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The Most Common Types of Hormones Therapies

Types of Hormones Therapies

You may find the various types of hormone therapy categorized as male or female. That often does a disservice to both men and women whose bodies require similar hormones – just in different amounts.

The most common types of hormone therapy we find prescribed to adults today include:

  • Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
  • Testosterone
  • Progesterone
  • Estrogen

This article explains these different types of hormone replacement therapy and why they are necessary. You will also learn why women and men need an abundant supply of each hormone. It is also vital to ensure that you do not have too much or too little of any one hormone.

Blood analysis is necessary to determine any hormonal imbalance before initiating treatment.

What You Need to Know about Human Growth Hormone Therapy

We list human growth hormone as the first of these types of hormone therapy because it may be the most important.

Human growth hormone is the body’s “master hormone” for all that it supports. HGH is essential for cellular regeneration which it stimulates with help from insulin growth factor 1. IGF-1 is the mediator of the effects of HGH in the body.

HGH levels begin to decline towards the end of the twenties and start of the thirties for most adults. The rate of decrease varies, and lifestyle habits can impact growth hormone levels. Proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise, along with keeping stress at bay can increase HGH secretion.

HGH therapy comes in the form of an injectable administered daily. Many brand and injector style choices help make this treatment affordable to those who need it.

Any adult can suffer from HGH decline. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Premature signs of aging – skin, hair
  • Loss of muscle
  • Decreased bone density
  • Mental decline and memory loss
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunctions
  • Hot flashes (menopausal symptoms)
  • Reduced immune system functions

Untreated HGH deficiency can increase these and other health risks:

  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia

Testosterone Therapy and Who Can Benefit

The next of our different types of hormone therapy is testosterone replacement treatment (TRT).

The human body needs testosterone to support the following functions:

  • Reproduction
  • Muscle and bone support
  • Red blood cell production
  • Metabolism
  • Brain functions
  • Heart health
  • Sexual desire and performance

Although considered one of the leading types of male hormone therapy, testosterone is just as crucial for women. Testosterone levels begin to decline around age 30 for males, but during menopause for females.

Symptoms of Low T are often confused with those of human growth hormone deficiency. That is why blood analysis is essential.

Testosterone is also essential for estrogen levels, as the body converts excess testosterone into estradiol. Too much testosterone conversion can lead to a condition called estrogen dominance that we will discuss further down in this report.

Testosterone replacement has many options for men but is often prescribed as a cream for women. Testosterone cypionate injections are the number one choice for male TRT.

When Men and Women Need Progesterone

The next of our types of hormone therapy to discuss is progesterone.

Often thought of as a female hormone, progesterone is the precursor or source hormone to produce testosterone, estrogen, cortisol, and other vital chemicals. Without enough progesterone, other hormone levels may decline.

Do not confuse progesterone with progestin. Progesterone therapy is bioidentical – structurally the same as naturally secreted progesterone. Progestin is a synthetic chemical. While it carries out many of the same functions, it also brings many potential side effects.

Progesterone therapy has many forms, depending on the purpose of treatment.

Progesterone supports the following:

  • Healthy brain function
  • Bones building
  • Normalizes blood clotting
  • Oxygen levels in cells
  • Fat burning
  • Sex drive
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Natural diuretic
  • Protects against certain cancers
  • Normalizes zinc and copper levels
  • Assists thyroid hormone actions

Progesterone comes as a cream, gel, patch, pill, suppository, or injectable – depending on need.

Estrogen Therapy – Why Too Much May Be Bad

The most common of the types of female hormone therapy is estrogen. This does not, however, make it the best choice. Menopausal women should not use progestin with estrogen but may use natural progesterone.

Estrogen helps maintain bones, decreases urinary infections, helps the heart, and aids in sexual desire. Estrogen is crucial for male health. Both high and low estrogen levels can increase male death rates.

When looking at these types of hormone therapy, once again it is essential to point out balance. Too much estrogen contributes to a condition called estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance occurs when a person has too much estrogen in comparison to progesterone and testosterone levels.

Symptoms of estrogen dominance include:

  • Weight gain
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Bloating
  • Low libido
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Hair loss
  • Foggy thinking
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue

Estrogen blockers are used with testosterone for individuals with Low T who have too much estrogen but not enough testosterone.

How to Know What Hormone Therapy is Best for You

How do you choose from these different types of hormone therapy?

You contact an expert in the field of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

The HRT specialist will run diagnostic blood tests to determine which treatment will help improve your symptoms.

Kingsberg Medical is a national HRT clinic that leads the way in hormone treatments.

Contact us for a free, confidential consultation to assess your health requirements.