Hot flashes associated with menopause may be the most familiar complaint regarding this life transition – and they’re bad enough – but other menopausal effects can also create chaos in your life. Symptoms such as drying skin, thinning hair, difficulty sleeping, shifting moods, and increased fatigue often make it difficult to carry out your daily routine.
Lifestyle changes such as following a nutritious diet, increased physical activity, and dressing in layers to help defeat hot flashes make a difference. But if menopause symptoms continue to interfere with your life and sense of wellbeing, it may be time to consider a hormone pellet therapy for your menopause symptoms. Here’s why:
1. Hormone replacement offers effective symptom relief
Menopausal symptoms are related to drops in hormone levels, namely estrogen, that occur as your reproductive system prepares to shut down. It’s a natural part of aging.
Many women are surprised to discover, however, that this transition typically begins in the 40s and advances through your early 50s, which means these unwanted symptoms can affect your life for several years.
Physician-supervised hormone replacement therapy (HRT) offsets natural drops in estrogen and helps prevent symptoms such as:
- Hot flashes and drenching night sweats
- Vaginal changes such as thinning skin and loss of elasticity
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Irritability and mood swings
- Difficulty sleeping, daytime sleepiness, and fatigue
- Distractibility and mental confusion or memory loss
Hormone replacement therapy may also help protect against chronic medical conditions sometimes associated with loss of estrogen, such as decreased bone density (osteoporosis).
2. Bioidentical hormones used in pellet implants mimic nature.
Hormone pellet implants are created with bioidentical hormones, which are valued because their molecular structure is identical to the hormones your body produces naturally. This helps reduce the risk of side effects sometimes caused by other synthetically produced hormones.
3. Pellet implants used for hormone replacement are convenient
It takes just a few minutes to implant hormone pellets during an office visit. They’re placed just under the surface of your skin, typically in the lower abdomen or buttock region. The pellets are about the size of a grain of rice, and we use a local anesthetic to make sure the procedure is essentially painless. Once the implant is in place, you don’t have to worry about taking a daily pill to level your hormones.
4. Pellet implants provide long-lasting relief for menopause symptoms
The implant lasts for three to four months and delivers a constant level of hormone replacement rather than the sudden surge you’d receive with taking a pill. This delivery approach also provides a more natural form of hormone replacement therapy that closely resembles the way your body produces hormones.
5. Pellet implant hormone replacement is tailored for each patient
At Chapel Hill Gynecology, proper hormone levels are determined individually for each patient using the comprehensive BioTE blood work analysis. The hormone pellet dosing is customized to your body’s needs so that you get the treatment that’s right for you. And because the process is monitored and conclusions are reached by a physician, you can rely on its accuracy and effectiveness.
If menopause symptoms are wrecking your days and nights, call (919) 960-2720 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karen Clark of Chapel Hill Gynecology to find out more about hormone replacement therapy with convenient and effective pellet implants. Understanding how vital hormone balance is for quality of life and optimal physical, mental, and sexual function, Dr. Clark has extensive experience in helping women choose a hormone regimen that is right for them.