As women age their bodies change and hormone fluctuations or depletion can lead to a myriad of symptoms from mildly annoying to seriously debilitation. Years before menopause, as early as the thirties and forties, many women suffer from low our absent levels of testosterone. Often felt to be a hormone that only men have or need, in reality, testosterone is a vital hormone for women as well. Low levels may cause a decrease in energy, poor muscle tone and strength, increase in body fat, brain fog, depression, and low libido. Leading up to and during Menopause, the ovaries begin to produce lower levels of a number of natural hormones, which cause a variety of changes in a woman’s body. Fluctuations in the hormones estrogen, testosterone and progesterone are associated with irregular and/or heavy periods, vaginal dryness, fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, anxiety, depression, increased body fat, hot flashes, weight changes, night sweats, mood swings, decreased exercise tolerance, loss of libido, brain fog and headaches. These symptoms often occur before, during and after the transition into Menopause.
Menopause is the end of the female reproductive cycle and is commonly diagnosed when a woman has not had her period for 12 months. The average age for the onset of Menopause is 51 but can happen as early as the late 30’s. Surgical removal of the ovaries and other medical conditions and treatments can also induce early Menopause. The precise method of determining if a woman is in Menopause is to measure the amount of follicle stimulating hormone levels in the blood.
Women commonly have a low risk for cardiovascular disease until Menopause, around age 50, when their estrogen levels plummet and the ratio of estradiol to estrone goes haywire. Menopause and estrogen imbalance are also associated with osteoporosis, breast cancer, cognitive decline, severity of Parkinson’s symptoms, loss of libido, chronic fatigue, insomnia, a shorter life expectancy, and other serious health issues. Research indicates that, besides heart disease and artery protection, estrogen may protect against the cognitive decline of aging and risk of developing Alzheimers, and has linked hormone replacement with a decline in the risk for many serious diseases, including colon cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. New research shows evidence that replacing these deficient hormones in people with traumatic brain injuries may reduce their functional deficits in attention, memory, executive functioning and sleep.
Remaining healthy into old age depends on many things including lifestyle and genetics. It also makes perfect sense to replenish what the body needs. That’s why we supplement vitamins and minerals. It’s also why many women chose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to restore their internal balance. Unfortunately, many physicians focus on simply relieving symptoms with pharmaceutical pills, patches, injections or creams. However, in order to return the body to balance, it needs recognizable hormone substances and a precision delivery method to transport them through the blood stream around the clock. In our opinion, the safest, most effective and convenient method is properly administered bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT) using pellet implants. BHRT can restore the beneficial hormone levels your body needs by using pellet implants that consist of low dose estradiol and testosterone that release slowly for 3 to 6 months, 24/7. After decades of safely treating women (and men) with this method, many patients have experienced the life-changing impacts of pellet implant therapy.
Pellets deliver the right kind of hormones, in individualized amounts that are adjusted as your bodies needs change, using a delivery method that releases a natural amount of hormone as your body requires it. Low dose bio- identical pellets restore hormone levels to normal ranges, while safely and effectively resolving many of the symptoms associated with low estrogen and testosterone levels. Unlike other methods, this is not a one-size-fits-all process. This process eliminates guesswork and allows us to tailor your hormone replacement according to your specific needs.
BHRT with pellet implants is a remarkably simple and hassle-free therapy that can return you to the balance and vitality of healthy hormone levels. It can give you back your life – naturally.
Dr. Lawrence Hutchison
Statera Medical Director