• Your Hormone Replacement Options and What Option is Best for You

    Once you’ve decided hormone replacement therapy is the best way to treat the symptoms of menopause or other hormone imbalances, it can be difficult to know which type of therapy is right for you. There are a wide range of hormone replacement products available, including pills, pellet therapy, skin patches, vaginal products and topical applications. Additionally you’ll have to determine whether you want to use bioidentical hormones or synthetic hormones. As you consider your options, here is more information on each of the hormone replacement methods available to you.

    Pills

    Oral medication is one of the most common forms of hormone replacement therapy, with pills typically taken once a day. They work to relieve symptoms of menopause and lower the risk of osteoporosis. Like any hormone therapy, there are some potential side effects, such as blood clots, painful and swollen breasts, vaginal discharge, headache and nausea. Pills can also cause fluctuation in hormone levels throughout the day, potentially leading to mood swings or varying energy levels.

    Skin patches

    Skin patches are usually worn on the lower stomach and gradually release hormones into the body. They are changed once or twice a week. Patches can be advantageous over pills because it doesn’t require taking medication every day. It also poses a lower risk of blood clots than oral estrogen does but carries similar other side effects.

    Low-dose vaginal products

    Vaginal hormone replacement treatments include suppositories, creams and rings inserted into the vaginal. These types of treatments are ideal for women dealing with vaginal menopause symptoms, such as dryness, burning, itching or painful intercourse. The dosing depends on the type of treatment used, with rings usually requiring replacement every few months and creams or tablets requiring daily or weekly dosage. These products typically help relieve vaginal menopause symptoms without exposing the entire body to hormones, but they aren’t recommended for dealing with non-vaginal menopause symptoms like hot flashes or night sweats.

    Topical treatments

    Topical hormone replacement treatments typically include creams, gels and sprays. Similar to hormone patches, the hormone is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. They are usually applied once a day and can be safer than oral estrogen for people with liver problems since they are absorbed directly through the skin into the bloodstream. In addition to typical side effects of all hormone treatment, one downside of sprays, creams and gels is that they can wash off or rub off before fully absorbed.

    Pellet therapy

    Hormone pellet therapy offers a sustained and consistent way to treat hormone deficiencies, releasing small amounts of hormone throughout the day, seven days a week, for up to five months. Unlike pills or topical treatments, which can lead to roller coaster testosterone levels and fluctuations in mood and energy, hormone pellets provide a stable hormone increase. To determine the right hormone levels to use, the patient undergoes a comprehensive blood work analysis. The hormone pellets are then implanted under the skin to consistently release small doses of bioidentical estrogen and/or testosterone into the bloodstream. Hormone pellets are an easier option than regular pills or topical treatments, since they simply require an office visit for implantation and dissolve by the end of the treatment period.

    As you consider which hormone replacement therapy option is right for you, talk to an experienced hormone replacement therapy provider today.

  • How Hormone Pellet Therapy Affects Men and Women

    As men and women age, they deal with a wide range of physical changes, like fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle mass and others. Often, these issues are simply viewed as inevitable with age, but hormone pellet therapy provides a safe, natural way to combat those symptoms.

    Having balanced hormones is the key to good health and disease prevention. 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. Instead, you can enjoy feeling your body gradually return to normal.

    How hormone pellet therapy affects women

    Women often benefit greatly from using bioidentical hormone pellet therapy as they go through menopause, perimenopause and postmenopause. For women, both estrogen and testosterone is the key to improving overall health and preventing diseases.

    The loss of estrogen in the body can put women at an increased risk for serious health issues, including osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, premature ovary failure, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and colon cancer. Low estrogen levels can also lead to negative effects on your daily life, such as moodiness, depression, loss of skin elasticity, bone shrinkage and vaginal dryness. Increasing estrogen levels through hormone pellet therapy helps combat these symptoms, improving your overall mood and wellbeing.

    Although estrogen is a woman’s most important hormone, testosterone is also the key in keeping your body in balance. Testosterone deficiency can lead to emotional instability, sleep disturbances, weight gain, mental confusion and poor muscle tone. Low testosterone levels can also impact the musculoskeletal system, leading to muscle or joint pain, osteoporosis or muscle atrophy. Testosterone hormone pellet therapy can help women improve mental clarity, increase sex drive and boost muscle tone and mass.

    How hormone pellet therapy affects men

    It has long been known that women go through significant hormonal changes with menopause, but for men, there is a less well-defined hormonal transition. That doesn’t mean, however, that men don’t go through significant hormonal changes as they age. Studies have shown men begin losing testosterone at a rate of about 3 percent to 10 percent per year after age 30. The decrease in testosterone can lead to fatigue, decreased mental clarity, lower sex drive and difficulty with sexual performance.

    Bioidentical hormone pellet therapy offers a sustained and consistent way to treat testosterone deficiencies, releasing small amounts of testosterone throughout the day. Unlike pills or other hormone treatments, which can lead to roller coaster testosterone levels and fluctuations in mood and energy, hormone pellets provide a stable increase in testosterone. Men who have undergone bioidentical hormone pellet therapy have found an increase in sexual desire, improved mood, more energy, an easier time losing weight and improved sexual function.

    If you think BioTE bioidentical hormone replacement therapy could be right for you, talk to an experienced BioTE provider