Hormone Replacement Therapy
After a certain age, women naturally stop producing estrogens and other hormones their bodies have always produced. This period called menopause usually occurs around the age of 40-50. With the decline in hormone levels, women often experience side effects such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes and changes in mood. Hormone replacement therapy is recommended to restore the balance of hormones, extending their protective benefits and alleviating symptoms.
Unlike women, men experience a more gradual decrease in hormone levels which starts around the age of 30 and reduces by 1% each year. This change, referred to as andropause, slowly starts affecting their quality of life. For some, andropause can be more pronounced. Studies show that 39% of men above the age of 45 and half of all men above the age of 60 have low testosterone levels (<300ng/mL). Low testosterone levels can cause erectile dysfunction, weakness, loss of bone and muscle mass, increased body fat, impaired memory, irritability, depression and insomnia. It has also been associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and osteoporosis. Hormone replacement therapy in men is aimed at restoring the level of testosterone to reverse these adverse effects.
Replacement hormones can come in different forms, with some having harmful side effects. To avoid complications and improve benefits, hormones from natural sources are now being engineered so that its molecular structure is identical to what the body produces. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy improves physical stature, sexual function and psychological well-being while reducing the risk of cardiovascular and other diseases thus positively impacting your quality of life. Bioidentical hormones are available as creams, tablets and pellets. Pro-Pell is a pellet form that provides effective hormone replacement in both men and women. Pro-Pell is implanted under the skin and raises hormone levels to a healthy level for an extended period (3-4 months).