, the thyroid gland will work hard to compensate.

Male Hormone - Estrogen

Men need a little estrogen to be healthy. It’s good for your heart, your brain, and your bones. But many men have too much, and that can result in symptoms like fatigue, low sex drive, and belly fat. It can also increase prostate cancer risk. But having too much estrogen isn’t inevitable. Symptoms can be alleviated, and prostate cancer risk can be reduced.

 

Elevated estrogen usually occurs as testosterone declines, because as testosterone declines, most men will accumulate fat–primarily belly fat. Fat contains an enzyme called aromatase, and aromatase converts testosterone to estrogen. In other words, as men age, their bodies often exchange testosterone for estrogen at an increased rate. Estrogen, in turn, causes belly fat. It becomes a vicious circle. This is why raising testosterone levels without controlling estrogen is counterproductive, and why losing weight if your hormones are out of whack will be nearly impossible.

Male Hormone - DHEA

DHEA is produced by your adrenal glands, and is the most plentiful sex hormone in the body. Without it, your body can’t make other important hormones. It has the added benefit of keeping your hormones balanced and functioning well.As people age, their adrenal glands slow down and produce less DHEA. Stress can also decrease DHEA production in the body by exhausting the adrenal glands and causing adrenal fatigue. Some people have compromised adrenal function as a consequence of both age and stress.

 

Because DHEA plays such a pivotal role in the proper function and balance of your endocrine system overall, balancing other hormones can be a challenge in the absence of sufficient DHEA. Meanwhile, a majority of Americans will lose 80 to 90% of their ability to produce DHEA at healthy levels between ages 30 and 80.

Male Hormone - Cortisol

Cortisol is the hormone responsible for releasing adrenalin when you’re under stress. In small doses, that’s good. But as the saying goes, too much of a good thing can kill you. Such is the case with cortisol.

 

While your body needs some cortisol to function well, too much is toxic. It can destroy healthy cells, cause premature aging, and result in chronic illness. What causes excess cortisol production? Stress.

Female Hormones

FEMALE HRT Treatments

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Benefits for Women

Menopause is the most common period in a woman’s life when hormonal imbalances occur. During menopause, a woman’s ovaries no longer make two prominent hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Women also need small amounts of testosterone which can be deficient as well. This new imbalance can present itself in the form of hot flashes, sexual dysfunction, night sweats, dry skin, bone loss, skin changes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. However, menopause isn't the only cause of hormonal deficiencies. Women as young as their mid-30s can experience deficiencies due to environmental stressors, other medical conditions, and nutritional intake.

 

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can combat these symptoms by replacing the hormones that our bodies once made thus reducing symptoms and improving a woman's quality of life. Multiple studies have shown that women on BHRT have lower risks of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's.

Symptoms of hormonal imbalance

  • Fatigue -Hot flashes are a hallmark symptom of menopause because so many women experience them. Hormone imbalance is almost always the root cause.

 

  • Weight Gain -Losing weight during menopause can feel like pushing a heavy rock up a steep hill. Balanced hormones can end the uphill battle, and make weight loss easier.

 

  • Fatigue -The other symptoms of menopause, like insomnia, night sweats, and depression, are often the culprits behind fatigue. The answer: balanced hormones.

 

  • Low Sex Drive -Low libido often gets lost in the shadows of more classic symptoms. Meanwhile, losing your sex drive can feel like losing a part of yourself.

 

  • Insomnia -Would you do almost anything for a good night’s sleep? Most menopausal women would. Sleep can be a rare commodity during this time in life.

 

  • Mood Changes -Mood issues comprise a particularly difficult cluster of symptoms because they impact those around you—particularly your loved ones.

 

  • Skin Changes -Hormone deficiency won’t do any favors for your skin if left unchecked. We halt those changes with solutions that work from both the inside and the outside.

 

  • Memory Loss -Don’t worry—you aren’t going crazy. Losing your train of thought and drawing mental blanks are common during menopause and perimenopause.

 

  • Vaginal Dryness -Few women want to talk about it. Most women find it a little embarrassing. Lots of women have it. The good news is we aren’t shy about it, and we can fix it.

 

  • Hair Loss -There are numerous reasons why a woman might lose her hair, but two of those reasons are related to testosterone and thyroid.

 

  • Osteoporosis -The “silent” nature of osteoporosis is why screening has become routine in menopausal women, and why healthy levels of estrogen are so important.

FeMale Hormone - Estrogen

Every day we hear from women who are frustrated. They’re frustrated with the inadequate treatment they’re receiving from their primary care physician or their gynecologist. Or they’re frustrated because they can’t find treatment at all. In particular, women are frustrated by how difficult it is to get good information about treatment options.

 

Due to the abundance of misinformation available, this frustration is frequently focused on estrogen. Allow us to shed some light on this very misunderstood hormone.

 

Benefits of Estrogen:

 

Let’s cut to the chase. Estrogen is the feel-good hormone for women. You simply won’t feel your best without an adequate supply in your system.

 

Following, you will find a concise list of the many things estrogen does for your body:

 

  • Decreases “bad cholesterol” (LDL), and increases “good cholesterol” (HDL).

  • Protects your arteries by keeping them open and flexible.

  • Lowers your risk of a heart attack.

  • Reduces homocysteine levels in your blood.

  • Protects your brain and your memory, and reduces the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

  • Increases your ability to concentrate.

  • Promotes the production of collagen, which helps your skin to maintain its elasticity.

  • Helps your skin retain moisture, minimizing wrinkles.

  • Maintains the elasticity of your vaginal tissue.

  • Prevents osteoporosis.

  • Keeps your teeth healthy.

  • Increases your metabolism and reduces your appetite, which helps to prevent weight gain.

  • Protects the health of your eyes.

  • Prevents colon cancer.

  • Protects your lungs from cancer.

  • Keeps your voice strong and steady.

  • Reduces insulin sensitivity, and makes your blood sugar more stable.

  • Detoxifies the cells in your body.

  • Estriol in combination with bioidentical progesterone protects against breast cancer.

  • Estriol in combination with bioidentical progesterone protects against ovarian cancer.

 

Estrogen can be found everywhere in your body. It keeps everything moving and growing and functioning optimally. Take away estrogen, and things don’t work as well—they decline. Replace estrogen, and everything functions better. Estrogen is key to healthy aging for women.

Female hormone - Progesterone

While the focus in women’s hormones is often on estrogen, it’s important to remember that estrogen is at its best and safest when combined with progesterone. Progesterone is like the police when it comes to estrogen. It allows estrogen to do its good work in terms of healthy cell growth but keeps that growth from going unchecked.

 

Benefits of Progesterone

 

Bioidentical progesterone is the “can-do-no-wrong” hormone.

 

Following are just a few of its many positive benefits:

 

  • Protects against estrogen dominance.

  • Protect the breasts, uterus, and ovaries from cancer.

  • Protects your brain from decline.

  • Reduces anxiety.

  • Acts as an antidepressant.

  • Alleviates insomnia.

  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory.

  • Prevents water retention.

  • Improves the breakdown of fat into energy by raising thyroid hormone levels.

  • Cuts cravings for carbohydrates.

  • Reduces breast tenderness.

  • Combats osteoporosis by contributing to the creation of new bone.

  • Increases HDL levels (the good cholesterol).

Female Hormone - Testosterone

Most women think of testosterone as being a strictly male hormone. But women need testosterone, too. They just need much less. This comparatively small amount of testosterone, however, does the same thing for women that it does for men. Remember how you felt when you were 20 or 30? Testosterone was largely responsible. Testosterone makes your sex drive strong, and keeps your moods stable. It helps you build muscle, and control fat. It even makes your mind sharper, and your energy level higher.

Benefits of Testosterone

 

Testosterone does wonderful things for a woman’s body. In addition to improving sex drive and the ability to build muscle, testosterone can:

 

  • Improve mental acuity.

  • Increase energy.

  • Improve mood (by lifting depression).

  • Improve the ability to burn fat.

  • Strengthen bones.

 

But without the right dose, these results won’t be maximized. To get optimal positive results (like increased energy and increased sex drive) without negative side effects (like oily skin and acne) dosage needs to be individualized just for you.

FeMale Hormone - Thyroid

The thyroid gland and its many associated hormones can be thought of as the “traffic center” for your endocrine system. Thyroid hormones are important in their own right, especially for regulating metabolism. But healthy thyroid function is also critical to the balance of your other hormones. When something is out of whack elsewhere in your endocrine system, the thyroid gland will work hard to compensate.

 

The Facts about Thyroid

 

1. Being low thyroid frequently goes hand in hand with imbalances in other hormones.

 

2. There is a symbiotic relationship between the thyroid and other hormones. Treating other hormones without checking the thyroid is not an effective way to balance hormones.

 

3. Many symptoms of low thyroid overlap with symptoms of other hormone imbalances, including fatigue, weight gain, irritability, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and brain fog.

Female Hormone - DHEA

DHEA is produced by your adrenal glands and is the most plentiful sex hormone in the body. Without it, your body can’t make other important hormones. It has the added benefit of keeping your hormones balanced and functioning well.

TESTIMONIALS

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Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQ

Hormone Self Test

Take the self-test below to help you determine if your levels of hormones are below normal.

 

Rate the following Signs and Symptoms from 0 (never) to 4 (always)

 

  • I'm irritable and lose my self-control

  • Abdominal weight gain and bloating

  • I don't have the energy I used to

  • My hair is thinning

  • I have trouble sleeping at night

  • I lack sexual desire

 

Results (Add numbers up):

6 or less: Satisfactory Level

Between 7 and 12: Possible Testosterone Deficiency

 

By correcting age-related hormone decline with appropriate doses of key bioidentical hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, we can give you the balanced body chemistry of a much younger person. This will not only relieve andropause and menopause symptoms, but also promote better overall health and function in the body.

What is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is designed to improve the balance of your primary hormones that have depleted over the years and is based on your body’s individual needs. Reduced levels of estrogen, testosterone, and/or progesterone are restored so that your overall health is revived. The plant-derived compound offers a molecular match to the hormones that are naturally produced in our bodies and have very minimal if any side effects.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?

Hormone replacement therapy offers a wide range of benefits to improve the overall health and quality of life for both women and men, including:

  • Increasing energy levels

  • Sharpening mental focus and concentration

  • Boosting libido and sex drive

  • Improving sexual function and performance

  • Boosting the metabolism for weight loss

  • Supporting lean muscle mass

  • Rejuvenating skin health

  • Reducing menopause and andropause symptoms

  • Promoting better sleep

  • Improving overall mood and sense of wellbeing

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?

Ideal candidates for hormone replacement therapy at Renew Wellness Center include men and women who are typical:

  • Over the age of 40

  • Have low energy levels

  • Are experiencing difficulty concentrating or a "mental fog"

  • Have symptoms of menopause or andropause

  • Are experiencing sexual dysfunction

  • Are not getting good sleep

  • Wanting to improve their overall quality of life

WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF LOW/DECLINING HORMONE LEVELS?

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you may have hormone deficiencies:

  • Loss of energy and fatigue

  • Sudden weight gain

  • Low sex drive or compromised sexual performance

  • Thinning of hair and pale skin

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Pain in joints or weak muscles

  • Trouble with remembering things

  • Mood swings or depression

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A QUALITY HRT PROTOCOL?

Not all bioidentical hormone treatments are created equal. In order for treatment to be safe and effective, the bioidentical hormones must be administered as part of a quality treatment protocol that includes:

 

  • Treatment for all hormones affecting aging

  • Personalized dosages tailored to your exact needs

  • Safe delivery methods

  • Ongoing lab testing and monitoring

  • Oversight by a board-certified doctor

 

At Renew Wellness Center, our bioidentical hormone therapy includes these safeguards and more. Using the results of lab tests and your description of your symptoms, we’ll work hard to optimize your hormone levels so you can look and feel your best. Treatment is always convenient. Except for a few initial office visits, you can self-administer your treatment at home. Unlike some treatment providers, we don’t just write you a prescription and abandon you. Instead, we will stay in close communication with you to make sure your treatment remains safe and effective. We are always available to answer questions and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment.

Will HRT help me lose weight?

Weight loss is one of the many benefits of hormone replacement therapy. As we age, hormone levels decline, causing accelerated fat accumulation, especially in the abdominal area. As hormone levels drop, metabolism declines, and your body begins to store fat increasing your risk for insulin resistance and heart disease. Hormone replacement therapy has been shown to decrease hormonally related weight gain and reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Can hormone replacement therapy make me look younger?

When we are young, our bodies are full of different nutrients and hormones that give us a glowing youthful appearance. When hormones decrease, there is a decline in collagen production which causes a loss of skin elasticity and thickness. That, combined with dryness, can cause sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. Hair loss can become a problem for both men and women as the hair follicles shrink. One of the benefits of hormone replacement therapy is that it can make you look (and feel) younger by boosting collagen production, improving skin hydration, elasticity, and thickness, reducing wrinkles, and improving hair loss.

How quickly can I see results with HRT?

Results are unique for each patient and can be affected by a number of factors; however, most patients can begin to see results after about 2 – 3 weeks. Optimal results are typically achieved after 3 – 4 months.

Can anyone have hormone replacement therapy?

No, not everyone can be a suitable candidate. People who have a medical or family history of stroke, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, bleeding, or certain types of cancers may not be candidates. During your consultation at Renew Laser & Skin, we will go over your medical history and current health to determine if hormone replacement therapy is right for you.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.