Hormone Replacement Therapy Questions and Answers
Changing hormone levels might not be the first thing on your mind. But as it turns out, your hormones might be affecting your life more than you think. Hormones play a critical role in how you look and feel, and once your levels are thrown off, even life’s most basic tasks can feel like a struggle. Helping YOU achieve YOUR OPTIMAL BALANCE is what we’re all about. Call us for more information or to request an appointment today! We are conveniently located at 701 FM 685, Ste 125 Pflugerville, TX 78660.
Table of Contents:
Who needs hormone replacement therapy?
What are common symptoms of hormone imbalance?
What is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and is it safe?
What is meant by BIOIDENTICAL, and why is it preferred?
What are the basics about hormone replacement therapy using pellets?
Hormone therapy is often considered an appropriate treatment for postmenopausal women due to drops in estrogen and progesterone that cause hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood changes and other undesirable symptoms. However, other hormonal changes in women can occur 10-15 years PRIOR to menopause.
For men, the peak of testosterone levels will naturally occur most likely between ages 18-28 and declines steadily afterwards. This is often referred to as “andropause”, and can be thought of as the male version of menopause.
Decreasing hormone levels over time affects us all. Common findings in women include:
• Vaginal dryness
• Decreased bone mineral density
• Joint pain
• Low stamina
• Weight gain
• Poor memory
• Inability to focus
• Decreased immune function
• Lack of skin elasticity
• Hot flashes
• Night sweats
• Mood swings
• Low libido
For men, common symptoms include:
• Erectile dysfunction
• Decreased sex drive
• Fatigue and lack of energy
• Loss of muscle mass
• Increase in body fat
• Decreased bone mass
• Mood changes
• Sleep disturbances
For men, reaching a balanced hormonal state involves replacing deficiencies of testosterone. There are several modalities available, including topical, sublingual, injection or pellet therapy. Bioidentical hormones are used in replacing estrogen and progesterone in women, as well as testosterone. Popular methods of HRT for women include topical creams, sublingual dissolving tablets, injections and pellets. Bioidentical hormones have a very safe track record, especially when compared to synthetic versions of estrogen and progestins.
Bioidentical hormones are molecule-by-molecule exactly like the hormones made by the human body, while synthetic and non-bioidentical hormones differ in their chemical structure or shape. In order for a hormone to function as a replacement and to function exactly the same, the chemical structure must match the original exactly. The structural differences between human bioidentical and non-bioidentical hormones are responsible for the side effects and health risks that can occur when non-bioidenticals are used.
Many bioidentical hormones are derived from natural plant botanicals and each formula is customized to your unique physiological needs. Dosing is dependent upon symptoms and hormone lab results which are monitored regularly.
Pellets are about the length of a grain of rice, and are placed during a simple, relatively painless office procedure done with localized anesthesia. The pellets are inserted into the fatty tissue under the skin in the upper buttocks through a small skin incision, which is then closed with skin tape. These pellets are compounded to consistently release small and even amounts of hormones in a customized dose and provide your best OPTIMAL BALANCE.
Schedule your consultation appointment today, and put yourself on the road to good health!