It’s not uncommon to start experiencing the symptoms of imbalanced hormones as you age. These symptoms can make you feel less than your best and interfere with your responsibilities to your family and job. At Proper Eu Medical & Aesthetics Center, we offer bioidentical hormone therapy to improve the symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances.
You may have heard of traditional hormone therapy, which includes taking medication prescribed by a physician. However, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can provide similar results without the need for daily pills.
What Is Hormone Therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy involves inserting pellets with extended-release hormones into your body, which slowly balances your natural hormone levels. We determine the appropriate levels of hormones to include in each pellet, depending on your needs.
Hormone therapy addresses the symptoms associated with imbalanced hormones, including:
- Weight gain
- Moodiness and irritability
- Headaches, including migraines
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of interest in sex
- Pain during intercourse
- Chronic fatigue and low energy levels
Hormone therapy is appropriate for women and men. Hormone therapy for men typically results in the following:
- Mood stability
- Improvements to skin and hair
- Enhanced energy and concentration
- Greater sexual function, including stronger erections
- Better body composition, including more muscle mass and reduced fat levels
Hormone therapy for women offers the following benefits:
- Higher libido
- Improved sleep
- Less brain fog
- Stable moods
- Greater concentration
- Increased ability to lose weight
Each person’s results are different, depending on the severity of their hormonal imbalance.
Causes of Imbalanced Hormones
There are various reasons why women and men can experience hormonal imbalances. A few include:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that affects women. Those with the condition often experience irregular periods and have an abundance of the hormone androgen. Too much androgen can lead to skin and hair problems and reduced sexual function.
Individuals with diabetes often suffer from hormonal imbalances. Diabetes can reduce the production of certain hormones, making it difficult to lose weight and concentrate. While doctors can’t cure diabetes, it is treatable with certain medications and by sticking to a restricted diet.
Severe stress can result in a hormonal balance. People who experience ongoing stress are more likely to produce excess cortisol. Unless they manage their condition, they may experience symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance, including insomnia and weight gain.
Being too thin or overweight can affect the body’s ability to produce necessary hormones. You may find yourself uncomfortable in certain temperatures or have difficulty maintaining an average weight, no matter how hard you try. Individuals with weight problems may also experience low libido.
Growing older has its benefits but can also result in hormonal disruptions. Often, adults begin seeing differences in their general health around age 35. Imbalanced hormones can bring on these changes.
Sometimes, the environment can cause changes in hormone levels. For instance, certain foods, cleaning products, and drinking water may impact hormones. If you suspect something in your environment is causing your hormonal imbalance, stop using it and see if your symptoms improve.
What Happens During Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
Choosing to undergo bioidentical hormone therapy is a big decision. Understanding what to expect during the process is essential.
We begin by administering a blood test, which allows us to determine the severity of your hormonal imbalance. We use that information to decide what combination of hormones to use to alleviate your symptoms.
We also consider your BMI and body structure when evaluating your needs. Factoring in your weight allows us to tailor your treatment so that you receive the exact amount of hormones your body can process.
Once we’ve decided on the amount and type of hormones you need, we’ll prepare the pellets and administer them to your hip area. To do that, we make a tiny incision. Then we place the pellets into your body and tape up the area with a Steri-Strip. Your body will close the incision on its own.
Hormone therapy for women typically lasts approximately three months before the patient needs a follow-up treatment. Women usually find that their symptoms improve around two to three weeks after their first appointment.
Hormone therapy for men lasts a bit longer before a follow-up session is necessary. Typically, their results last up to five months before further treatment is required.
We’ll review your hormone levels at your follow-up appointment to determine whether we need to adjust your pellet therapy.
Advantages of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Patients often witness a significant decrease in symptoms following bioidentical hormone therapy. Some of the other benefits include:
No Daily Pills
You don’t need to worry about taking regular medications with hormone pellet therapy. Once we insert your pellets, you can resume your everyday activities. Bioidentical hormone therapy is a “fix it and forget it” solution with minimal intervention necessary.
We understand that everyone has varying hormone levels. No two people are the same, and treatments are adjustable according to the patient’s needs.
We’ll test your hormone levels at your first appointment and prepare your pellets. During your follow-up sessions, we’ll measure your hormone levels again and make necessary adjustments.
Regular Supply of Hormones
Pellet therapy adjusts to your body’s needs. You’ll receive a continuous dose of hormones each day. The treatment offers a controlled release of hormones until the supply is exhausted. We’ll administer a new set of pellets once your body needs it.
Try Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Women and Men
If you’re concerned about symptoms associated with imbalanced hormones, bioidentical hormone therapy may be the solution you need. Contact Proper Eu Medical & Aesthetics Center in Caledonia, MI, to schedule your consultation for hormone therapy today. We also serve Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Kalamazoo.