Hormone replacement using pellet implants has been used with great success in the US, Europe and Australia since 1939. In fact, they were a very poplular mode of hormone administration in the US until the 1970’s when many oral and topical commerical products were developed.
Hormone pellets are identical to our own hormones and cannot be patented, so they have been ignored by the major pharmaceutical firms. Clinical studies during the past couple decades have proven the superiority of pellet therapy, and the remarkable impact it has had on the men and women who use it, without the side effects of synthetic drugs.
Pellet therapy uses bio-identical, all natural estrogen and testosterone, delivered by tiny rice sized pellets inserted just under the skin in the lower hip area. The pellets are the storehouse of hormones which the body can access as needed. Pellets deliver a consistent level of hormone and outperforms oral, patch and cream prescriptions with fewer side effects.
In recent years, use of hormone therapy for men and women has changed dramatically. What used to be a “go to” treatment plan to prevent medical conditions; such as heart disease and dementia, and manage symptoms of menopause like hot flashes is now used strategically by doctors and their patients. As with any medication or treatment plan, determining if hormone therapy will work for a specific person is a decision that can only be made by the patient and their doctor.
For women, hormone replacement therapy is believed to have several benefits, including helping to ease symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness and discomfort caused by loss of estrogen. It is also believed to help prevent osteoporosis. While there are risks to hormone replacement therapy, patients and their physicians may determine that the potential benefits outweigh the possible risks if the patient is otherwise healthy, but is experiencing moderate to severe menopausal symptoms, has lost bone mass, is unable to tolerate other treatments, or is experiencing menopause or underwent a hysterectomy before the age of 40.
Hormone replacement therapy is an especially important consideration for female patients who experience early menopause and have had their ovaries removed as they have a higher risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, Parkinsonism, anxiety and depression, and earlier death. On the other hand, those women who have mild menopause symptoms or who begin menopause at an age of more than 45, may need hormone therapy. The best approach is to talk with a trusted physician to discuss the risks and benefits and develop a comprehensive strategy to not only remain healthy, but also happy, free from pain, and without long-term health problems.
For men, Andropause, is the male equivalent to Menopause. On the average, a man’s testosterone levels begin to decline at a rate of about 1% per year after age 30. When hormones are replaced, dramatic reversals of many age-associated changes may be experienced. When testosterone levels dip, pellet therapy is the optimal form on bio-identical hormone therapy for men. The benefits of hormone replacement in the treatment of Andropause and its role as an “anti-aging” supplement may be just what you are looking for!
The quality of life given back to our men and women patients is second to none. They find they have increased energy levels, restores or increases their sex drive, their moods are more consistent, they have decreased anxiety and depression, increased mental clarity and focus and a great capacity to get their body back in shape!
A doctor understands his patients may have many questions and concerns. They may be feeling differently than before, reading conflicting information on the Internet, or taking in advice from a wide range of friends and family. With a doctor’s expert and individualized care patients can be rest assured they’re making the right decision to reach out and partner with us to manage their current medical issues, prevent future conditions, and address anti-aging needs. For more information about hormone therapy, call the Wesley Chapel area office today.
Summary: The approach to hormone replacement therapy has changed dramatically in recent years. With more options on the market, more women who have undergone treatment, and more studies that better define the risks and benefits, patients can easily feel overwhelmed when making hormone therapy decisions.
There are many benefits to hormone therapy, including managing symptoms of menopause and preventing future complications; such as osteoporosis and heart disease. Women who begin menopause young, before the age of 40, often benefit the most from hormone replacement therapy as their risks for these conditions caused by lack of estrogen is much higher. A doctor addresses his patients’ concerns and answers questions to help each patient make the best choice for their individual situation.
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