When making any decision, particularly one involving a medical treatment or procedure, it is always best to weigh the “pros and cons.” It is no different with growth hormone therapy. When you take the time to look at the pros versus the cons of HGH replacement, you will find that for most people, the pros outweigh the cons.
Before we discuss the relative pros vs cons of growth hormone therapy, let’s understand a little bit about human growth hormone, or HGH. HGH is a hormone. Like all hormones, it is a chemical messenger that controls, regulates, or stimulates bodily processes. HGH is primarily responsible for all the processes related to cellular growth and metabolism.
As such, it is HGH that triggers the many biological events that trigger the transition from childhood to adult. As you might imagine, that means when we are young our HGH levels are very high. Have you ever watched children play, and say to yourself, “why can’t someone find a way to bottle some of that energy?” Someone has, and it’s called HGH replacement therapy!
HGH levels are at their peak when we are young, and then start a steady decline in our late 20s, and early 30s. That decline accounts for most if not all of the troubling symptoms we think of as growing old, such as:
Tiredness and fatigue
Mood swings, irritability and cognitive issues
A lack of strength and vitality
Decline in the ability to build muscle
Sexual wellness issues
Growth hormone therapy is a way to return your growth hormone levels to what they were when they were at their highest, and you looked and felt your best.
What Are the Pros of Growth Hormone Therapy?
There are so many well documented benefits or “pros,” of growth hormone replacement therapy. One way to make sure that you receive the maximum benefit of growth hormone replacement therapy, is to be sure you work with a facility that only uses high-quality bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are more readily absorbed and better tolerated than synthetic hormone injections that your body may perceive as a foreign invader. The positive effects of bioidentical growth hormone therapy include:
Loss of belly fat
Increase energy and vitality
Increased ability to build lean muscle
Improved libido and sexual performance
Improved cognition and memory
Return to more regulated sleep
Healthier skin and reduced appearance of lines and wrinkles
Stronger, healthier hair
We also ensure that your experience with growth hormone remains mostly positive by using only well-known name brands of prescription growth hormone, from licensed US based pharmaceutical companies such as:
Humatrope by Eli Lilly
Genotropin by Pfizer
Norditropin by Novo Nordisk
Saizen by EMD Serono
Omnitrope by Sandoz
Are There Any Cons to Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy
We would be lying if wesaid there were no cons to growth hormone therapy. When weighing the pros vs the cons of HGH replacement, the two main cons to consider are cost and possible side effects. Let’s look at each.
A prescription for growth hormone therapy could be expensive. A typical course of growth hormone therapy could be anywhere from $600 to $1500 or more per month. That may sound like a lot of money, but when you weigh the cost of growth hormone therapy, against the cost to your health and quality of life of not having growth hormone therapy, usually you will see that the cost is justified by the results. Also, there are ways that you can work with your practitioner to try to keep the cost of your growth hormone therapy as affordable as possible for you.
As to side effects, like any drug or medical procedure, HGH does have some potential side effects. A lot of emphasis needs to be placed on that word “possible.” All drugs, even over the counter medications, can have possible side effects. HGH is approved for prescription therapy by the FDA. Once the FDA approves a drug that means it has determined that its use as indicated is “generally recognized as safe.” However, this is also why, any FDA approved drug must legally come with a laundry list claiming any and all possible side effects. The inserts you find in any medication, and the long disclaimers in any drug advertisement listing those side effects is mainly there to protect the pharmaceutical company from liability, if you have any side effects, and should not be taken as any kind of indication that you will experience such side effects.
Like any approved drug, HGH is regarded as “generally safe,” by the FDA. However, like all drugs it must legally list any possible side effects. Some of the more general side effects that have been reported by growth hormone therapy patients are:
Inflammation at the injection site
Some of the less common side effects of HGH include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Increased insulin resistance
Swelling in the arms and legs (edema)
Joint and muscle pain
For men, enlargement of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
Dry skin and hair
Ear congestion or ear infections
Fluid retentions, “bloating, and weight gain
Some of the infrequent or rare possible side effects of HGH therapy include:
Swelling of extremities
Unusual tiredness or weakness
Skin rash or itching
Nausea and vomiting
This is by no means the entire list, and it is not meant to scare you. In reality most growth hormone replacement patients have a very positive experience and run the course of their growth hormone therapy with little or no side effects.
Pros of HGH Vs Cons
By now, we hope you have come to realize that the many pros of growth hormone therapy far outweigh any possible cons. As you can see the cost of growth hormone therapy can be dealt with, and the risk of side effects are minimal. Weigh that against the pros of:
Increased ability to burn fat and build muscle
Healthier skin and bones
Once you weigh all of the pros and the cons, the decision of whether to take growth hormone therapy or not, should be a pretty easy one to make.
Stick With the Pros!
If you want to make sure to maximize the pros, and minimize the cons related to growth hormone therapy, then you need to stick to the “pros” – as in professionals!
Who you get your growth hormone therapy from, can make a very big difference in your experience being a positive or negative one. At our clinics, we are dedicated to making your patient experience with growth hormone therapy, the very best it can be.
We take the time to get to know each of our growth hormone therapy candidates as individuals. We then tailor your HGH prescription to your unique goals and lifestyle.
Our practitioners not only know the pros of growth hormone therapy, we are well aware of the potential cons, and know how to watch for any side effects, catch them early, and adjust your dosage accordingly.
At our hormone replacement center, we also realize that one of the cons of HRT can be cost. We will work with you to develop the most cost effective growth hormone treatment plan for your needs as well as your budget.