Most people expect certain changes to occur as they age. Waking up feeling a bit stiffer after an unusually strenuous workout or noticing a slight dip in libido, for example, are common age-related changes for both men and women. But some people notice more significant symptoms as they age, which could be related to hormonal imbalances. If you’re experiencing symptoms, you may be asking at what age you can start hormone replacement therapy.
You’re probably not surprised to learn that there is no specific age when you can start HRT. However, you can maximize its effectiveness and minimize risks by strategically considering the timing of your treatment. Treating symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances, such as low testosterone (low T) in men, can significantly enhance the quality of your life.
For some patients, hormonal changes occur earlier than expected, while others notice signs of menopause or andropause as they enter middle age. In either case, hormone replacement therapy can be a fantastic solution for restoring normal hormone levels and regaining control of your life.
Am I Too Young for Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Even though many of the women and men we treat with hormone replacement therapy begin experiencing symptoms in their 50s, hormone levels typically begin decreasing much earlier. Some women, for example, go through a phase called perimenopause for as many as 10 years before actually reaching menopause. Perimenopause symptoms may include irregular periods, mood swings, sleeplessness, increased anxiety, and hot flashes—all of which can be treated with HRT.
For men, testosterone levels usually begin to drop gradually starting around age 30. Even though it often takes years to notice symptoms of low T, the decrease in testosterone levels may be steep enough for men in their 30s or early 40s that they lead to unwanted symptoms. For these patients, starting hormone replacement therapy at a relatively young age can help “get ahead” of worsening symptoms before they become more severe.
Can You Be Too Old for Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Some men and women believe they may be too old to start hormone replacement therapy. Women who are 60 or older can still benefit from HRT, but they should carefully consider their options and discuss their symptoms with their doctor before making a decision. Likewise, men in their 60s and 70s whose low testosterone levels are greatly reducing the quality of their lives can benefit from testosterone replacement therapy under the guidance of an experienced hormone specialist.
A customized HRT treatment plan that’s medically monitored provides significant benefits for both men and women of all ages if warranted. No matter your stage of life, deciding whether and when to start HRT is a serious decision—and it’s not one you have to make alone. If you want to learn if you’re ready for HRT at our Baton Rouge, Metairie, or Slidell locations, request a consultation using the online form or call (225) 960-1580 (Baton Rouge), (504) 252-9579 (Metairie) or (985) 520-6670 (Slidell) to schedule an appointment.