Hormone Therapy Services in El Paso
Valley Medical Clinic works as a non-discriminatory clinic to help provide medical support for all of our community. We have a wide range of hormone therapy services, with a qualified and experienced doctor to guide you through your journey. Give us a call today to learn more about our hormone options.
What is Hormone Therapy?
Hormone therapy covers a wide range of treatments depending on the purpose, age, and gender of the person. For women, this therapy can be used to treat menopause and help balance estrogen and progesterone level. For men, it can adjust testosterone levels. For our transgender community, it can help with the transition process.
Hormone Replacement For Women
Hormone replacement therapy helps replace the estrogen that your body stops producing during menopause. This can help treat symptoms like hot flashes, prevent bone loss, and reduce features for postmenopause.
Hormone Therapy For Men
Therapy is different and is recommended for men with unnaturally low levels of testosterone. Naturally, with age, men’s testosterone levels decrease. With hormone replacement therapy for men, you can feel more energized. If you’ve been feeling tired or weak, then it may be time to undergo hormone services.
Hormone Replacement For Transitioning
Many men and women of the transgender community seek out hormone therapy as part of their transition process. Exogenous testosterone is used to induce virilization to suppress female characteristics. Exogenous estrogen and anti-androgens are used to suppress masculine features.
Benefits of Hormone Therapy
Valley Medical Clinic offers hormone therapy after proper consultation with our doctor. To make sure if this therapy is right for you, we’ll check if you have any preconditions that this therapy may be able to relieve.
There are benefits for each person who looks into hormone services. Depending on the reason you’re undergoing treatment, it can reduce pain or assist with becoming comfortable with your identity.
For women, therapy can relieve harsh symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, and help you sleep better. During menopause, estrogen can ease vaginal symptoms such as discomfort or pain during intercourse caused by dryness, itching, and burning.
For men, it’s best to speak with your doctor. Unless you have been diagnosed with conditions like hypogonadism or prostate cancer, hormone therapy isn’t typically performed. It can lower androgen levels or stop them from fueling prostate cancer cells. It does not cure prostate cancer alone but can help with treatment.
For Those Who Are Transitioning
Hormone therapy is a highly considered route for people to physically change their bodies to fit their gender identity. We offer both feminizing and masculinizing hormones. This can be applied as a pre-surgical procedure or done in a single process. Transitioning can improve your quality of life and help overcome stress about your physical appearance.
What Are the Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance?
Hormone imbalances can bring about severe changes throughout your entire body. If you have too much or too little of certain hormones, you can see and feel the effects. Your symptoms will vary depending on which hormones or glands are out of balance. Generally speaking, there are shared symptoms between men and women, such as:
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Random excessive sweating
- Troubled seeping
- Sensitivity to cold and heat
- Dry skin or rashes
- Blood pressure changes
- Heart Rate changes
- Weak or brittle bones
- Irritability, anxiety, or depression
- Increased thirst
- Migraines and headaches
- Sudden needs to go to the bathroom more or less than before
- Constant bloating
- Decreased sex drive
- Thinning, brittle hair
- Puffiness in face
- Sudden blurred vision
- A bulge growth in the neck or shoulder
- Breast tenderness
What Are Requirements to Start Therapy?
By consulting with your doctor and undergoing various tests and screenings, proper treatment can be applied. If you’re experiencing menopause or prostate cancer, a consultation and tests will be performed to validate hormone therapy. For transitioning, it can take some time to discuss options and ensure that you want to undergo a full transition.
What The Process Looks Like
Depending on your situation, and after consulting with your doctor, we can begin differentiating what treatments are best. Many are medication-based, and only a few require any form of surgical needs.
Who We Offer Hormone Therapy Services To
We offer this after proper consultation with our doctors to ensure that hormone replacement or therapy is the best solution for you. If under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must accompany the patient for therapy, replacement, or transitioning. For more questions reach out to a member of our staff.
What To Know: Risks & Effects
Risks are a heavy factor no matter the gender of the patient who is undergoing hormone therapy. It could increase the chances of heart disease, strokes, blood clots, and breast cancer among patients. This does factor in the age and medical history of the patient undergoing the treatment.
How Long Is The Recovery Period?
Treatment can last up to five years depending on the situation. Since hormone therapy covers so much, it does depend on the individual and their reaction to the medications or surgery if necessary.
Ready To Start Your Journey? Call Us Today For More Information
Our highly trained and experienced staff can help you understand and give you the utmost care during this process. If not already registered in our system, please call (915) 592-8223 to make an appointment and register. All existing patients can also request to make appointments in advance.