Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
As we age, many things about our bodies change. One of the things that changes, is our hormones. Hormones help to determine how tall you grow and how you handle stress and, of course, they also regulate the functioning of your sex organs. The normal aging process causes hormone production to decline in everyone, resulting in imbalances that have both physical and psychological effects. The main hormones that regulate a woman’s body are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Any time one or more of these hormones becomes out of balance, a woman starts to experience change.
For women, this hormonal change is broken up into different stages:
Premenopause refers to the time from a woman’s first regular menstrual to her last regular menstrual cycle This is the period of “normal” reproductive function for a woman.
Perimenopause is the next stage. This refers to the “transitional” stage, which varies from 2 to about 10 years, prior to complete cessation of menstruation. This is usually experienced by women 35 to 50 years of age. During this stage a woman can experience major hormone fluctuations which can cause typical symptoms, such as hot flashes.
Menopause is the third stage and marks the natural end of a woman’s reproductive cycle. It is at this point that the body’s ability to produce estrogen and progesterone naturally, decreases substantially. The ovaries stop producing eggs and a woman is no longer able to become pregnant naturally.
Postmenopause is the period of life after menopause. This phase is generally believed to begin after 12 full months have passed since the last menstrual period.
As a woman passes through each of these four stages, she will go through many physical and psychological changes as her own body’s ability to maintain proper hormonal balance diminishes.
Hormone Pellet Implants
Hormone pellet implants of bio identical estradiol and testosterone are an excellent therapy for symptoms of low estrogen and testosterone in women. It consists of painlessly placing small pellets, the size of a grain of rice or a BB, of bio identical hormones (estradiol and testosterone) under the skin of the hip (side of the buttocks). The procedure is done right in the office, and only takes a few minutes.
This is what it is all about! The results vary depending on the individual, but some patients say they can feel a difference within 2 weeks others may take up to 3 weeks. Patients notice that they have more energy, sleep better, feel happier, and an overall gain in wellness. Muscle mass and bone density will increase while your fatty tissue decreases. Patients have noticed and increase in strength, cognitive function, sexual desire, and improve stamina. Our provider will be sure to go over all of the wonderful benefits of bring your hormone levels back up to a normal range. There are various reasons why pellet therapy is the optimal choice for hormone replacement, most importantly because itis the only method of hormone delivery this is able to deliver consistent, healthly levels of hormone.* Pellets allow you to avoid the fluctuations and the ups and downs that are seen with every other method of delivery, because the body is able to draw from the hormone when it is needed.
*DISCLAIMER: RESULTS MAY VARY PER PATIENT
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