Hormone Therapy (ED And Menopause) Specialist

Orem Internal Medicine

Jeffrey G Ogden, M.D.

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Preventive Medicine Specialist located in Orem, UT

As both men and women age, the number of hormones their bodies produce decreases. However, the body needs hormones to function correctly. Hormone therapy can help reduce the instances of illness and poor functionality, especially for older people. Dr. Jeffrey Ogden at Orem Internal Medicine in Orem, Utah, can help you with your hormonal replacement needs.

Hormone Therapy (ED and Menopause) Q & A

by Jeffrey G Ogden, M.D.

What is hormone therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy may be required in people whose bodies are not producing adequate levels naturally.  This happens in women going through menopause, usually around age 50, or at the time of surgical hysterectomy.  Men, too, experience reductions in hormones though not with the regularity that women experience.

Symptoms associated with low hormone states include:

  • Decreased sexual performance and/or libido
  • Vaginal dryness or painful intercourse
  • Urinary frequency or incontinence
  • Dryness or thinning of the skin
  • Hair loss including reduced pubic hair
  • Sleep pattern disruption
  • Emotional changes / Mood swings

Dr. Ogden will determine with you which hormonal therapy product might be right for you based on your age, overall health, and the problems or illnesses you are looking to combat.

How can hormone therapy help men?

Testosterone levels in men tend to peak during adolescence and early adulthood. As you age further, your testosterone level decreases. Some reductions in total testosterone are brought about by obesity.  Dr. Ogden may recommend testosterone replacement therapy, which may improve:

  • Energy
  • Mood / Sense of well-being
  • Bone density
  • Libido / Sexual performance
  • Muscle mass and weight

Testosterone hormone supplementation is inadvisable for men who have normal testosterone levels for their age and body mass. That's because it can lead to prostate enlargement, subsequent urinary symptoms, or increase the risk of prostate cancer.

How can hormone therapy help women?

Estrogen levels decrease substantially during and after menopause. Lack of estrogen or fluctuations in the pituitary hormones that encourage normal menstrual cycling (FSH & LH) can cause an array of symptoms including:

  • Feelings of warmth and periods of sweating and heat (hot flashes)
  • Vaginal symptoms, including itching, burning, and dryness
  • Decreased libido
  • Painful intercourse
  • Difficulty with urination or incontinence

Estrogen hormone therapy is not recommended in women who have a personal or family history of breast or endometrial cancer.

If you are interested in learning more about hormone therapy, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Jeffrey Ogden at Orem Internal Medicine in Orem, Utah.