Bioidentical hormone treatment Petoskey, Traverse City, Naples - Pellet therapy

Bioidentical Hormones help how you feel and protect your future.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is one of the most important keys to living your best life as your body continues to age. BHRT helps itchy, dry, forgetful, bitchy, night sweats, bloating, sleeping AND gives long term cardiovascular, bone, and brain protection.

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Get back the energy, sleep, sexual interest and happiness you had before menopause.

Get back the energy, sleep, sexual interest, and happiness you had before menopause.

Menopause and the decade or so surrounding it can make you feel crazy, like your body isn’t even yours anymore. Even years before menopause women notice mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, depression and lack of sexual drive from testosterone depletion and hormone fluctuations.

The medical community doesn’t talk openly and transparently enough about how dramatically hormonal changes impact how a woman feels and functions as she ages. We believe in breaking down the barriers that make women feel like something is wrong or broken, and offering solutions for these common concerns.

These changes often start in the late 30s and early 40s, before true menopause, when women feel anxious or have difficulty sleeping. Then later, in actual perimenopause or menopause, women are told to eat less to lose weight, take an anti-depressant or, worst of all, that everything they’re feeling physiologically is only in their heads.

Women deserve better options for aging well that help them feel like themselves again AND improve their longevity, energy, and overall health during peri-menopause and after menopause. At RegenCen we are here to support you through the change and to help you maintain your youthful skin, mind, bones, heart, and vagina.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for menopausal symptoms and post menopause

Your quality of life after 40 or 70 shouldn’t mean accepting anxiety,
depression, brain fog, and weight gain as a given.

Generations of women before us silently suffered through the second half of their lives with debilitating symptoms ranging from overactive bladders to a sudden loss of sex drive to hot flashes. For years, doctors prescribed oral synthetic estrogen to treat menopausal symptoms but synthetic estrogen was found in the early 2000s to cause increased cardiovascular risk and cancer risk. After that, the majority of women have been dealing with physicians only providing estrogen replacement for a short time to “get through the change” or “until the hot flashes go away.”

But modern advancements in bioidentical hormonal treatments (BHRT) are far safer than synthetic oral estrogen. In fact, BHRT protects you not just from dry skin, vaginal dryness and hot flashes but from osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s. BHRT with our hormone and menopause specialists in Petoskey, Traverse City, and Naples allows for a very individualized care plan through menopause and beyond.

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Women have been mislead about menopause

The truth about bioidentical hormones

Why aren’t ALL women offered bioidentical hormone replacement before, during and after menopause? The short answer is that for the past 20 years, flawed research and synthetic hormones scared away doctors and their patients with increased risks of cancer and heart disease.

But those excuses don’t hold water anymore. With safe and proven bioidentical hormones, your menopause won’t be the start of a long, slow decline.

My doctor says hormones are risky.

Those doctors are thinking of older drugs (like estrogen pills). Those ARE risky. But bioidentical hormones are 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 (click through the NYT article for more information).

What hormones need to be replaced in women?

Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone too! Many women are surprised that they need “male” testosterone – it’s just as important for women’s continued health.

What improvements will I see with bioidentical hormones?

•  85% of our patients feel much better in general: energetic, motivated, positive

•  Weight loss

•  Improved sleep, mood

•  Better sex drive and enjoyment

•  Better memory and cognitive function

•  Reduced risk of osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and heart attack

•  Improved urinary control, reduced vaginal symptoms

I feel like I’m going through menopause, but I still have periods. When should I start bioidentical hormones?

You may be in peri-menopause. Some women suffer their worst symptoms during this time, which can be years. At RegenCen, we test to find out whether you’re pre, post, or somewhere in between – and then treat appropriately.

What if I’m past menopause and feel OK?

Bioidentical hormones aren’t just for hot flashes. Some things that we chalk up to “getting older” like weak bones and muscles, slowing brain function, skin and hair thinning actually have a treatable cause: low hormone levels.

What specialist should I see for hormone replacement?

In Northern Michigan, RegenCen is the only medical practice specializing in optimizing your hormone levels for all ages and sexes.

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Menopause & bioidentical hormone treatment

Women may begin noticing symptoms of menopause anywhere between 40 and 58 years old or after a hysterectomy. Although estrogen should not be replaced until women are officially “menopausal,” which is when women go 12 months without a menstrual cycle, testosterone and progesterone are often prescribed during the years before menopause to help women’s sex drive, energy, insomnia, and weight gain.

At RegenCen, we test women’s hormone levels, thyroid, and other blood levels during a hormone consultation with a simple blood draw. Then hormone replacement can begin at the next visit with Biote hormone pellets and oral micronized progesterone. Once hormone levels are optimized, women only need to come to the office every 4 months. And Biote pellets are widely available if you need a boost and are in another part of the country.

Hormone replacement therapy counters the effects of menopause:

Hormones are in control of almost everything inside the body and, in simple terms, are like a mail carrier in your body. They carry chemical messages throughout your bloodstream, and these messages deliver both chemicals and instructions to your cells, telling them to do something.

Three key hormones change dramatically during and after menopause: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone (yes, women utilize and need testosterone, too!), impacting everything from sleep to skin hydration to sexual desire. A drop in hormones is often what’s behind feeling mentally fuzzy, emotionally depressed, deprived of sleep, hot flashes, sexually frustrated, and “not quite like yourself.”

We offer estrogen and testosterone bioidentical hormone replacement in Petoskey, Traverse City, and Naples at RegenCen by using pellets placed just under your skin to deliver more youthful, consistent levels of hormones. This quick and safe outpatient procedure lasts about four months and is low maintenance compared to hormone patches or creams. Progesterone is administered orally, and can drastically improve your sleep.

BHT pellets have the same chemical structure as the hormones produced by our own bodies, which makes the use of bioidentical hormones significantly safer than the use of oral synthetic hormones.

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Science shows bioidentical hormones help Alzheimer’s, bone density & cardiovascular risk

Most female patients come to us for bioidentical hormone pellets in Petoskey, Traverse City, and Naples because they’re tired of hot flashes, anxiety, “flat” emotions, insomnia, diminished libido and vaginal dryness, and love how BHT improves their day-to-day lives. 

But they’re often surprised when we tell them that optimizing hormone levels bioidentically has health-protective benefits, too, like improved bone density, better heart health, and protection against stroke and Alzheimer’s. Hundreds of scientific studies have shown that re-establishing hormones to more youthful levels positively impacts longevity and decreases health morbidities. 

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The benefits of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone


Women need optimal
levels, too

Impacts or affects:

  • Energy 
  • Mood
  • Cognition
  • Memory
  • Muscle mass
  • Libido

Benefits of testosterone replacement:

  • Reduced cardiac risk
  • Reduced breast cancer risk
  • Improved bone density
  • Helps your energy & mood
  • Helps regulate weight & improve muscle mass


Dramatically drops after menopause

Impacts or affects:

  • Temperature (hot flashes)
  • Vaginal lubrication (dryness)
  • Bladder (urinary incontinence)
    Mood disorders
  • Bone mineral density
  • Body weight

Benefits of estrogen replacement:

  • Reduced development of coronary plaques
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Lowered mortality rate


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Impacts or affects:

  • Sleep
  • Uterine lining (affects abnormal bleeding)
  • Memory
  • Cognition

What will progesterone do for me?:

  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Reduced risk of endometrial cancer
  • Help you sleep better
  • Calming
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Should I get hormone replacement?

Hormone replacement therapy gives almost immediate relief to women in the perimenopausal age. Within just a few weeks of balancing sex hormones like progesterone and testosterone, women notice improved sleep, less bloating, more sexual interest, and more energy. (by the way, when we say increased libido, we’re not exaggerating – sometimes our partners can’t keep up and then they come in too for testosterone replacement!)

Menopausal women (even if menopause was 15 years ago!) notice better bladder control, skin integrity, and less vaginal dryness and itching. But science shows the benefits of hormone replacement therapy for menopause are much more than what we feel. The invisible benefits for osteoporosis, dementia, and cardiovascular risk are most exciting. Schedule a consultation to learn more about BHT, hear our own experiences with it, and see if it’s right for you. 

Menopause and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Frequently Asked Questions