Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Women

Say goodbye to dryness (everywhere), mood swings, hot flashes, and anxiety with bioidentical hormone treatment.

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Get back the energy, sleep, sexual interest, and happiness of your youth.

Get back the energy, sleep, sexual interest, and happiness of your youth.

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. Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT) by Biote is now available in Traverse City and Petoskey. And some hormone therapy can be started safely even prior to menopause to help sleepless nights, weight fluctuations, and stamina.

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Because your quality of life after 40 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 (how many times do you get up at night to pee??) 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 2000’s 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 Traverse City and Petoskey allows for a very individualized care plan through menopause and beyond.
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Starting hormone replacement

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.

How BHT helps counter the side 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 and Traverse City 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 hormones help women’s health outcomes, too.

Most female patients come to us for bioidentical hormone pellets in Traverse City and Petoskey 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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How hormones affect a woman’s body:

Testosterone

Women need optimal
levels, too

Impacts or affects:

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

Protective benefits when optimized:

  • Reduced cardiac risk
  • Reduced breast cancer risk
  • Improved bone density

Estrogen

Dramatically drops after menopause

Impacts or affects:

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

Protective benefits when optimized:

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

Progesterone

The sleep champion

Impacts or affects:

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

Protective benefits when optimized:

  • Regulated blood pressure
  • Reduced risk of endometrial cancer
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Menopause doesn’t have to be such a bitch.

Biote Bioidentical hormone treatment works most effectively in the years immediately following menopause (women over 40 in perimenopause also see benefits). 

If you’re ready for better moods, decreased anxiety, mental clarity, energy to exercise and enjoy life again, and increased sexual interest and enjoyment (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!), schedule a consultation to learn more about BHT, hear our own experiences with it, and see if it’s right for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHT) for Women