September is National Menopause Awareness Month and a topic well worth discussing. Menopause and the transitional time preceding it impacts a woman’s life in unexpected ways. Hormonal shifts bring changes that are disruptive to her life, health, and vitality. Now that women in the United States have a life expectancy of 78.6 years, the average woman can expect to spend 1/3 of her lifetime in this menopausal state. Every woman wants this process to be as easy as possible.
Menopause is defined as the cessation of menstrual periods for twelve months. This can be the result of the natural aging process, surgical removal of the ovaries, or a chemically induced “shutdown” of the ovaries through chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Whether natural or induced, it does not happen overnight and is oftentimes accompanied by a host of unwanted side effects that last for years.
The most common complaints are:
- Weight gain or an inability to lose weight: belly fat, “pears become apples”
- Heart discomfort: heart skipping, racing, tightness
- Depression or mood swings
- Irritability, feeling nervous, inner tension, aggressive
- Anxiety: inner restlessness, feeling panicky
- Hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia
- Vaginal atrophy: dryness, itching, burning, painful intercourse
- Sexual problems: Loss of desire, change in activity, and satisfaction
- Irregular periods: Earlier or later, heavier and longer, or lighter and more infrequent
- Bladder problems: difficulty urinating, bladder incontinence, frequent UTIs
- Difficulty concentrating, mental fogginess, and forgetfulness
- Dry skin and hair loss
- Extreme fatigue and decrease in performance
What is the answer?
Hormones. They are both the cause and the cure for what ails women. The best way to manage these symptoms of Menopause is to replace the hormones which are depleted or out of balance. Hormones control almost everything in the body, but most certainly these menopausal complaints. Traditional medicine usually treats these symptoms with anti-depressants and synthetic hormones administered by injection, pills, suppositories, creams, or gels, all of which produce fluctuating, uneven results.
We here at Southeast Sculpting+Rejuvenation believe there is a better method using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or BHRT. These hormones are derived from plants and are chemically identical to those found in the human body. When delivered through pellet insertion, the patient can expect to see improvements in symptom relief, health, and vitality.
How is pellet therapy different?
It is a personal, customized treatment for you and you alone.
Hormones delivered by pellet:
Do not affect the menstrual cycle.
Do not affect blood pressure, lipid levels, glucose, or liver functions.
Do not affect clotting factors or raise the risk of thrombosis.
Pellets not only prevent bone loss but increase bone density.
Pellets offer consistent improvement in menopausal side effects.
Pellets offer consistent, long term results.
Long term use promotes cardiovascular health.
In short, pellet therapy is reliable, safe, and highly effective.
If you are interested in learning more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy as it relates to Menopause, we invite you to attend an evening of Cocktails and Conversation on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 with our physicians here at Southeast Sculpting+Rejuvenation. Drs. Hilton and Robinson will be on hand to informally answer your questions and concerns. Call our office at 803-396-2727 to reserve your spot.