Hormone Replacement Therapy
Menopause is often described at the “change” when women stop having their menstrual cycle or “periods”. The average age for menopause is around 50 but the peri-menopausal period may occur several years before and after the absence of a period. It is not uncommon to experience issues with hormonal imbalances in the late 30’s or early 40’s. Symptoms can be variable and multiple, including irritability, hot flashes, irregular menses, mood swings, decrease libido or sex drive, weight gain, depressed mood to name a few. These symptoms can be managed with hormone replacement in appropriate women.
Men also experience a transition in declining hormones particularly testosterone, after the age of 40 testosterone can start to decline a significant rate and in some men “low T” can result in many symptoms, such as, decreased energy, decrease in motivation to complete projects, decrease libido (sex drive), decrease in quality of erections, abdominal weight gain, mood swings, irritability, fatigue are among the most common. Replacement of testosterone can greatly improve symptoms and restore vitality and vigor in men with low testosterone.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement therapy refers to compounds that are chemically identical to the hormones produced in the body. These compounds are derived either by natural plant derivatives or synthetically replicated. Both are Bioidentical. We do not use equine (horse) estrogens or progestins. These are not identical to the hormones in the body and may have unintended responses in the body.
Bioidentical Hormone Pellets are placed under the skin and are specially compounded to release into the body slowly and steadily. On average, hormone pellets are replaced every 3-4 months in women and 5-6 months in men.