Almost everyone knows about the outward signs of aging, such as the development of fine lines and wrinkles. But it’s easy to miss the signs of aging happening on the inside.
As we age, our endocrine system — the system responsible for producing, regulating, and secreting hormones — begins to slow down.
However, humans require a certain balance of hormones to function normally. A decline in hormone production can lead to hormonal imbalances within your body that may have far-reaching effects on the rest of your body’s systems.
If you find yourself feeling more irritable, tired, or forgetful, it’s possible that it’s not just your body getting older. A hormonal imbalance could be to blame.
At Reflections Medical Spa in Cartersville, GA, we can help restore balance to your body using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Keep reading to learn more and find out if hormone therapy could be right for you.
What Is Hormone Therapy?
Hormone therapy simply refers to any medical treatment that uses hormones. While hormone therapy can sometimes be used to treat certain diseases and cancers, it’s most commonly used to correct hormone imbalances.
Hormone therapy aims to restore the balance among critical hormones such as:
There’s a common misconception that women only need estrogen and men only need testosterone. But the truth is, both men and women require a delicate balance of all three hormones and more to function at our best.
What Symptoms Can Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Treat?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help relieve many of the symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances in men and women, including:
- Low energy levels
- Chronic fatigue
- Unexplained weight gain
- Hot flashes
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Sleep trouble
- Night sweats
- Decreased libido
- Pain during intercourse
If you’re a woman, you might have noticed that many of these symptoms are commonly associated with perimenopause and menopause. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a common treatment for women going through these life stages, which involve a series of significant changes in hormone levels.
While bioidentical hormone replacement therapy cannot stop menopause from happening, it can minimize many of the undesirable side effects that come with it.
Traditional vs. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Traditional hormone replacement therapy frequently uses synthetic hormones and hormones derived from the urine of pregnant horses. By contrast, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy consists of naturally derived hormones that are biologically identical to the ones already found in our bodies.
In this manner, it’s easier for your body to absorb the hormones, and there’s a much lower risk of your body rejecting them.
For these reasons, at Reflections Medical Spa, we believe that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the ideal method for correcting hormonal imbalances in men and women.
Bioidentical hormones come in numerous forms, including:
- Implantable pellets
At Reflections Medical Spa, our team is committed to helping you feel more like yourself again with our cutting-edge bioidentical pellet therapy.
Why Is Pellet Therapy Better Than Other Forms of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Compared to other forms of bioidentical hormones, implantable pellets offer the highest degree of convenience and consistency.
With pellets, you don’t have to remember to take a pill every day or follow a strict application schedule like with gels, patches, and creams. Once implanted, you can virtually forget about the pellet and let it go to work. This ease of use makes the pellet the most convenient form of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Additionally, creams and gels may not be consistent in potency and can sometimes cause a roller-coaster feeling while you wait for them to kick in and as their effects wear off. Needless to say, many people find this unpleasant.
However, bioidentical hormone replacement pellets provide consistent, small doses of hormones as your body needs them. Your bloodstream can quickly absorb the hormones released by the pellets since they don’t have to pass through several layers of skin or your gastrointestinal system.
How Does the Bioidentical Pellet Therapy Procedure Work?
Once we determine that you’re a good candidate for bioidentical pellet therapy, the implantation itself is relatively quick and simple.
First, we administer a local anesthetic to make sure that you stay comfortable throughout the procedure. Then, we make a small incision just above your hip. We place the pellet under your skin and close the incision.
The pellet is only about as big as a grain of rice, so it doesn’t cause any discomfort after implantation and only requires a very small incision.
We will provide you with all of the necessary aftercare instructions, but it’s pretty straightforward. Just keep an eye on the incision, keep it clean, and make sure the incision is healing properly.
How Long Do the Pellets Last?
The effects you feel from the hormone pellets typically last between three and six months. After that, you can come back to Reflections Medical Spa and we can implant a new one. The original pellet doesn’t have to be removed because it slowly dissolves in your body. By the time the effects have worn off, the pellet has dissipated completely.
This timeline means you could effectively treat your hormone imbalance with as little as two office visits per year.
Get Started with the Best Bioidentical Pellet Therapy in Cartersville, GA
At Reflections Medical Spa in Cartersville, GA, you can rest easy knowing you’re in the hands of experienced professionals. To learn more about bioidentical pellet therapy and set up your consultation, reach out to our friendly team of experts today.