Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy is the care and treatment of hormone imbalances that affect women and men of varying ages.

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Harbin Clinic takes a comprehensive and personalized approach to Hormone Replacement Therapy, and our physicians have specialized training in diagnosing and treating each patient’s individual needs. Men and women of varying ages can experience the unpleasant side effects of hormone imbalance. At Harbin Clinic, our physicians evaluate all treatment options to ensure our patients experience the best level of care.

Hormone Replacement Therapy is required when a hormone imbalance exists and when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. These powerful chemicals are produced by glands in the endocrine system and act like messengers in the body, telling organs and tissues what they need to do and how to function. Even a small change in hormone levels can create significant effects throughout the body.

Men and women of all ages can experience the unpleasant side effects of hormone imbalance. At Harbin Clinic, our physicians evaluate all treatment options to ensure our patients experience the best level of care. 

Common symptoms and signs of hormone imbalance: 

  • Hot flashes: As estrogen drops, blood vessels may expand rapidly, causing skin temperatures to rise
  • Decreased fertility
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Aches and pains
  • Sleep disturbances and night sweats
  • Unexplained and long-term fatigue
  • Changes in appearance: Acne, thinning hair, dry skin, weight gain
  • Emotional changes such as mood swings, depression, and irritability
  • Reduced libido (sex drive)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Urinary frequency
  • Changes in blood pressure or heart rate
  • Forgetfulness

Hormone imbalances in men and women

Hormone imbalance in women is often associated with menopause and the inevitable changes a female body goes through. But evidence shows that hormone imbalance affects women as young as their 20s and 30s for a variety of reasons such as chronic or extreme stress, pregnancy and childbirth, puberty, poor nutrition and underactive or overactive thyroid. 

Men, on the other hand, often accept the changes their bodies go through as they age. Sleep patterns, decreased energy levels, and weight gain are often lumped into the “just getting old” category and aren’t given a second thought. Typically developing over a period of time, male hormone imbalance often goes misdiagnosed or ignored. Changes in hormone levels, like testosterone and cortisol, can occur at any age, and a man’s overall health and quality of life is often compromised.

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