Anti-Aging/Hormone Replacement Therapy
Anti-Aging/Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist
Women expect to have hot flashes when estrogen levels drop during menopause. Men usually don’t worry about hormonal changes, but testosterone levels naturally decline with age. Men and women both face health problems like osteoporosis as they lose hormones. Dr. Tariq Khan at Orange County Concierge Doctor offers diverse anti-aging treatments, including hormone replacement therapy, to fight the effects of time and lost hormones. Don’t hesitate to call his office in Tustin, California, or schedule an appointment online for help with low hormones.
How does menopause affect your body?
Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing estrogen. Most women reach menopause between their late 40s and early 50s -- the average age is 51 -- but the timing and physical effects are different for each woman.
Menopause symptoms may be mild or severe. The classic symptoms caused by loss of estrogen include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain during intercourse
- Low sex drive
- Mood changes
- Frequent urination
How is estrogen related to aging?
Menopause has far-reaching health implications because estrogen has many roles in virtually every part of your body, from your brain, heart, and liver to your immune system, fat cells, and skeletal muscle. For example, estrogen regulates bone metabolism, prevents loss of collagen in your skin, and maintains elasticity in tissues such as blood vessel walls and the vaginal lining.
Loss of estrogen during menopause accelerates issues associated with aging, which increases your risk of:
- Heart disease
- Bone loss and osteoporosis
- Vaginal atrophy (thinning, drying, inflammation of vaginal walls)
- Dry skin
- Hair loss
- Pigmentation changes
- Urinary incontinence
What are the symptoms of low testosterone in men?
Testosterone levels naturally decline as men age. Hypogonadism can also cause low testosterone, a health condition that occurs when the testicles don’t produce enough testosterone.
Testosterone influences male traits and regulates many tissues throughout your body. When your levels go down, you may experience:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass
- Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)
- Decrease in beard and body hair growth
- Development of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
- Difficulty concentrating
How is low testosterone in men treated?
Treatment for low testosterone consists of hormone replacement. Many men need testosterone therapy, but if you have hypogonadism caused by a problem in the pituitary gland, you may need to replace pituitary hormones.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) offers the most effective treatment for low testosterone and menopause because it brings your hormones back to normal levels. As a result, HRT reverses symptoms in men and women and protects you from several, body-wide health concerns.
If you choose HRT, your treatment is customized to provide the precise amount of hormones you need. Dr. Khan conducts comprehensive blood testing and closely monitors your hormone levels to ensure your safety. HRT is available in different delivery forms for men and women, including injections, a topical patch, gel, and a longer-lasting method, the implantable pellet.
Pellet therapy is a type of HRT in which bioidentical hormones are packed into a pellet about the size of a grain of rice. Dr. Khan injects the pellet under your skin, where it stays for three to four months, continuously releasing hormones. This type of HRT does the best job of maintaining a steady hormone level in your bloodstream.