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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.