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Do I need hormone replacement yet?
Do I need hormone replacement yet?
Hormone levels start to drop in both men and women in the 30s. By the mid 40s many notice symptoms like brain fog, lack of motivation, loss of muscle mass, lower sex drive, and an overall feeling of the “blahs”.
Common symptoms of menopause or peri-menopause include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, weight gain, brain fog and dry, thinning skin; while men after 40 notice weight gain around the middle, declining muscle mass, a lower sex drive, and disrupted sleep.
At RegenCen, we recommend hormone testing any time our patients are experiencing the symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances or depletions. With a simple blood draw, we can assess your critical hormone levels.
Even though aging is inevitable, the physical and mental changes that come with it don’t have to feel so disruptive thanks to advancements in hormone replacement therapy. Our RegenCen providers are here to help you optimize your hormone levels so you can feel like yourself again-at any age.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
Say goodbye to low energy, poor sleep and hormonal weight fluctuations.
Can't lose weight no matter what you do? Not interested in sex like you used to be? Difficulty sleeping? Exhausted even though you sleep well?
Hormones affect almost everything. You don't have to live like a shadow of your former self – orgasms can be easy again and your skin, hair, and energy do bounce back.
Medical studies show bioidentical hormones also have protective effects that impact longevity and overall health, including bone density, memory, balance, and heart health. So even if you're in your 50's or 70's and feel fine, studies show bioidentical hormones are beneficial to extending your healthspan. They reduce your risk of Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, strokes and cardiovascular events.
And getting started is easy – just set up a consultation in our Petoskey, Traverse City, or Naples regenerative health clinic, RegenCen.
Symptoms of low testosterone
Typically men and women with low testosterone report:
- tiredness and reduced strength
- low motivation
- reduced sex drive
- weight gain (especially midsection)
- memory problems
- mental sluggishness
Men and women complaining of low T symptoms are often told that their testosterone level is normal but what's "normal" isn't always ideal; more than 50% of men over 50 have clinically low testosterone. Research shows that younger testosterone levels reverse symptoms decrease certain health risks like Alzheimer's and type 2 diabetes. Boosting to "young normal" testosterone levels has over a 90% satisfaction rate with our patients.
Learn more about testosterone replacement for men here.
Symptoms of low estrogen & progesterone
During peri-menopause (the decade that surrounds menopause) and after menopause, estrogen levels plummet. The initial symptoms of menopause are usually night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood disorders, weight gain and decreased sexual function. The long-term consequences are decreased bone mineral density or osteoporosis, increased body weight and increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Yes! Hormone replacement therapy decreases your risk of Alzheimer’s. So even if the annoying hot flashes and insomnia go away, you should still consider hormone replacement therapy for the long-term benefits. Progesterone is used in conjunction with estrogen therapy and improves the quality of sleep and enhance memory and cognition.
Life is good when hormones are balanced – we can help! Learn more about hormone replacement therapy for women here.
What is the process of placing the pellets like?
The Biote® pellet placement process is relatively easy and takes only about 15 minutes.
The Biote® procedure is a straightforward process that involves the insertion of a Biote® pellet under the skin near the buttocks. Prior to insertion, a mild local anesthetic is used to numb the area, and the pellet is then inserted, with a small bandage applied to cover the insertion site.
The entire process typically takes just 15 minutes, with minimal downtime required for recovery. Although it is common to experience slight swelling and redness at the insertion site for a few days, these symptoms should not persist for long. Following the procedure, it is recommended to avoid strenuous activities for a few days, especially those that involve the lower body, to prevent any soreness in the insertion area.
It is also advisable to avoid baths and swimming, but showering is fine. Once the bandage is removed, you can resume your normal daily activities without any restrictions.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone Replacement Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
Physicians who say hormones are risky aren't up to date on the research or they are thinking of estrogen pills like the old premarin. Estrogen pills are risky. Bioidentical estrogen which is not taken orally is extremely low risk. Many doctors aren't aware of newer research on bioidentical options because hormone replacement has been almost ignored in medical training for 20 years.
RegenCen offers hormone replacement with pellets. Pellets are about the size of a grain of rice. They are placed just under the skin and release estrogen or testosterone slowly for about 4 months for women and 6 months for men. The slow hormonal release from hormonal pellets offers the most consistent dosing of testosterone and estrogen.
You may be in perimenopause. Some women suffer their worst symptoms during this time, which can be years. At RegenCen, we test to find out whether you're premenopausal, peri-menopausal or post menopausal and then treat appropriately.
Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, too! Many women are surprised that they need "male" testosterone - it's just as important for women's continued health. Research shows that testosterone replacement decreases your risk of Alzheimer's, improves your overall sense of well being, boosts your sex drive and helps reduce fat (especially in the midsection).
Bioidentical hormones aren't just for hot flashes. Some things we blame on "getting older" like weight gain, osteoporosis, decreased strength, slow word retrieval, skin thinning and hair loss actually have a treatable cause: low hormone levels.
- 85% of our patients feel much better in general: energetic, motivated, positive outlook
- weight loss
- improved sleep and mood
- better sex drive and enjoyment
- better memory and cognitive function
- reduced risk of osteoporosis, alzheimer's, stroke and heart attack
- improved urinary control
- reduced vaginal dyness
- improved libido
BHT offers real, meaningful benefits for any man or woman who wishes to improve their quality of life, decrease morbidities, and increase longevity!
Even though aging is inevitable, you CAN feel good as you age, too. BHT will help to encourage optimal aging and help to alleviate symptoms caused by decreased hormone production and re-establish the protective benefits of these hormones (such as bone density, cardiovascular health, immune function, balance, etc.)
At RegenCen, we offer estrogen and testosterone bioidentical hormone replacement by using pellets. Pellets contain time-released estrogen and testosterone and are placed just under your skin (usually in the hip area) to deliver more youthful levels of hormones. Compared to daily or weekly patches or creams, pellets are low-maintenance and deliver consistent hormone doses at all times. This quick and safe out-patient procedure lasts about 3 months for women and 5-6 months for men.
Initial visit: We will collect a detailed history and discusses your symptoms and concerns. Then we draw your blood for hormone testing.
Visit #2: We review the lab results from your bloodwork, which detail your current hormonal levels and deficiencies. With that information, we determine the appropriate hormone levels for you, and administer pellet insertion and/or a prescription regimen.
Visit #3: After the pellets are placed, we’ll monitor your progress through symptom improvement and hormone testing. We will check your levels about 6 weeks after your pellet insertion. Then prior to your next pellet insertion in 3-4 months, you’ll have another set of bloodwork drawn.
Typically women come in 3-4 times a year to maintain optimal hormone levels.
Initial visit: We’ll collect a detailed history and discuss your symptoms and concerns. After your consultation, we will draw your blood in the office to check your testosterone level.
Visit #2: We’ll review your lab results and move forward with the appropriate pellet insertion.
Visit #3: After the pellets are placed, we’ll monitor your progress via bloodwork that shows your hormone levels as well as symptom improvement.
In the week prior to your next pellet insertion in 5-6 months, you’ll have another set of bloodwork drawn.
Typically men need to come in 2-3 times a year to maintain optimal levels.