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BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY
Frequently Asked Questions
About 3-7 years before menopause, levels of estrogen begin to fluctuate. When you reach menopause, your ovaries no longer produce estrogen, your menstrual periods stop, and you can’t get pregnant. While these changes mark a significant transition in your life, they’re not the only health issues you’ll face.The fluctuation or loss of estrogen causes a wide range of symptoms, including the classic problems of hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. These symptoms eventually disappear, but other health issues develop that don’t go away, such as:
- Loss of bone density and osteoporosis
- Dry, aging skin
- Urinary incontinence
- Memory problems
- Loss of sexual desire
- Painful sex
- Vaginal atrophy
Absolutely. Starting at the age of 35, testosterone levels in men begin to decline. By the age of 45, most men have levels in the “lower tier” of normal. Although by laboratory standards the levels are not “abnormal,” patients can still experience significant symptoms. Common problems related to low testosterone levels include:
- Decreased energy
- Loss of libido/sex drive
- Difficulty building lean muscle mass
- Increased adipose (fatty) tissue
- Difficulty achieving erections or ejaculation
Before prescribing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Macer runs lab tests to determine your precise hormone levels and the dose needed to restore normal levels.
Like other hormone medications, bioidentical hormones are available in several forms. However, pellets are one of the best choices. Pellets are made by putting your customized dose of hormones into a pellet.
The pellet is about the size of a grain of rice, so Dr. Macer can easily implant it under your skin. Then the pellet continuously releases hormones that are absorbed into your bloodstream.Pellets have the advantage of maintaining a stable level of hormones. By comparison, pills and injections deliver a sudden, rapid increase in hormones that quickly drop to low levels, until you take the next pill/injection and repeat the cycle. Pellets also last for 3-4 months in women and 4-5 months in men, so you won’t need to worry about remembering your treatment!