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, there is help available from the women’s health experts at North Texas OB/GYN.
Find out why hormone replacement specialist, Dr. Ralph E. Joseph, often recommends you consider hormone replacement with pellet implants to address the symptoms of menopause.
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.
Though it isn’t the fountain of youth some claim, physician-supervised hormone replacement therapy (HRT) offsets natural drops in estrogen and helps prevent symptoms such as:
HRT may also help protect against chronic medical conditions sometimes associated with loss of estrogen, such as decreased bone density (osteoporosis).
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.
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.
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 HRT that closely resembles the way your body produces hormones.
At North Texas OB/GYN, we use a variety of lab tests and other diagnostic studies to calculate your hormone deficiencies. Rather than prescribing a generic range of hormones that may or may not address your symptoms, we use diagnostic results to design an HRT regimen that fits your specific needs. 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, schedule a visit at North Texas OB/GYN to find out more about HRT with convenient and effective pellet implants. Either call the office or book online for Dr. Ralph Joseph or Dr. Karen Edwards-Kim you can also use the convenient online booking tool.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!