From mood to energy to sex drive, your hormones are the driving force behind many vital body functions. A hormone imbalance can lead to symptoms that affect your quality of life. Experienced nurse practitioner, Laura Moncada, FNP-C, at Copper Valley Primary Care in Tucson, Arizona, offers hormone replacement therapy to restore hormone balance, alleviate your symptoms, and improve health. Call the office or book an appointment online to schedule an evaluation.
Your hormones are chemicals made by the glands that make up your endocrine system. These chemicals serve as your body’s messaging system, directing the functions of many important body systems and are responsible for controlling:
When your hormones are in balance, your body functions as it should. However, changes in hormone levels can occur at any time and lead to health problems and symptoms that interfere with your daily life.
While hormone imbalance can occur at any time and affect any hormone in your body, both men and women experience a decrease in their sex hormones, including testosterone and estrogen, as they get older.
The symptoms you experience with changes in your hormone levels may depend on which hormones are out of balance. A decrease in sex hormones causes similar symptoms in men and women, including:
These hormonal changes also increase your risk of osteoporosis (weakened bones) and heart disease.
Ms. Moncada determines if you would benefit from hormone replacement therapy after a comprehensive examination.
During your examination, she reviews your health concerns and symptoms, as well as your medical history. She also conducts a physical exam and diagnostic tests to further evaluate your health.
If she suspects your hormones are responsible for your health issues and symptoms, she may recommend a special test to assess your hormone levels.
If your hormones are out of balance, she devises a personalized hormone replacement plan to optimize your levels and alleviate your symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapy is safe when given in the right doses for the right period of time. Ms. Moncada is an experienced nurse practitioner who can determine the correct dose and time frame of treatment based on your specific health needs.
However, hormone replacement therapy may not be the best choice for everyone. If you have a history of heart disease, breast cancer, or blood clots, Ms. Moncada may recommend alternative therapies to improve your symptoms and health.
To learn more about hormone replacement therapy and how it may benefit your health, call Copper Valley Primary Care or request an appointment online today.