Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Jerry W. Morris, DO -  - Preventive Medicine Specialist

The Private Practice

Jerry W. Morris, DO

Preventive Medicine Specialist located in Southlake, TX

As you age, you’re at greater risk for cardiovascular disease, weight gain, and a myriad of other health problems. Hormone replacement therapy greatly reduces this risk in both men and women. At The Private Practice, located in Southlake, Texas, Jerry W. Morris, DO, is highly-skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to hormone optimization and finding the right therapy for each individuals’ needs.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone therapy helps restore natural hormone balance for both men and women. Resolving hormone imbalances helps improve:

  • Cardiovascular health

  • Menopausal symptoms -- such as hot flashes

  • Sexual function

  • Chronic headaches

  • Depression

Hormone therapy can also improve your body functions and help you maintain muscle mass. You may experience increased energy, increased libido, improved sleep and reduced feelings of depression, too.

Why might I need hormone replacement therapy?

Your hormone levels increase during adolescence and reach their peak in your 20s and 30s. Around your mid-30s, your hormone levels naturally begin to decline and stay at lower levels for the rest of your life. Lower hormone levels make you feel not quite like yourself:

  • Your energy is off

  • Your health diminishes

  • You gain weight more easily

  • You lose your sexual desire

Dr. Morris can help evaluate your symptoms and determine if you’d benefit from hormone replacement therapy.

Is hormone replacement therapy just for women?

No, men benefit from hormone replacement, too. As a man, you receive testosterone to bring diminished levels up to normal and reduce your risk of:

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Early death

As you age, testosterone levels naturally decrease. About 18% of men are at an abnormally low level associated with:

  • High cholesterol readings

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart disease

  • Stroke

  • Type 2 diabetes

Low testosterone can affect your energy levels, ability to lose weight, and sex drive.

What hormone therapies benefit women?

As women enter menopause -- when menstruation stops completely -- shifts in hormones affect their mood, weight, sex drive, and energy.

As a menopausal or perimenopausal woman, you may experience:

  • Hot flashes

  • Night sweats

  • Poor concentration

  • Vaginal dryness

Hormone replacement therapy helps ease these symptoms, and, as a bonus, also potentially protects against osteoporosis. The therapy replaces the estrogen and progesterone that your body no longer makes.

How are hormones administered?

Treatment is done for most with oral capsules first, and with testosterone as a cream. Men and women both may also receive hormone replacement through injections, a patch, or “pellets” that are implanted just under the skin, which, though less effective and safe, are still acceptable to patients and preferred by some patients. After discussing the risks versus the benefits of each method, you decide what you prefer from these options.