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Types of Hormone Injections for HRT

Written by Author - Authors Medical experts of the National HRT Clinic - October 24, 2015

It can be extremely frustrating to search for types of hormone injections for HRT online when all that comes up is information about estrogen and progestin for women and testosterone for men. There are numerous types of hormone replacement therapy, and there are different reasons why adults go in search of these treatments, but what it all boils down to is a need to improve how a person feels, looks, and performs in his or her life.

Types of Hormone Injections

The most common hormone injections are testosterone and human growth hormone. HGH injections are available to women and men, but testosterone in the form of an injectable is most often used only for men. Women will typically be prescribed this medication in the form of a cream.

As most women already know, estrogen and progestin are typically prescribed as:

  • Gels and creams
  • Patches
  • Mist sprays
  • Pills and tablets
  • Vaginal rings, creams, or tablets

No individual should ever begin any type of hormone replacement therapy without first having comprehensive blood analysis to determine what type of hormone deficiency is present.

Legal and Illegal Hormone Injections

The first thing to know about hormone injections of any type is that they are only legal when prescribed by a doctor. That does not mean asking the neighborhood dermatologist to prescribe HGH or testosterone injections. An HRT specialist is the person to contact before embarking on any kind of hormone therapy.

It is just as easy to purchase illegal hormone injections as it is to get them legitimately, but the difference it can make in a person’s life is monumental. Illegal injections are provided via companies on the internet that do not require a doctor’s prescription. In this US, this is against the law. The majority of these operations are located in foreign countries – making them immune to our regulations. This also means that the products that they ship could be confiscated en route as illegal substances. It also means that there are no guarantees or safeguards as to what is being shipped is safe to use. Reports of toxic chemicals, dangerous ingredients, bacterial residue, diluted medications, and drug substitutions are rampant.

Legitimate US doctors who specialize in HRT only prescribe top-name brand injectable hormones for use and ensure that they come from licensed and regulated pharmacies in the United States.

What Type of Injections Do You Need

Another reason to purchase any kind of hormone injection legally is to ensure that the right medication is being used for all the right reasons. In many cases, the symptoms associated with one type of hormone deficiency could easily be mistaken for another. That is why blood analysis is used to determine what is needed by the body.

In the case of hormone injections for weight loss, both testosterone and human growth hormone deficiencies could be the cause of an increase in fat retention, especially in the abdominal region. These treatments will be helpful over the long-term for slow and steady weight loss. It is important to note that they are not a quick fix or rapid diet program. Another hormone – HCG – is used as part of a quick weight loss program, and, again, must be supervised by a doctor for safety.

Hormone injections for infertility may include FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) to stimulate egg growth in the ovaries, hMG (human menopausal gonadotropin) that combines FSH with LH (luteinizing hormone – triggers follicle to release egg), hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) to trigger the release of the mature egg from the ovaries, as well as (GnRH agonists or antagonists) for women as recommended by the fertility specialist. Clomid is given to women as a pill to improve ovulation. In all cases of infertility, a specialist in this field is the best option for treatment.

Hormone injections for male infertility may include hCG to prompt the testes to increase sperm count, hMG if hCG has not improved sperm count after six months, rhFSH to stimulate the follicles, GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) if the problem is due to hypothalamic disease, and oral Clomid, as well (although not as effective). Again, an infertility expert is the best option in this situation.

Among the most common reasons why people seek treatment from HRT specialists is to get hormone injections for anti-aging. Hormone therapy will not make a person young again. It will not stop time from passing. What will occur, however, may make it seem as though these things have happened. Restoring balance to crucial levels of testosterone and human growth hormone allows the body to function properly. This helps the way a person looks, feels, and acts.

In order to understand how hormone injections can help you on a personal level, please call National HRT® for a complimentary consultation with a hormone replacement specialist to discuss your own situation in a confidential environment.

Medically reviewed by   Reviewers National HRT Staff - Updated on January 9, 2018

Please note that the information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.