Hormone Therapy Specialist

Virtue Medical

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Lee’s Summit, MO

Hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone control many of your bodily functions, including menstruation, sex drive, muscle building, and more. At Virtue Medical in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Chad Sharky, DO and his team provide hormone therapy for members of the clinic to alleviate symptoms like low libido, mood swings, and fatigue. To learn more about hormone therapy and find out if you’re a good candidate, book a consultation by phone or online at Virtue Medical today.

Hormone Therapy Q & A

What is hormone therapy?

Hormone therapy is a treatment for various forms of hormone imbalance that often occur as a natural part of aging. Throughout this treatment, the team at Virtue Medical monitors you to make sure you take the correct doses for the shortest possible amount of time to compromise your symptoms. 

The main purpose for hormone therapy is to curb the effects of menopause. As your menstrual cycle stops permanently, your body stops making estrogen. Depending on your needs as an individual, you might need to take estrogen and progesterone for your hormone therapy or just estrogen.

Men who need hormone therapy take testosterone, which is the male sex hormone, instead of estrogen and progesterone. Hormone therapy with testosterone is a treatment for low testosterone, which can be the result of aging. 

How can I tell if I need hormone therapy?

Having a hormone imbalance or deficiency results in varied symptoms from person-to-person. In women, menopausal symptoms that could indicate your need for hormone therapy include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Low libido
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Cholesterol fluctuations
  • Loss of bone density

Hormone therapy can reduce symptoms like these and your chances of getting osteoporosis and resulting bone fractures. 

For men, low testosterone can cause many similar symptoms to menopause along with a few others. They include:

  • Low libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Memory and concentration problems

Hormone therapy with testosterone can provide significant improvement for symptoms like these and can help prevent gynecomastia, infertility, and other health complications from low testosterone. 

How will I take my hormones during hormone therapy?

There are several ways to take hormones while undergoing hormone therapy at Virtue Medical. Your provider discusses each mode of hormone therapy with you and helps you choose the one that best coincides with your lifestyle or personal preferences. You may be able to take your hormones in the form of:

  • Under-the-skin pellets
  • Pills
  • Skin patches
  • Topical gels or creams

To avoid potential negative effects of hormone therapy, you’ll need to take as few hormones as possible and for the shortest amount of time that the treatment will be effective. The team monitors you closely for unwanted side effects. As a member, some of your appointments can take place from the comfort of your home with telemedicine or home visits.

A hormone imbalance can disrupt your sleep and negatively affect certain relationships in your life. To find out if you’re a candidate for hormone therapy, request an appointment by phone or online at Virtue Medical today.