Hormone Replacement Therapy: The Ultimate Guide

Hormone Replacement Therapy
November 20, 2019 0 Comments

Hormones—we all have them, and more than likely, we will all reach a point in our lives where we have to deal with hormonal imbalance.

Even though hormonal imbalance is a condition that impacts many people, it can impact us all in different ways. Just as we all have different reactions to hormonal imbalance, we should have different treatment options.

The truth is there is no blanket treatment for hormonal imbalance. Yet, many in the medical field continuously prescribe the same treatments that don’t always work for all patients. This situation leaves many to deal with symptoms and no answers to their health concerns.

Hormonal imbalance can come from various sources, but no matter the cause when left untreated, the consequences can be severe. One approach many practitioners use to help patients find balance is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

BHRT has been around for years and has provided patients with lasting results, but many patients haven’t heard of this approach! Read on to learn more about BHRT, hormone pellet therapy, and how you can improve your health at OneLife Medical center.

What Should I Know About Hormones?

Hormones have a big job and are important for everyone! But how much do you know about hormones? Don’t worry, rookies, we’ll tell you everything you need to know!

Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through our bloodstream and enter cells, tissues, and organs, telling them what to do and when to do it.

Hormones can regulate everything from our emotions to reproduction functions to our general wellbeing. Essentially, hormones control and coordinate various activities throughout our bodies.

  • Hormones carry messages between cells and organs.
  • Hormone levels will naturally decline with age—and do require proper management.
  • Hormonal imbalance can impact both men and women of any age.

Because hormonal imbalance can happen at any time and lead to severe complications, we recommend regular check-ups and monitoring to ensure your body is in balance.

Can I Tell if My Hormones Aren’t Balanced?

Yes, and no—well, sometimes. The answer isn’t entirely clear because, as we said before, hormonal imbalance affects everyone differently.

However, because our hormones have such an essential job in regulating our body’s functions, even the smallest change could cause a series of symptoms to pop up.

Both women and men can experience hormonal imbalance, and while symptoms are often unique for each person and can vary greatly. There’s a list of common symptoms experts agree on good signs of potential hormonal imbalance.

Signs of Imbalance in Women & Men

The most common causes of hormonal balance tend to produce the following symptoms in both men and women:

  1. Headaches
  2. Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  3. Brittle or weak bones
  4. Irritability and anxiety
  5. Long-term fatigue without reason
  6. Poor sleep
  7. Lowered sex drive
  8. Very dry skin or skin rashes
  9. Unexplained or excessive sweating
  10. Changes in sensitivity to cold and heat

The list of symptoms goes far beyond those listed above, which is why you must speak with your medical provider to see if your symptoms are indicative of hormonal imbalance.

Signs of Hormonal Imbalance in Women

A few more specific symptoms often experienced by women include:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Deepening of the voice
  • Irregular/heavy/painful periods
  • Thinning or brittle hair

Signs of Hormonal Imbalance in Men

Some common red flags for men dealing with hormonal issues include:

  • The inability to achieve and maintain an erection
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Memory loss
  • Gynecomastia (the development of breasts)
  • Longer recovery times from injuries

While these symptoms are essential to look for, many patients report noticing hormonal imbalance after feeling “off” for some time. If you don’t feel yourself and you can’t figure out why it may be worth having your hormone levels checked out.

The Causes of Hormonal Imbalance

More times than not, hormonal imbalances are just a natural part of the aging process. Still, some other factors can cause hormonal imbalance like:

  • Extreme stress
  • Thyroid issues
  • Poor nutrition
  • Environmental factors

During your consultation with our team, we can walk you through potential causes for your symptoms and assess your lifestyle and environmental factors that may also influence your hormonal health.

Getting an appropriate diagnosis is essential to begin an effective treatment plan because symptoms of hormonal imbalance closely resemble symptoms of other health conditions.

How You Can Restore Balance

Like we mentioned earlier, BHRT is a type of hormone therapy that uses hormones that are structurally identical to the substances as they naturally occur in your body. It has been successful for both men and women going through the aging process and dealing with hormonal imbalance.

Other hormone therapy options include pills, patches, and creams, but don’t offer an individualized approach for your unique needs and health concerns.

BHRT is the natural alternative to synthetic hormone treatments that often don’t provide relief. The OneLife Medical team uses BHRT with pellet therapy. Pellet therapy allows us to insert small, rice grain-sized pellets that will release hormones as your body needs them.

Can You Explain More About These Pellets?

Hormone therapy with pellets can offer several benefits, but we know there is a lot of information that can be helpful as you decide what the best treatment path is for your needs. Here are some of the most common questions we get about hormone pellets:

1. What are hormone pellets?

Hormone pellets are roughly the size of a grain of rice and composed of an estrogen hormone or testosterone.

They come from organic plant materials and resemble the molecular structure of the naturally-occurring hormones found in our bodies. They were designed for men and women of all ages and are inserted under the skin, usually in the buttocks, in a simple and painless in-office procedure.

2. How do BHRT pellets work?

The pellets release small amounts of hormones directly into the bloodstream, similar to the way your body should. The pellets release the hormones in response to physical activity or emotional stress meaning your body receives a steady flow of hormones, curbing your symptoms.

3. What are the pros of hormone pellets?

BHRT with pellets is convenient. Never again do you have to remember to take a daily pill or apply a cream throughout the day. Most patients only need to visit us a few times a year for pellet implants!

4. Are there any cons of hormone pellets?

While the procedure is viewed as mostly pain-free and has no downtime, some patients don’t like the idea of undergoing a “procedure.”

Also, BHRT with pellets can be more expensive than other forms of hormone optimization, but it is also seen as more reliable and valuable.

5. Will the procedure hurt?

Not really! Most patients report zero pain during their hormone pellet insertion, but if you’re concerned, we will apply a local anesthetic to the insertion site before the procedure.

It is common to experience the following in the days after your procedure.

  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • A little bruising

6. When will my hormone pellets begin to work?

Every patient experience is unique, but most report symptom relief within 2-4 weeks, but full hormone optimization could take closer to 6 months.

Regular follow-up and contact with your BHRT pellet provider are important following the procedure; this allows your provider the opportunity to monitor and customize hormone optimization based on your symptoms and bloodwork.

7. What happens to the pellets after insertion?

We have good news for you! BHRT pellets are natural, and they will completely dissolve and be absorbed by your body over time, leaving nothing behind. You don’t have to worry about the pellet once it’s inserted.

What Else Can I Do?

Restoring balance requires an integrated approach, and there are plenty of things you can do to address your symptoms before and after your BHRT with pellets. The best way to tackle hormonal imbalance, apart from treatment, is to make some serious lifestyle changes.

Here are the three best ways to improve your chances of restoring hormonal balance:

1. Get Sufficient Sleep

Poor sleep too often will disrupt your circadian rhythm and affect its ability to release certain hormones. Make getting good sleep a priority!

2. Regular Exercise

We’re sure you’re familiar with how routine exercise can positively benefit your physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re already committed to working out, make sure you switch things up every once in a while.

A good balance of strength training, aerobics, and endurance training are essential. If you’re new to a workout routine, start with something simple like daily walks or frequent laps around your office building.

3. Manage Your Stress

You know how stress can take a toll on your health, especially on your hormonal health, so take the time to get your stress under control.

Try to identify areas of your life that cause you stress, and then come up with a plan to reduce them. Speak with your physician about stress management techniques, download a meditation app, or even look on YouTube for some guidance.

Restore Balance Today!

The OneLife Medical team wants to help you find relief through effective treatment! Get in touch to schedule your consultation today!

One of our hormone experts will walk you through your symptoms, answer your questions, and advise you on the best approach to restoring balance.

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Here’s everything you need to know about hormonal imbalance and hormone replacement therapy.