If you’re feeling run down, have low energy, or are dealing with other symptoms that seem to have no explanation, you may be suffering from hormonal imbalance. This is a condition that can affect both men and women, and it can lead to a wide variety of health problems. Luckily, there is help available. MacMeda Spa in Milford, Framingham, and Hopedale, MA, offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to help restore balance in your body.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
BHRT is a treatment that helps to restore hormonal balance in both males and females. The hormones used in BHRT are identical to the ones produced naturally by the body, which makes them more effective than synthetic hormones.
BHRT can be used to treat a variety of symptoms associated with hormone imbalances, such as low libido, fatigue, weight gain, and mood swings. In addition, BHRT can also help to improve bone density and reduce the risk of heart disease. Hormone pellet therapy can also help relieve symptoms of menopause.
1. Women Experiencing Menopause Symptoms
The menopause transition can be a difficult time for many women, marked by several symptoms that can have a significant impact on quality of life. Common menopause symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and vaginal dryness. These symptoms can often interfere with work, social activities, and intimate relationships.
BHRT therapy can be an effective way to alleviate menopause symptoms and help women regain their quality of life. BHRT therapy involves the use of hormones to replace the hormones that are lost during menopause. Hormone pellet therapy is individualized, so it’s crucial to work with our healthcare providers to find the right hormone dosage and delivery method for you.
2. Patients Experiencing Low Libido
Low libido, or reduced sexual desire, is a common problem that affects both men and women. Although it can be caused by several factors, such as stress or relationship problems, low libido can also be a side effect of certain medications or medical conditions. BHRT therapy is one treatment option that can help to improve low libido. The treatment involves using hormone replacement therapy to correct imbalances in the body that may be contributing to the problem.
For example, if low testosterone levels are causing your low libido, BHRT therapy can help to increase your levels back to normal. BHRT therapy can also help to improve other symptoms of low libido, such as fatigue and depression.
3. Patients Struggling With Weight Gain or Difficulty Losing Weight
For many people, trying to lose weight or gain weight can be a frustrating experience. No matter how hard you diet or exercise, the results can be disappointing. And, as you get older, it can become even more difficult to achieve your desired weight. One reason for this is that our hormones play a major role in regulating our metabolism and appetite.
As we age, our hormone levels change, which can make it harder to lose weight or keep it off. That’s why bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be an effective treatment for those who are struggling with their weight. BHRT helps to restore hormone levels to where they were when we were younger, making it easier to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
4. Patients Having Trouble Sleeping Through the Night
According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly one-third of Americans suffer from some form of insomnia. Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, and it can have a major impact on overall health. Common effects of insomnia include fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. In some cases, insomnia can even lead to depression. There are many different causes of insomnia, including stress, anxiety, and medical conditions. However, one cause that is often overlooked is hormone imbalance.
Imbalance of the hormones cortisol and melatonin can disrupt the body’s natural sleep cycle, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Hormone pellet therapy can help to regulate the hormones that affect sleep, allowing patients to get the rest they need. In addition, pellet therapy can also help to reduce stress levels, making it easier for patients to relax and fall asleep. If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, talk to our doctor about whether BHRT might be right for you.
5. Patients Experiencing Anxiety or Depression
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults each year. Patients who suffer from anxiety or depression often feel hopeless, exhausted, and unable to concentrate on everyday tasks. Common causes of anxiety include genetic predisposition, chronic stress, and imbalanced hormones.
Symptoms of anxiety can include racing heart, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, and nausea. For many people, hormone imbalances are one of the contributing factors to anxiety and depression. When levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are out of balance, it can trigger symptoms of anxiety and depression. Hormone pellet therapy can help to restore hormone levels to their natural state, providing relief from anxiety and depression.
6. Women Who Have Had Ovaries Removed Before Menopause
Ovary removal is most commonly performed as part of a hysterectomy (the surgical removal of the uterus). However, it may also be done as a standalone procedure to treat ovarian cancer or other conditions. Regardless of the reason for ovary removal, it typically leads to symptoms of menopause. This is because the ovaries are the primary source of estrogen in premenopausal women.
Without estrogen, the body goes into menopausal transition, which can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. For this reason, many women who have had their ovaries removed opt for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help mitigate the symptoms of menopause by replacing the missing hormones. While HRT is not right for every hysterectomy patient, it can be an effective way to improve quality of life for many women who have undergone ovary removal.
7. Patients With Thyroid Problems
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that regulate metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature. Thyroid problems can occur when the gland is unable to produce enough hormones (hypothyroidism) or when it produces too much (hyperthyroidism). Symptoms of thyroid problems include fatigue, weight gain or loss, hair loss, mood changes, and feeling cold or hot all the time.
BHRT therapy can help to correct hormone imbalances and alleviate these symptoms. During BHRT therapy, we will place an implant under the skin containing synthetic hormones that mimic the hormones produced by the thyroid gland. The implant then releases small doses of hormones to help patients achieve a balance of thyroid hormones and improve their overall health.
Who Is Not a Good Candidate for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
1. People With a History of Blood Clots
Blood clots are a serious medical condition that can occur when the blood thickens and clumps together. This can happen for different reasons, including an injury, surgery, or an underlying medical condition. Hormone replacement therapy can also increase the risk for blood clots if you have a history of blood clots. Be sure to speak with our doctor before starting pellet therapy if you are at an increased risk of developing blood clots.
Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including nicotine, carbon monoxide, and arsenic. These chemicals can disrupt your body’s hormone balance, causing a variety of issues, such as weight gain, mood swings, and infertility. In addition, smoking increases your risk of developing blood clots by damaging the walls of your blood vessels. If you are considering BHRT, it is advisable to quit smoking first to reduce the risk of adverse reactions.
3. Patients Who Have Had Reproductive Cancer
While hormone replacement therapy can be an effective way to address the symptoms of menopause, patients who have previously had a form of reproductive cancer should not consider this type of treatment. Cancers that are fueled by hormones, such as breast cancer, can come back if you start HRT. For these reasons, it is important to discuss your history of cancer with our doctor before starting any form of HRT.
Get Back to Feeling Like Yourself With Hormone Pellet Therapy!
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above and have not found relief with other treatments, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be a good option for you. Contact us at MacMeda Spa in Milford, MA to schedule a consultation and find out more about this treatment.