It’s been a long time since you’ve felt your best. Has it been so long you are not even sure it’s possible to feel well again?
There are a lot of reasons that you may be out of sorts. Sometimes it all comes down to hormones. And for a long time, we’ve been told that we have to live with hormonal imbalance. But that’s not true.
Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) has had amazing results in rebalancing hormone levels. So, if your hormones have been out of whack, hormone therapy for women may be just what you need to experience a striking difference in how you feel.
Today, we’ll focus on a specific hormone: testosterone. We’ll discuss testosterone therapy for women:
- What it’s used for
- How it works
- Where you can find it
Let’s Take a Quick Look at Testosterone
Sometimes we forget the hormone testosterone is as vital to the proper functioning of a woman’s body like estrogen and progesterone. But it is.
Testosterone is an androgen. It’s a “male” sex hormone that plays an important part in reproduction, growth, and maintenance of a healthy body.
In the male body, testosterone is produced mainly in the testes. In a woman’s body, testosterone is produced in the:
- Adrenal glands
- Fat cells
- Skin cells
Women’s bodies make about 1/10th to 1/20th of the amount of testosterone as men’s bodies.
For women, testosterone plays an important role in:
During puberty, the female body experiences a surge of testosterone. The testosterone is quickly converted into estrogen, which is why females don’t develop male characteristics like facial hair or deeper voices.
If for some reason, a woman’s body produces an excess amount of testosterone or other androgens, their body can’t keep up with converting it to estrogen.
When this happens, they may experience masculinization (virilization) and develop male secondary sex characteristics, such as facial hair and male pattern baldness. As men and women age, it’s natural for their bodies to produce less testosterone.
Testosterone Levels Fluctuate
Our bodies need both estrogen and testosterone hormones for proper function. And although it’s more common to hear about it in men, low testosterone is also a women’s issue. A woman with low testosterone may have serious health consequences and symptoms.
While women don’t naturally have as high levels of testosterone as men, there are severe physical and emotional repercussions that can occur if levels are not balanced.
Testosterone levels don’t stay the same all the time. They fluctuate naturally throughout different times, like during menstrual cycles, or even just throughout the day.
The guidelines surrounding a “normal” amount of testosterone differs, so it’s important to involve an expert in working with you to regain balance.
Low testosterone in women often stems from issues with their ovaries, or the pituitary or adrenal glands.
Most women who are diagnosed with low testosterone are experiencing menopause or are peri-menopausal. This is a natural shift as women age.
Their ovaries produce lower levels of hormones, and estrogen and testosterone are typically the first to decline.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Women
- Decreased sexual satisfaction
- Weight gain
- Reduced sex drive
- Fertility issues
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of bone density
- Vaginal dryness
- Sleep disturbances
- Irregular menstrual cycles
If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider so you can get on an appropriate treatment plan, and get back to feeling your best!
How Testosterone Therapy Can Get You Back on Track
Basically, when your hormones are out of balance, the best treatment is to rebalance them. BHRT is a simple and effective way to make that happen.
Here’s when it may be appropriate, you are:
- Experiencing surgically induced menopause and have symptoms like reduced sex drive, depression, and fatigue. You’ve tried estrogen therapy, but it hasn’t relieved your symptoms.
- In the postmenopausal stage of life, and are taking estrogen therapy and have a decreased sex drive with no other identifiable causes.
- Suffer from endometriosis and uterine fibroids and are looking for a therapy that does not affect your menstrual cycle.
- Experiencing symptoms of menopause like:
- In need of a therapy that will attend to lethargy, depression, loss of libido, and hot flashes as well as cardiac and lipid profiles.
- Suffering from severe premenstrual syndrome that is unresponsive to other forms of therapy— and want to do so without adverse effects.
- Treating one density issues with oral and topical (both the patch and gel) hormone replacement therapy but aren’t getting the results you desire.
- Wanting to prevent bone loss as well as increase bone density.
Why We Prefer Pellet Therapy
Testosterone therapy comes in many forms, such as creams, gels, patches, pills, and pellets. The method of administration and dose relates to safety risks, so it’s essential to discuss the pros and cons of your provider. When it comes to BHRT therapies, we prefer using pellets, and here’s why.
Put into practice at one of the largest known hormone pellet therapy providers in the country, the formulation yielded the following results:
- Reduced scar tissue.
- Less boosts required in new patients.
- Fewer office visits. Instead of daily treatments, most patients only have to visit a practitioner 2-3 times per year for pellet implants.
- Quicker and more consistent absorption. Pellets deliver a steady stream of hormones – when the body needs it – mimicking the way the body naturally releases hormones.
- Increased practitioner and patient satisfaction. Period.
While convenience is essential to patients, successfully alleviating the symptoms of imbalanced hormones is one of the main reasons patients turn to EvexiPEL providers for help.
Thanks to the integrated approach implemented by EvexiPEL providers, patients can discover the underlying causes of their health concerns and receive a more balanced treatment plan, which increases the likelihood of long-lasting positive results for their wellbeing.
How Pellet Therapy Works
The practitioner makes a tiny incision – usually in the buttocks or flank – then inserts the pellets into the fatty tissue under the skin. The provider then closes the incision without the need for stitches.
To prevent patient discomfort, a local anesthetic is applied to the insertion site before the procedure. In response to physical activity or emotional stress (whether it’s good stress or bad), the pellets release estradiol and testosterone into the body.
Thanks to the pellets, which are securely tucked away beneath the skin, the patient receives a steady stream of hormones, which keeps annoying mood and energy fluctuations at bay.
Pellets Are Customized for Your Specific Needs
EvexiPEL uses pellets provided by a compounding pharmacy that contains a specific formulation to help provide better patient results.
This means that your provider has much more control over how much hormone is being consistently delivered and can adjust the level easily if needed.
Our Approach to BHRT Pellet Therapy
In most cases, a pharmaceutical pill will not address hormonal imbalances or emotional variables. What does address both of those factors, though, is EvexiPEL’s tried and true integrated approach to hormone optimization, hormone pellets. Here’s why our approach works!
Instead of putting something synthetic into your body, we use hormone pellets derived from natural, plant-based substances. Since they are derived from nature, plant-based hormones metabolize in the body, just the way nature intended.
This means we can cater each pellet to each patient’s individual needs. It also means that the pellets will metabolize naturally into your body, without causing adverse side effects.
This is particularly effective in cases of low testosterone, where a large part of the issue can usually be treated by addressing hormonal imbalances.
We Can Help
We’re prepared to “attack” on all cylinders. At EvexiPEL, we don’t just stick a pellet in your body and move on!
Our providers spend as much time as necessary, talking with their patients. This means they will not stop until they have uncovered the root cause (or causes) of the issues their patients are having.
This could require:
- Several tests and follow-up tests
- Multiple conversations
- Open communication
Whatever you need, our providers will be there for you. Once the root cause of – in this case – low libido – is uncovered, our practitioners will work with you to devise a unique and effective treatment plan.
With issues such as menopause, this treatment plan will often involve what is sometimes thought of as unconventional treatment methods. This could mean seeking counseling detoxifying your environment or emotional well-being, nutritional supplementation, adjusting nutrition and exercise regimens, and more.
Either way, we’re here to work from the bottom up, not just to put a band-aid on your problems.