How Does Hormone Replacement Work?

How does Hormone Replacement Therapy work for women?

Measurements of estrogen and testosterone levels are crucial, along with other blood tests, to evaluate blood count, thyroid function, and kidney function. Many women currently taking bioidentical hormone replacement therapy continue to have hot flashes, because the signals are not getting back to the brain. Blood work takes the guess work out of the process. Women do make some testosterone from the ovary and the adrenal gland, which has an effect on muscle mass, energy and especially libido…just like in men, but much lower levels.

Especially challenging with sex hormone (testosterone and estrogen) replacement is the fact that oral mediations (pills that you swallow) are degraded by the gut and liver breaking down the hormone considerably before it can reach the target areas, affecting the overall potency and purity of the hormone. The normal gonad (ovary) releases the hormone directly into the blood stream at a fairly steady rate. “Bypassing the liver” is thought to be the most natural delivery system.

How does Hormone Replacement Therapy work for men?

Laboratory measurements of testosterone and estrogen levels are crucial, along with other blood tests to evaluate blood count, thyroid function and kidney function. Males do produce some estrogen from body fat, and some testosterone is converted to estrogen by an enzyme known as aromatase. Small amounts of estrogen are normal. Knowing the tendency for a man to “convert” estrogen is important to the decision to treat, as well as how to monitor during hormone replacement therapy.

Especially challenging with sex hormone (testosterone and estrogen) replacement is the fact that oral mediations (pills that you swallow) are degraded by the gut and liver breaking down the hormone considerably before it can reach the target areas, affecting the overall potency and purity of the hormone. The normal gonad (ovary) releases the hormone directly into the blood stream at a fairly steady rate. “Bypassing the liver” is thought to be the most natural delivery system.

To learn more about natural hormone replacement therapy, contact us today at 615-377-7765.