Women have long been taught to put up with the symptoms of PMS, menopause and menstruation — just aspects of being a woman we have to deal with. But with natural hormone replacement therapy, you no longer have to accept the hormonal imbalances accompanying menopause and the damaging side effects as your new reality.
Menopause is a process that occurs naturally when women’s ovaries run out of functioning eggs. When a woman is nearing menopause, her remaining eggs become resistant to follicle-stimulating hormone and reduce estrogen production. This drop in estrogen can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, moodiness, irritability and more. Menopause also involves a decrease in ovary production of testosterone. The drop in testosterone can lead to lower sex drive, weight gain and decreased muscle tone.
While many of these symptoms were previously seen as inevitable aspects of aging, we now have options to treat those symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Treatments to beat menopause symptoms
If you’re looking to beat menopause symptoms, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy might be right for you. Hormone replacement therapy, also known as HRT, uses hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone to treat symptoms like hot flashes, lowered sex drive and vaginal dryness. Bioidentical hormone pellet therapy provides a method to replicate your normal hormone levels, releasing bioidentical hormones into your body’s bloodstream. The steady, slow release of hormones from the pellets helps prevent the up and down side effects of other types of hormone therapy, such as pills or transdermal application. Women who use BioTE bioidentical hormone replacement therapy have enjoyed significant reduction in menopause symptoms and improved overall quality of life.
In addition to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, there are other ways to provide relief from menopause symptoms. Lifestyle changes and changes to your environment can go a long way toward mitigating menopause symptoms, especially when conducted in tandem with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly are both key aspects of maintaining your overall health and minimizing menopause symptoms. The healthier you are, the more resilient your body is to menopause symptoms. Aerobic exercise can also serve to combat moodiness or irritability by boosting endorphins. It’s also beneficial to notice certain habits, foods or drinks that trigger hot flashes or other symptoms, such as spicy foods or caffeine. If those are triggers for you, try to limit their intake.
Altering your environment can also be a useful tool in providing relief from menopause symptoms. Installing ceiling fans with remote controls in your bedroom or home office provides you some relief from hot flashes at the touch of a button. Dressing lightly or wearing layers can also assist you in those moments, letting you shed a layer or two if you’re dealing with a hot flash.
As you consider your options for relief from menopause symptoms, the first step is talking to an experienced BioTE bioidentical hormone pellet therapy provider today.
If you’re considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, the first step is talking to an experienced BioTE provider , such as Women’s Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX. They will walk you through the process and determine whether bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
From there, if you decide to pursue bioidentical hormone therapy, you will go through a comprehensive blood work analysis and then have hormone pellets implanted under the skin to consistently release small doses of bioidentical estrogen and/or testosterone to your bloodstream. The implants will stay in place for a maximum of five months, balancing your body’s hormones and working to improve your overall wellbeing.
Step 1: BioTE comprehensive blood work analysis
If you and your BioTE provider determine that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the right course of treatment moving forward, you will first undergo a comprehensive blood work analysis to determine the proper hormone levels to use. Each individual patient receives unique dosing customized to what your body needs to provide optimal treatment.
Step 2: Bioidentical hormone pellet implants
Once the dosing levels are determined, hormone pellets are placed in the fatty tissue under the skin to release small, physiologic doses of bioidentical hormones. Hormone pellets are created by fusing estrogen or testosterone into small cylinders and are one of the most effective ways to deliver hormones in both men and women. The pellets are very small, some smaller than a grain of rice, and can easily be implanted in an office procedure.
Step 3: Consistent release of bioidentical hormones
Once the pellets are implanted, they will release small amounts of bioidentical hormones into your bloodstream over the course of the next three to five months, depending on the determined course of treatment. Unlike other types of hormone therapy, like oral treatment or transdermal methods, the BioTE bioidentical hormone pellet therapy provides sustained therapy without the significant ups and downs of some hormonal therapy. Some oral and transdermal forms of therapy can create a “roller coaster” effect from significant fluctuations in hormone levels, leading to extreme swings in mood and energy. Bioidentical hormone pellets instead release hormones into the bloodstream 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the recommended treatment time. The hormones are chemically identical to those produced by your body, so your body recognizes them and reduces the change of adverse side effects. The pellets are pure hormone without fillers or synthetic ingredients, so by the end of the course of treatment, they completely dissolve.
Step 4: Improved wellbeing and continued treatment
Throughout your treatment and once the initial course of treatment is completed, you will likely begin to notice increased energy levels, enhanced mental clarity, improved ability to lose weight and other positive outcomes associated with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. To continue to benefit from these outcomes and to keep your hormones balanced, women will likely need to use pellets every 3-4 months, while men will likely need to use them every 4-5 months.
If you think BioTE bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is right for you, talk to an experienced BioTE provider today.
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