Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hot Flashes in Men | Bryn Mawr, PA
Understanding Hot Flashes
While hot flashes are a characteristic symptom of menopause in women, many men report experiencing hot flashes as well. A feeling of sudden warmth radiating throughout parts of the upper body is perhaps the most defining feature of hot flashes. This is often accompanied by an increase in heart rate, sweating on the forehead, and finally a brief bout of the chills.
Hot Flashes in Men | Symptoms
Hot flashes in men are typically at their worst at night and may induce symptoms such as:
- Memory loss
But what causes hot flashes, a symptom of menopause, in the opposite sex? It is widely believed that a deficiency of androgen hormones (such as testosterone) increases the influence of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone to cause hot flashes. The androgen imbalance that causes hot flashes may be due to a number of things, but obesity, old age, and a sedentary lifestyle are believed to place men at a higher risk. Fortunately, it is possible to counteract this hormonal imbalance and keep men free of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Hot Flashes
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one of the most popular treatment options for hot flashes in men. HRT begins by measuring hormone levels before a dosage is tailor-made to correct the imbalance. The doses used in HRT are administered using a number of delivery methods, including injections, patches, pills, gels, or creams. While traditional HRT has been shown to provide symptom relief to men with hot flashes, there are some risks.
The hormones used in HRT are synthetic. This means that, while they closely mimic the hormones naturally produced by the body, the hormones used in HRT aren’t fully chemically identical. Because of this, not all of the hormones administered in HRT are accepted for use in the body. This decreases the effectiveness of HRT. Unused synthetics remain in the body and have been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks and certain cancers.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Safer and More Effective?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) differs from traditional HRT in that the hormones used in this treatment are chemically identical to those naturally produced by the body. Because of this, more of the bioidentical hormones administered in the treatment are used by the body and almost none remain to potentially cause bodily harm.
BHRT is delivered, perhaps most popularly, via hormone pellet therapy. With this delivery method, a pellet no larger than a grain of rice is injected into muscle tissue. This pellet is made out of pure bioidentical hormones and dissolves gradually for several weeks. This method is popular because it calls for far fewer treatments over the course of a year. BHRT and BHRT via hormone pellet therapy are shown to be one of the safer and more effective than HRT in treating hot flashes in men. Don’t wait on finding symptom relief for hot flashes. Request more information about BHRT for Hot Flashes today! Call (484) 207-5709 or contact Dr. Valerie Sorge online.
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