Hormone Replacement Therapy For Menopause Treatment
We’ve all heard of menopause; that dreaded time of life for women when they feel like something or someone else has taken over our bodies. As early as their 30’s, women can experience mood swings, fatigue, mental fog, depression, weight gain, night sweats and low libido. Do any of these sound familiar? Mental fog, decreased mental clarity and difficulty focusing, memory loss, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, extreme fatigue (especially in the afternoon), just to name a few! What about middle age belly fat? Low testosterone increases cortisol and insulin levels, which increases fat and the risk of type 2 diabetes!
Furthermore, for women, countless studies shows testosterone protects the breasts from cancer. Breast cancer tissue can have both estrogen and insulin receptors, bio-identical testosterone has been shown to down-regulate estrogen receptors in the breasts and decrease insulin levels. The more we study this vital hormone, the more we learn it protects the brain, breasts, bones, heart and decreases the risk of a host of age related disease states! This is where hormone replacement therapy comes into play.
VSPOT’s Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy keeps your levels in the optimal range 24/7. That is where we see the long term health benefits stated above. Methods that put your hormones on a roller coaster by taking something every day, or a shot every week, although sometimes better than nothing, don’t give us the benefit of balanced hormones 24 hours a day. Additionally, complete thyroid panels and vitamin D3 levels should be checked as there is a synergy between them all. Again, “normal” reference ranges may not be optimal for you.
Dr. Carolyn DeLucia specializes in women’s sexual health and has studied in depth the Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy and is on the faculty for the American Cosmetic Cellular Medicine Association, American Aesthetic Association and the International Society of Regenerative Medicine.
What are the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women?
There are a variety of symptoms from hormone imbalance in women. Symptoms of hormone imbalance may include:
- Night Sweats
- Hot Flashes
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Weight Gain
- Cold Hands and Feet
- No Libido
If your menstrual cycle has stopped before menopause, or if you are experiencing this or any other symptoms, you may have low estradiol. An increase in UTIs, depression or painful intercourse may also indicate low estradiol in women.
How often will I need pellets?
For women: usually every 3-4 months.
For men: usually every 4-5 months.
Why are pellets better than creams, patches, shots or pills?
They are pure hormone that is not metabolized into by products by going through the liver, stomach or skin. This delivery system allows your body to use the right amount of hormone as the blood flow surrounding the pellets pick up what is needed.
Where do the pellets go?
Because they are pure hormone without fillers or synthetic ingredients, they completely dissolve.
How long will it take for my body to become leaner utilizing pellets?
That depends on your age, activity level and how much you exercise. Testosterone decreases fat and increases muscle and lean body mass. Testosterone also increases your natural growth hormone production, thereby improving your stamina and increasing muscle mass.
Are there any side effects and/or complications?
All side effects are temporary and treatable and occur less than 2% of the time, when pelleted correctly.
How long will it take for the pellets to get into my system and work?
24-72 hours. Optimal effect occurs three weeks after insertion.
I have no libido – will this help?
Good hormone balance through hormone replacement therapy will greatly improve your libido. The addition of testosterone in pellet form can change everything for the better!
Why do I need estrogen?
Estrogen is the most important hormone for a woman. It protects her against heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s. It also keeps us looking young and healthy.
Why do I need testosterone?
Testosterone is the third female hormone and is as essential as estrogen and progesterone. We need testosterone to keep our thought process quick and our libido healthy. It improves bone density, muscle mass, strength and prevents some types of depression. It is also the source of energy and solid sleep and can help with symptoms of menopause!