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Hormones are an important part of the human body, which is why people who lack the appropriate hormones within their bodies feel a variety of unpleasant symptoms.
Hormone deficiencies affect over 55 million men and women in the United States. This can be caused by menopause, andropause, irregular hormone imbalance, the removal of the ovaries and more. The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to test what hormones you are lacking, address your symptoms and restore the hormones that your body needs.
Conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) consists of standard doses of synthetic hormones without considering each person's individual hormonal profile. This is not the best way to go about providing HRT because every individual is unique in what hormones they may be lacking. This is why therapy should be adjusted to your clinical and laboratory results. HRT is not a one size fits all therapy. The patient's progress is reviewed periodically and adjustments may be made in cases of stress, weight loss or gain or as hormone levels shift.
Women may become deficient in testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. Menopausal symptoms can begin in women in their 40's, but can also be used to treat a variety of conditions that women of all ages may experience.
Men go through a process called andropause, which happens when their body reduces the production of androgens such as DHEA and testosterone. Andropause can occur in males age 30 and up.