Mood swings and depression are commonly associated with menopause, pregnancy, menstruation, and andropause — all of which are driven by imbalances or fluctuations in hormones. Being aware of the link between hormone imbalances and mood swings may help you manage and control your symptoms, but sometimes, depression and mood swings can be so overwhelming and difficult to deal that they strongly interfere with your livelihood. Hormone replacement therapy can help you boost and heal your emotional well-being and achieve a healthy hormonal balance.
What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment that increases your hormone levels so you can benefit from improved mood regulation, sleep regulation, and better overall health. The sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone naturally start declining around the age of 25 to cause symptoms including low metabolism, hair loss, brain fog, mood swings, and depression, among many more. Hormone replacement therapy targets sex hormones so you can get back to feeling energetic, motivated, and more youthful.
Hormone therapy is available in the form of conventional therapy and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Conventional therapy uses synthetic hormones derived from horse urine, while BHRT uses plant-based hormones similar to those naturally produced by the human body.
Though conventional hormone therapy has been widely used for many decades, this therapy uses a one-size-fits-all approach that delivers the same dosage of hormones to all patients and that has been associated with side effects including breast cancer and dementia. BHRT is a safe, natural alternative to conventional hormone therapy, and it uses formulations that are customized to each individual patient to deliver the exact amount of hormones needed.
How Does Hormone Therapy Help with Depression and Mood Swings?
Every hormone in the human body plays an important role in a healthy brain and body function. An imbalance in any type of hormone—whether it be the stress hormone cortisol, hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin, thyroid hormone, or sex hormones estrogen and testosterone—can trigger a wide range of symptoms that affect your sleep and metabolism, among many other bodily processes.
Hormones and neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine share common pathways and receptor sites in areas of the brain linked to mood. This is often why fluctuations in hormones can trigger mood swings, anxiety, depression, brain fog, and sleep disorders. Hormone therapy helps regulate your hormones so you can benefit from an improved mood while also warding off depression and anxiety.
What Is the Hormone Therapy Treatment Process?
Healthcare providers who offer BHRT will first meet with you to perform an evaluation and run tests that confirm your current hormone levels. Then, your doctor will develop a unique BHRT formula designed just for you to increase your hormones to normal healthy levels. Over the course of treatment, your hormone levels will be monitored regularly to determine whether your dose requires alteration to help you achieve and maintain a healthy hormonal balance.
Your unique BHRT formula may contain one or a combination of the following hormones to improve your mood and ward off depression:
- Human growth hormone (HGH)
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
Hormone Replacement Therapy in Scottsdale
Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center in Scottsdale offers BHRT for women and men. Our treatment protocol involves a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms and medical history, which allows us to design an individualized treatment program for you based on your hormonal needs. Book an appointment with us online or call us at (480) 306-7766 to learn more about BHRT and our many other wellness services.