FAQ – Women’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Why Pellet Therapy?

Pellet therapy is a good option to deliver the bio-identical hormones through a consistent manner. Creams do not penetrate the skin well, nor do they deliver consistent dosage.

Pellets have been shown to produce good results with eliminating the symptoms of menopause, fatigue and decreased sex drive.

What Hormones do females need?

Females need testosterone as much as men. The ovaries are the main producer of testosterone as well as estrogen and progesterone. The ovaries slow their production down in the mid 30’s .

It is an important hormone to replace in women as well. Low levels of testosterone can lead to a decrease in muscle mass. Testosterone replacement will increase lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass increases metabolism, thus helping with weight loss. Women with low testosterone may notice weight gain and have difficulty losing the weight. Testosterone is also a natural anti-inflammatory and can help with joint pain.

Testosterone delivered via pellets has helped men and women when other modalities of hormone replacement were tried. Testosterone is also important for energy, mental clarity and sex drive.

Other symptoms of low testosterone are as follows:

  • Difficulty in staying asleep
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Decrease sex drive
  • Decrease muscle mass
  • Urine leakage
  • Irritability
  • Joint pain
  • Weight gain

How and where are the pellets placed?

The pellets are placed into the fatty tissue of the upper buttocks through a small stab wound. The area is first numbed with a local anesthetic and the pellets are then inserted.

It is important to find a physician who is an expert in this field to determine your dosage and properly place the pellets. The amount of estrogen and testosterone you will receive is determined by our expert, and is based on your lab values, age and body weight.

It is important to monitor your blood levels throughout treatment to ensure you are receiving the proper dosage.

Why Do Females Need Estrogen?

Estrogen is produced by the ovaries and when women are menopausal or even approaching menopause the production of estrogen is markedly reduced.Estrogen is an important hormone to replace as well as testosterone to help maintain the youthfulness of our body.They are like a conductor of an orchestra. They help regulate and control the inner body functions. Ask yourself “How many young people get sick or get cancer ” Not many because they have adequate amounts of hormones in there body.Estrogen help regulate calcium into bone, thus preventing bone loss and maintaining bone density.Estrogen is important for memory. It is also important for collagen production and maintaining the youthfulness of our skin.

  • Symptoms of Low Estrogen are as follows:
  • Night Sweats
  • Hot Flashes
  • Foggy Thinking
  • Memory Loss
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Pain with intercourse
  • irregular menstruation

What Will Be Some Of The Improvements I notice?

Estrogen therapy works quickly. You will notice an improvement in your symptoms within 48-72 hours.

The night sweats and hot flashes will be gone.

You will be sleeping better and that foggy thinking will be gone.

The effects of testosterone take longer. You will notice an increase in sex drive and the vaginal dryness will be gone.The increase energy level takes longer to feel. Your body has been in such a decline state for awhile and will take time to recover.Losing weight and gaining lean muscle mass takes about 4-6 months.As muscle mass improves your metabolism will increase and you will notice weight loss and less body fat.

What Other Hormones Do I Need?

Progesterone is another hormone made by the ovaries. Like testosterone it declines early on before estrogen. It begins to decline in our 40’s.

Progesterone is one of the most protective hormones the body produces. Progesterone is our calming hormone. It balances the estrogen and helps with anxiety. Women become moody, anxious and irritable when they do not have enough progesterone in there body. Thus” Estrogen Dominance. Some of the symptoms of estrogen dominance are:

  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Tender Breast
  • Water Retention
  • Nervous
  • Anxious
  • Weight Gain
  • Bleeding Changes
  • Heavy or irregular menses
  • Headaches

Progesterone is a natural antidepressant, promotes energy production, helps use fat for energy, relieves anxiety, improves oxygen production and memory.