Hormone Therapy for Women
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
Most Common Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women Include:
- Tiredness/Fatigue/Lack of motivation
- Mood swings
- Tension, anxiety
- Sleep disturbances (Insomnia)
- Decreased libido
- Decreased mental clarity (fog)
- Memory loss
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased muscle mass
- Weight gain (Increased belly fat)
- Joint pain
- Memory loss
- Hot Flashes/Night sweats
- Migraine/Menstrual headaches
Pellet Therapy for Women
What is BHRT?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an effective treatment using hormones that are identical to the hormones naturally made by your body. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is transforming the lives of women as they enter the later stages of life. It provides an alternative to hormones that are synthetic, such as injectable testosterone, or hormones concentrated from horse urine (Premarin). Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is made by compounding pharmacists in customized dosages based on the individual needs of the patient as opposed to the narrow choices available with mass-produced, or “one size fits all” hormone therapies.
What are BHRT Pellets?
HTCA Pellet Therapy uses bioidentical hormone pellets. These Pellets are small, and cylinder shaped, made by compounding pharmacists in customized dosages based on the individual needs of the patient as opposed to the narrow choices available with mass-produced, or “one size fits all” hormone therapies. Pellet Therapy delivers a constant level of hormones throughout the day preventing rollercoaster-like effects from alternative hormones. The pellets HTCA uses contains Bioidentical hormones, which are derived from natural sources. The pellets contain hormones the exact hormones that are found naturally in the human body. Studies have shown that Bioidentical hormones have fewer side effects than synthetic hormones.
Pellet Insertion Process
The implantation of hormone pellets is a simple and relatively painless procedure performed under local anesthesia to “numb” the skin. The BHRT pellets are inserted in the upper buttocks by an experienced healthcare provider, through a small incision. Your healthcare provider will determine the correct dosage of hormones that will be used, as evident by results from a blood test.
Where can I get BHRT Pellets?
Finding an HTCA provider is simple! Search HTCA’s Find a Provider to locate the closest BHRT provider near you and schedule an appointment.
Benefits of Pellet Therapy for Women
Bioidentical Pellet Therapy offers many benefits to Women over traditional Hormone Replacement Therapies. Bioidentical Pellet Therapy uses hormones that are bioidentical, this means the hormones are the exact same molecular structure as the naturally occurring human hormones. Bioidentical hormones are found in nature and are derived from plants. This implies that Bioidentical Pellet Therapy in women uses hormones that are more natural and often result in fewer negative side effects than those often prescribed by conventional physicians. In addition, bioidentical pellet therapy offers a convivence benefit for women as the pellets remain in the body and release a steady state of hormones that the body requires. In comparison other hormone replacement therapy options such as oral, cream and gels that can be inconsistent in their delivery resulting in a rollercoaster effect in many Women.
Benefits of BHRT in female patients:
- Increased energy
- Enhanced sexual libido
- Improved mental clarity
- Reduced body fat
- Decreased depression/anxiety
- Healthy sense of well-being
- Better sleep
- Fewer night sweats/hot flashes
BHRT also protects your patients from age related conditions such as:
- Heart disease
As defined by The North American Menopause Society, Menopause is a normal, natural event associated with decreased ovarian function that results in lower levels of ovarian hormones. Other terms such as pre-menopause, peri- and post menopause describe various time periods that take place before, after, and around this natural hormonal event.
Pre-menopause is a syndrome, or a collection of symptoms experienced by women 10 to 20 years before the onset of menopause. Unlike perimenopause, which is typically experienced one to two years before, during, and after menstruation ends, pre-menopause can begin as early as the mid-thirties. A woman is pre-menopausal if she is still having menstrual cycles with monthly periods but are noticeably irregular in timing. During this time, the levels of reproductive hormones are becoming more variable and lower, and the effects of hormone withdrawal are present. Although one woman’s journey may be very different from another, many pre-menopausal women experience symptoms that indicate the onset of hormone deficiency, such as headaches, joint pain, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, decreased libido, and breast pain. Declining estrogen levels contribute to menstrual cycle irregularity. For instance, some women may experience heavier menstrual periods than usual while others may experience lighter periods than they are used to.
During perimenopause, symptoms that occurred during the pre-menopausal phase become more noticeable and may increase in intensity or duration. The length of time between periods typically increases, as do other symptoms including hot flashes and sleep problems.
If you suspect you are approaching menopause, contact us to request an appointment with one of our highly qualified physicians trained in BHRT for a complete medical examination and evaluation of your symptoms. Whereas some clinicians recommend saliva testing to measure hormone levels, this method is not always reliable and is not a recommended method to evaluate or treat menopausal symptoms. When determining a benefit from BHRT, blood sampling along with a complete evaluation of menopausal symptoms, is the most accurate and efficient method for measuring hormone levels.
The main action of progesterone is to prepare a woman’s uterus for pregnancy, as well as aid in the protection of the inner uterine lining (endometrium). During the pre-and perimenopausal phases, progesterone levels will often decline while estrogen levels may remain stable or even increase. In fact, many of the early symptom’s women experience are due to progesterone levels that are too low compared to their levels of estrogen. Decreased levels of progesterone may cause breast swelling and tenderness, mood swings, and weight gain.
A hormone called Estrogen regulates a woman’s menstrual period and ability to conceive. Estrogen also plays a part in controlling other body functions, including bone density and skin temperature. Often the last hormone to decline, Estrogen is traditionally the hormone associated with menopausal symptoms. As a woman approaches menopause, the ovaries slow their production of estrogen. Although the body still produces some estrogen even after menopause, the overall effect is a dramatic drop in the amount circulating in the body. Most women experience anywhere from a 30-60% drop in estrogen during menopause. Decreased levels of estrogen can produce the most well-known symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes which can cause redness or flushing of the face and neck, sweating and a rapid heart rate.
Not all symptoms of menopause are due to a decline in estrogen and progesterone alone. Declining testosterone levels can also occur well before the last menstrual period. While the symptoms of low testosterone can be more subtle than those of progesterone and estrogen, for some women they can be significant. Lower levels of testosterone can cause sleep disturbances, decreased libido or sex drive, mood swings, mental confusion, and depression. Physical changes may include reduced muscle mass, weakening of the bones, and weight gain. If left untreated, these hormone deficiencies may lead to more severe medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.