Hormonal changes are bound to happen to each of us at some point. By the time we notice what has happened, chances are we’re struggling with quite a few symptoms. Historically, menopausal hormonal changes were treated with hormone replacement therapy using synthetic substances. Men hardly talked about their andropause concerns; most didn’t even realize men had their own version of menopause. Now that we know better, we can do better. The better that we’re doing in our Reno office is to educate patients on the use of bioidentical hormone therapy to put some life back into their lives.
Think you feel fine?
The decline of hormones happens over many years. That means the symptoms of low testosterone and other imbalance can creep up unexpectedly. Signs of declining hormones include:
- Weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight
- Low energy
- Muscle aches
- Decreases muscle mass
- Difficulty sleeping
- Reduced libido
- Joint pain
- Anxiety and depression
A few different strategies can be employed to help offset the natural changes in hormone production. Adults can engage in regular exercise, specifically strength training, to support testosterone production. A healthy diet is also vital to keeping the body working optimally (though this can’t stop biological changes). Recently, pellet therapy has become an ideal method of managing hormone balance.
What is pellet therapy?
Several methods of hormone delivery have been used through the years. Transdermal patches and creams were popular for a time. Pellet therapy is ideal because it is a “set-it and forget-it” method. The doctor inserts tiny pellets (like a grain of rice) into subcutaneous tissue in the upper buttock region. This method allows the body to use hormones as it needs; nothing more, nothing less. The consistency of availability decreases side effects like mood swings. Because pellets are not on the skin, there are no dosing limitations. The body has access to what it needs at all times. Pellet therapy is repeated every 4 to 6 months.
Hormonal balance is not only an aspect of good health and sexual function, hormones are also crucial to general health and disease prevention. Studies indicate that hormone balance is associated with reduced risks of Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and more.
Start your new year off with a commitment to your health and wellness. Call (775) 826-4477 to schedule your consultation for bioidentical hormone treatment in our Reno office.