You’re tired. You’re irritable. You’re missing the old – or should that be young? – you. You think you might be suffering from hormonal imbalance, but you’re not sure if someone in your age bracket qualifies for hormone treatments. Isn’t that reserved for older people?
Age does play a role in treatments. Some patients have been known to present with symptoms of hormone imbalance at a very young age, while others might only suffer from adverse side effects later in life.
This often includes older men suffering from low testosterone levels, or women in their 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s going through menopause.
What this information makes clear is that while there’s no one-size-fits-all approach – the optimal age varies from person to person, and treatment to treatment – patients young and old receive hormone treatments all the time. At Genesys Medical Institute, for example, we treat people from 16 right through to 92 years of age.
What is the average age for treatment?
The average age of hormone therapy patients differs depending on their specific symptoms and medical needs, but most specialists recommend treatments for women between the ages of 47 and 55 to effectively address common symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, fatigue, and hormonal weight gain.
Some doctors may also advise that therapy be started even earlier to increase the benefits, while also reducing the limited risks involved.
What age should I have mine tested?
Many people find it beneficial to undergo testing while they’re still in their early 20’s or 30’s, even if they’re symptom-free. But why?
Around the age of 22 many of your hormones start to decline naturally, and continue to do so over the course of your life. By recording a baseline hormone level when you’re at your healthiest, your specialist will be able to ensure your hormones stay balanced and within this ideal range when you undergo hormone treatments.
Irrespective of age, hormone therapy remains the foremost treatment for the common symptoms of hormonal imbalance like a loss of drive and energy, increased abdominal fat, and a low sex drive.