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Hormone Replacement

Excellence Medical Centers, LLC

Family Medicine Physician located in Cape Coral, FL

While many people might associate hormonal imbalances with menopausal women, everyone can develop imbalances and benefit from hormone replacement. Christine Mackie, MD, offers personalized hormone replacement therapy at Excellence Medical Centers, LLC in Cape Coral, Florida. If you’re feeling fatigued, have lost your libido, or are struggling with weight gain, call Excellence Medical Centers, LLC or schedule a consultation online to discover whether your hormones are the root cause of your symptoms, followed by the expert treatment you need to restore your health.

Hormone Replacement Q & A

What is hormone replacement?

Hormone replacement is a highly personalized medical treatment that aims to restore your hormonal balance with synthetic hormones. Hormone replacement is available in various forms, including oral pills, creams, gels, skin patches, vaginal inserts, and injections. 

The fluctuations and decline of estrogen and progesterone during perimenopause and menopause are among the principal reasons you might seek hormone replacement therapy. 

However, Dr. Mackie also uses hormone replacement to address low testosterone, thyroid disease, diabetes, and other endocrine disorders. 

What are the signs of a hormone imbalance?

Hormones regulate nearly everything your body does, from your blood pressure and metabolism to your sex drive and skin condition. As a result, your symptoms vary depending on the type of imbalance and could include:

  • Unintended weight changes
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Muscle mass loss and weakness
  • Increased fatigue
  • Libido loss
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Dry skin, hair, and nails
  • Painful or abnormal periods
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Reduced concentration and memory

If you have concerns about your hormone health or any signs of a hormonal imbalance, you should talk to Dr. Mackie and get the necessary testing to diagnose the root cause of your symptoms. 

How is a hormone imbalance diagnosed?

Dr. Mackie diagnoses hormone imbalances with a comprehensive physical exam and blood tests. During your exam, she asks about your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. Dr. Mackie also carefully looks for physical signs of a hormone imbalance. 

Dr. Mackie also orders blood tests to evaluate your hormone levels and check for signs of other diseases that could contribute to your symptoms. 

What should I expect during hormone replacement?

Restoring your hormonal balance requires a careful approach. Dr. Mackie prescribes hormone therapy and carefully monitors your symptoms and hormone levels with several follow-up appointments over the first few months of treatment. 

Dr. Mackie may need to adjust your prescription, depending on your needs. She might also recommend changing your diet, exercise, or sleep routine to enhance your overall health. As you regain your hormone balance and health, you have fewer follow-up appointments. 

Call Excellence Medical Centers, LLC today or make an appointment online if you have any concerns about your hormone health.