Every day, approximately 5000 women in the US turn 50 years old, which happens to be the average age for the onset of menopause. Studies have shown that approximately 75% of these women seek some form of lifestyle, dietary, or medical solutions to relieve their menopausal symptoms. In addition to those entering menopause due to aging, a shocking statistic is that one-third of all women in the US have had hysterectomies. After their operations, these women are prematurely thrown into “surgical” menopause and suffer from the same symptoms.
Because of the dangerous effects of Premarin and Prempro reported in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study of 2002, many women and their doctors have decided to avoid hormone replacement therapies altogether. Dr. Kent Holtorf recently published a peer-reviewed medical article of 196 research studies and concluded that bioidentical hormones do not have the negative side effects of synthetic chemical hormones and in no way relate to the conclusions reached by the WHI study.
Even though bioidentical hormones are created in a lab, they have the exact molecular structure as the natural hormones made in the human body. Therefore, bio-identical hormones provide the same physiologic responses as internally produced hormones and can relieve symptoms of menopause by bringing the body back into hormonal balance.
Hormones can be given in many forms, however hormone pellet therapy is the preferred delivery method. The tiny hormone pellets are inserted just under the skin in a simple, relatively painless procedure. The pellets last for approximately 3 months.
The pellets are slowly absorbed according to the activity and stress level of the patient. The body will sequester the exact amount needed for continuous delivery. Other forms of hormone replacement deliver a daily dose of hormone resulting in a large spike in the system and then dropping to very low levels over the next 24 hours. Patients that have been unsuccessful with other forms of hormone replacement have found great success with pellet therapy.
The symptoms of menopause that can respond to hormone pellet therapy include the following: hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, anxiety, depression, headaches, memory loss, mental “fog,” vaginal dryness, vaginal shrinkage, urinary infections and inability to hold urine, painful intercourse, low libido, premature wrinkling and aging of the skin, and an increased risk of broken bones and heart disease. Those receiving this treatment often describe it as “life changing.”
In addition to helping with menopausal symptoms, pellets are also helpful in women suffering from severe PMS, postpartum depression, and menstrual headaches. Pellet therapy is also effective in helping men with symptoms of low testosterone. These include many of the symptoms women experience during menopause, in addition to providing a much better solution than Viagra for erectile dysfunction.
Millions of women are needlessly suffering from the symptoms of menopause because they are unaware of the benefits of hormone pellet therapy. This simple procedure offers a safe and effective solution without the risks of synthetic hormone therapy and should become the standard of care for treating this common condition.
At Explore Heath, we are proud to offer bio-identical pellets for females in addition to other options outside of the hormone pellet realm, like troches and customized hormone creams. During a consultation at our office in Scottsdale, AZ, we would be happy to discuss your specific treatment options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!