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Frequently Asked Questions
Is HRT unsafe and unhealthy?

HRT, when used properly, only improves health. Healthy HRT raises gonadal hormone levels up to normal levels. Side-effects occur when levels are either too high or too low.

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Is HRT only for hypogonadism (called peri-menopause in women) and profound hypogonadism (called menopause in women)?

HRT is not just for hypogonadism and profound hypogonadism. HRT or hormone replacement therapy is the term used for all types of hormone replacement. HRT is for thyroid replacement, insulin replacement, cortisol replacement, growth hormone replacement. The expectation for HRT is that it replaces the specified hormone(s) and is therapeutic. Being therapeutic means that it can and should be used for the duration of a person's lifetime or until a person's body can produce the hormone itself.

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What is hypogonadism?

Hypogonadism is an unhealthy medical condition caused by lower than normal levels of the hormones produced by the gonads. The gonads of women are called ovaries and for men they are called testicles. The gonads of women and men produce the same hormones though in different quantities and are controlled by the same brain hormones, FSH and LH.

If hypogonadism is left untreated or poorly treated it will progress to profound hypogonadism. Untreated or poorly treated hypogonadism significantly increases the risks for many serious illnesses such as heart disease, osteoporosis and periodontal disease and diminishes sexual function and sexual drive.

Hypogonadism is diagnosed when 1-2 gonadal hormones are low. Profound hypogonadism is diagnosed when 3 or more gonadal hormones are low.

In women hypogonadism is called peri-menopause.

In women profound hypogonadism is called menopause.

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What are the symptoms of hypogonadism?

Some of the symptoms of hypogonadism are sleep disruption, loss of sexual response, loss of sexual function, loss of pubic hair, underarm hair, thinning head hair, dry skin, dry eyes, dry mouth and altered taste, bad breath, tooth loss, loss of muscle tone, loss of muscle strength., More common symptoms are hot flashes, achy joints and depression.

The symptoms of hypogonadism are the same for women and men.

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