Cedar Plains Family Medicine
Medical Clinic located in Hickman, NE
Though only needed in small amounts, any change in hormone levels in your body affects many functions and causes symptoms that can lower your quality of life. Dedicated to helping you feel your best, Dr. Spohn at Cedar Plains Family Medicine in Hickman, Nebraska, offers hormone replacement therapy for men and women to optimize hormone levels. To learn more about hormone replacement therapy and how it may benefit your health, call the office, or request an appointment through the website booking tool.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A
What are hormones?
Hormones are your body’s messaging system. Produced by the glands that make up your endocrine system, your hormones travel through your bloodstream to the various organs and tissues in your body and tell them what to do.
Your hormones are responsible for controlling:
- Body temperature
- Heart rate
- Stress response
Though hormonal changes can occur at any time and affect any hormone in your body, men and women both experience a decrease in production in sex hormones as they get older. This includes testosterone in men and estrogen and progesterone in women.
What are the symptoms of hormone imbalance?
Hormones are powerful chemicals, and any slight change in blood levels leads to a range of symptoms that affects your quality of life. For men and women, changes in sex hormone levels may cause:
- Mood changes
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low libido
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness in women
- Erectile dysfunction in men
A decrease in testosterone and estrogen production also affects bone health and increases your risk of developing osteoporosis.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment available at Cedar Plains Family Medicine that restores hormone balance in men and women. It includes testosterone therapy for men and estrogen or estrogen and progesterone therapy for women.
Hormone replacement therapy comes in a variety of forms, including:
Dr. Spohn works with you to determine the best delivery system for you during your hormone replacement therapy consultation.
Am I a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy?
When you come to the office with concerns about hormone imbalance, Dr. Spohn conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you’re a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy.
During your exam, she asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical history, and family history. She then performs a physical exam and runs a diagnostic test to assess your hormone levels.
If your hormone levels are low, then Dr. Spohn may consider you a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy.
However, hormone replacement therapy may not be recommended if you have a personal medical history of heart disease or blood clots. Women with a personal or family history of breast cancer are also not good candidates for hormone replacement therapy.
Fatigue, irritability, and a low libido may be signs of a hormone imbalance. To see if hormone replacement therapy can help you feel more like your usual self, contact Cedar Plains Family Medicine by calling the office or through the website appointment tool.