Hormone imbalances as we age can contribute to many different symptoms, but menopause doesn’t have to feel like a burden. Menopausal symptoms can begin up to 15 years prior to menopause and some women never “get through” the symptoms of menopause. These symptoms can easily be managed by optimizing hormone levels. Optimized hormones not only provide symptom relief, but are also protective against many diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, alzheimer’s disease, etc.
Some symptoms of hormonal imbalances in women include:
Tension and Irritability
Anxiety and/or Depression
Poor sleep including difficulty falling and staying asleep
Brain Fog and/or lack of focus
Urinary incontinence and/or increased urgency
Migraines or headaches
Decreased sex drive and performance
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy causes women to rediscover their zest for life. When optimal hormone levels are achieved using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, patients experience many benefits. These include:
Increased energy and vitality
Improved feeling of overall well-being
Anxiety and depression relief
Improved cognition, memory and focus—Goodbye brain fog!
Increased bone strength and bone mass
Increased muscle strength and muscle mass
Improved exercise endurance
Resolved hot flashes and/or night sweats
Protection to the breasts, brain and heart
Improved libido and sexual performance
Many studies show that testosterone and estradiol are protective against many chronic diseases when at the proper levels. In addition, low hormone levels are associated with an overall increased risk of mortality due to a rise in these conditions. Through the use of bioidentical hormone pellets, we are able to get hormone levels back to the levels that are protective to the heart, bones, breasts and brain.
Not only does hormone replacement therapy help relieve many symptoms associated with poor cognitive function, it is also very important in protecting the brain against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Studies show that women are 8 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men. This number cuts in half for women who are taking estrogen.
Studies show that heart disease in women becomes much more prevalent after menopause than before menopause. Estrogen and testosterone replacement with pellets helps to improve lipids by lowering triglycerides and LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and elevating HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol). They also plays an important role in improving insulin resistance, thus decreasing the risk of Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Because of their effects on body fat and muscle mass, hormone replacement therapy also helps to prevent against metabolic diseases.
Contrary to belief, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy does not cause an increased risk of breast cancer, especially when hormones are balanced properly. Testosterone is protective to the breasts in that it prevents the stimulation of breast tissue, thus lowering the risk of breast cancer. Thus, all of our patients are balanced properly utilizing both estradiol and testosterone.
One of the biggest concerns our patients have are from fear that hormones cause breast cancer. Studies show that testosterone and estradiol pellets do not increase the risk of breast cancer even in breast cancer survivors. For patients who have been previously diagnosed with hormone sensitive breast cancer, we can still offer dramatic symptom relief with bioidentical pellet therapy by utilizing testosterone pellets.
Testosterone is known as the great bone BUILDER. Testosterone optimization therapy via hormone pellets is the most optimal way to increase bone resorption with an average of 8.3% bone production per year. We have many patients who have had bone scans that once showed bone loss normalize due to pellet therapy. Many of our patients also supplement with ADK, which contains Vitamin D, Vitamin K, and Vitamin A, causing optimal Vitamin D levels and enhanced absorption.
Have further questions or think that you might be a good candidate for hormone pellets? Call our office to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced providers!