I’m Experiencing Side Effects From Hormone Replacement Therapy, What Should I Do?

At Premier Health and Wellness, we offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to men and women in Austin and the surrounding areas. This treatment is customized based on each patient’s needs to target the specific side effects they are experiencing. Typically, therapy is directed toward symptoms related to growing older.

For the women who visit our office, we often focus on symptoms related to menopause. This could include hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue or weight gain. When we treat mean, we focus on the symptoms they are experiencing due to the male version of menopause, called andropause. These men may experience a lower libido, low energy levels or weight gain.

What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are naturally derived supplements that mimic the function of specific hormones produced by the male or female body. By offering patients a customized dose, we can achieve the most therapeutic results that will work to minimize any negative symptoms they may be experience and increase their overall quality of life as they grow older. Because bioidentical hormones are considered to be natural, the side effects are typically minimal.

However, this does not mean our patients will never experience side effects. Mild to severe side effects should always be discussed with the physician so further steps can be taken to make hormone replacement therapy a more pleasant and effective treatment option.

What Should I Do if I am Experiencing Side Effects?

Although side effects with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are typically mild, at times our patients do respond negatively to the treatment. The most common side effects related to the hormone replacement therapy our office offers include fatigue, initial weight fluctuation, increased growth of facial hair in women, acne or tenderness of the breasts.

If you are experiencing any of the side effects listed above or if you feel poorly after receiving hormone replacement therapy, do not ignore your symptoms. Contact your physician right away to discuss options for reducing the side effects you are experiencing. Typically, the doctor will work closely with you to adjust your dosage, lowering it to reduce side effects or adding supplements to improve your response to the bioidentical hormones prescribed.

The goal or hormone replacement therapy is to improve your quality of life, so never disregard bothersome symptoms or side effects of your treatment. When the doctor is able to find the perfect course of treatment for your body and your lifestyle, you will likely experience increased energy, a normalizing of weight, improved mood, increased libido and better sleep. Additionally, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can reduce your risk of heart disease, improve memory and improve your overall bone health.

If you want to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or if you have questions concerning the side effects associated with your treatment, click here or call 512-459- 4405 to schedule a visit with Dr. Edgerton.