For men and women over the age of 35, recurring symptoms of hormone deficiency can disrupt everyday life while remaining almost impossible to treat with conventional methods. While hormone levels naturally decrease as we age, the side effects can drain your energy, leaving you feeling frustrated as your life seems to pass you by. Thanks to an innovative hormone replacement therapy treatment proudly offered by Pellecome LLC, you can take back control of your health and vitality.
What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
At Pellecome LLC, hormone replacement therapy is designed to restore balance to your life. Dr. Enrique G. Jacome, a board-certified OB-GYN, developed the idea of a simpler, more effective method of hormone delivery that would allow doctors of all experience levels to introduce Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) into their patients’ lives. By making hormone therapy more accessible, Dr. Jacome was confident that the lives of thousands of people would be greatly improved.
Since 1995, Dr. Jacome has specialized in hormone therapy, and, in 2002, he revolutionized the practice by helping to develop the pellet-based BHRT we offer today. These tiny implants–which are about the size of a grain of rice–are packed full of hormones that exactly match the natural hormones found in your body. After being placed under the skin in a simple procedure with zero downtime required, the slow release of these new hormones over time helps boost faltering hormone levels and brings your body back into balance.
Many patients are shocked when they read the list of symptoms associated with hormone deficiency. They attribute most of these symptoms to the process of aging and believe that they have no choice about the way they’re forced to live their lives. In reality, the vast majority of the side effects of aging can be traced back to steadily decreasing hormone levels. The most common culprits are lack of energy, low self-esteem, decreased sex drive, and increased frailty, and men and women typically experience different symptoms of hormone deficiency.
Hormone replacement therapy can begin to supplement lower hormone levels as early as age 30. With the revolutionary pellet delivery system, patients don’t need to keep track of oral treatments or apply creams daily. The implant is placed by a doctor and remains under the skin, releasing hormones at a steady rate until it is fully dissolved. The process is virtually painless and allows you to return to your normal lifestyle immediately. Best of all, the majority of patients report feeling younger, revitalized, and more excited about living life to the fullest after treatment.
What Are the Signs That I Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The two main hormones–estrogen and testosterone–are found in both male and female bodies. However, deficiencies of each hormone have vastly different impacts on men and women. If you’re wondering whether your symptoms may be related to a lack of hormones, there are some signs that you may be an ideal candidate for hormone therapy.
Signs of Hormone Deficiency in Women
While hormone deficiency can present itself in the early 30s, many women don’t notice its full effects until they reach menopause. This hormone-driven bodily change is different for every woman, but an imbalance in the body’s natural hormone levels can make the symptoms much more overwhelming. The process of menopause can be divided into four different stages:
This first stage, which makes up the bulk of a woman’s life, encompasses the time when “normal” reproductive functions are active. For most women, this includes a regular period and the ability to become pregnant. Generally, it lasts from a woman’s first menstrual cycle to her last menstrual cycle. Hormone levels are usually higher during a woman’s teens and early 20s. As early as the mid-20s to early 30s, hormone levels plateau and eventually decrease.
This transitional stage between a normal, regular menstrual cycle and the end of a woman’s reproductive abilities can last 2-10 years. Most women who experience this stage are between 35-50 years old. Hormone levels fluctuate, often causing the hallmark symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and a “roller coaster” of emotions due to the body’s imbalance. When it progresses naturally, this stage of menopause can take a huge toll on the physical and emotional health of women.
This last stage of a woman’s reproductive life is called menopause. The body’s ability to produce natural estrogen and progesterone decreases and the ovaries stop producing eggs. Once this happens, the body can no longer become pregnant naturally and monthly periods cease. For many women, symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings continue through this stage and then slowly subside over the next 12 months.
This marks the beginning of life after menopause, typically about 1 year after the last regular menstrual cycle. During this stage, most women report that the classic symptoms of menopause have stopped. However, hormonal imbalances can still affect energy levels, libido, and bone density and can accelerate the aging process.
Signs of Hormone Deficiency in Men
Many male patients who pursue hormone replacement therapy find that, in the beginning, they’re unsure of how to explain their hormone deficiency symptoms. However, men as young as 30 often begin to notice the impact that decreased testosterone levels has on their bodies and lifestyles.
While it’s not as well known, there is a counterpart to menopause in men. This natural process is called andropause and affects the amounts of testosterone produced in the male body. Andropause has a much less defined timeline. Some men experience a sudden, alarming change which can affect their ability to build muscle or lose weight, their bone density, and their sex drive and performance. Most men, however, report a steady decline over a long period of time. This process often begins in their 30s and, going forward, the body’s testosterone production drops 1-2% each year.
For most men, the real side effects of andropause become apparent in their 40s and 50s. They realize that they don’t feel the way they used to, and many men report that they feel less confident in themselves. Replenishing the body’s testosterone levels through BHRT pellets can help you feel younger and more full of life no matter how old you are.
Other Signs of Hormone Deficiency
Hormones, for most people, primarily affect the essence of what it is to be a man or a woman, including the shape and strength of the body, reproductive functions, and sex drive. While this is an important component of hormones, a hormonal imbalance can have a negative effect on your body’s general health. Both men and women can suffer from memory loss, fatigue, and bone density loss as a result of hormone deficiency.
In addition, serious health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and weight gain are often directly connected to hormonal imbalance in the body. Left unresolved, hormone deficiency can seriously damage your health. BHRT addresses this issue by introducing a steady source of bio-identical hormones into your body, allowing it to stabilize and begin to heal.
What to Expect During Treatment
If you suspect that you may be experiencing hormone deficiency, the good news is that treatment is incredibly streamlined and designed to fit into every lifestyle, no matter how busy. Once you’re approved for treatment, you’ll have just a few appointments per year to maintain a healthy hormonal balance.
The first step is to sit down with a doctor for an initial consultation. This gives you the chance to ask any questions you may have about treatment. In addition, your doctor will be able to ask you about your symptoms and help you determine your candidacy for treatment. This involves testing for hormone deficiency and recommending a course of treatment designed for you, which is based on how unbalanced your hormone levels are at the beginning of treatment. Once you’re approved for BHRT, you can look forward to your first appointment.
At your appointment, your doctor will clean the insertion point and prepare for your insertion with a topical or injectable anesthetic. They will then use a small scalpel to reach the subcutaneous layer of skin, where the implant will sit. Next, the hormone pellets will be loaded into a special injection tool. Your doctor will insert the needle of this tool under the skin and deposit the pellets. Finally, your doctor will close the tiny wound created with the scalpel and put a bandage over the injection site to protect your skin as it heals. Generally, the entire injection process takes about 15 minutes.
After the procedure, you will probably experience mild tenderness at the injection site. This is normal, and as your skin heals, the tenderness should subside within a few days. Otherwise, you will barely notice the tiny pellets under your skin. As time passes, the pellets will gradually release hormones, which your body will use to begin rebalancing your hormone levels. Most patients report feeling an instant boost over the first few days as your body acclimates to the pellets. After this, you should experience a steady increase in energy and a significant decrease in your symptoms.
For most patients, pellets release hormones over 3-4 months before dissolving, and pellet insertions are scheduled 3-5 times per year to maintain a healthy balance in the body. Thanks to the simplicity of BHRT, patients can focus on the important things in life.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
For men and women of all ages, hormone therapy can be an excellent way to improve overall health as well as address specific concerns that are caused by a hormone deficiency. Whether you’re noticing symptoms in your early 30s and want to address the issue early or want to reverse the side effects of hormone deficiency in your 60s, treatment can be effective for most patients.
The plant-based, bio-identical hormones used in BHRT are designed to be used by the body to balance hormone levels and encourage healing. They’re also made to be safe and effective as a treatment option for almost all bodies. Most patients are able to pursue treatment, but you should consult your doctor during your initial consultation to ensure that this treatment is right for you.
Contact Us to Learn More!
If you’re living with a diagnosed or suspected hormone deficiency, the time for change is now. Don’t let the symptoms of hormonal imbalance steal enjoyment from your everyday life or negatively affect your health as you grow older. To learn more about hormone replacement therapy or find a practitioner in your area, contact one of our Pellecome providers.