As we age, the body’s decreased production of hormones can bring about the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause in women or andropause in men. Symptoms can include hot flashes, increased anxiety, depression, mood swings, vaginal dryness, painful urination, loss of concentration and memory, sleep disturbances, diminished sex drive, painful intercourse, loss of muscle strength and more.

The goal of hormone therapy is to relieve these symptoms and protect the body from other harmful side effects of aging such as osteoporosis and memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.