The aging process affects every area of our bodies, both inside and out, and our hormones are no exception. Hormonal fluctuations, particularly as we approach menopause, lead to a host of symptoms that may impact our daily function and even our quality of life. Restoring balance to hormone levels offers far-reaching benefits, both in terms of how we look and how we feel. In fact, that ability to regulate hormone levels can even reduce the risk of some types of age-related illnesses. Dr. Lively offers natural hormone replacement for this purpose, which provides all of the benefits of synthetic hormone therapy without the associated risks.

What is hormone replacement?

Bio-identical hormone therapy is a way to replenish hormone levels in a fashion that is an exact duplicate of the hormones naturally produced by your body. These substances are professionally compounded based on your personal levels, to give you the precise hormones your body needs – no more, no less. They are the closest match available to the body’s form of estradiol and testosterone, eliminating the problems associated with synthetic hormones that are not as biocompatible.

Bio-identical hormone therapy started to be of interest shortly after the turn of the century, when studies began to indicate that synthetic hormone therapy was associated with an elevated risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Despite the benefits offered by these medications, women began to seek more natural, less hazardous ways to counter the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. This is the climate in which bio-identical hormone therapy came into its own.

What are the benefits?

Hormone replacement therapy offers relief from many menopausal symptoms, including:

  • Irregular bleeding, shorter menstrual cycles
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low sex drive, painful intercourse
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of bone density
  • Lack of energy
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and depression

In addition, bio-identical hormone therapy may reduce your risks for some types of age-related diseases, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. If you are in your 30s, 40s or 50s and experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lively to find out if hormone replacement therapy might be the right choice for you.

Is hormone replacement therapy right for you?

Women that are struggling with any of the symptoms listed above may be experiencing the early stage of menopause, known as perimenopause. This phase can begin as early as the 30s and last for many years before menopause commences for real. During those years, symptoms can become quite pronounced and begin to interfere with daily life. Hormone replacement may help alleviate the issues, making it easier for you to survive the perimenopausal years until your body finds natural balance once again.

How do I know hormone replacement works?

Bio-identical hormone replacement is not a new concept; in fact, it has been studied in depth since 1939. While the hormones have only been introduced in the United States in the past couple of decades, they have been safely and successfully used in other countries like France and Japan for much longer. Today, they are prescribed more frequently by U.S. physicians that have tuned into the many benefits this method of hormone therapy can provide.

What can I expect from the process?

Before the hormone replacement can begin, you must undergo blood tests to determine where your current hormone levels are. This allows Dr. Lively to prescribe the precise hormone levels you need to restore balance to your body. The hormones are created through a compounding pharmacy that specializes in bio-identical hormone therapy, and are delivered to your physician in small pellets about the size of a grain of rice.

Dr. Lively then places the pellet by injection into your fatty tissue just underneath the skin’s surface. The procedure takes just a few minutes to complete in the office, and you will be able to return to your regular activities right away. There is little discomfort during the procedure, and you shouldn’t have any pain or side effects afterward.

What should I expect from my results?

You will begin to notice some initial improvement in your symptoms as early as 2-3 days after your injection. Optimal results will usually be seen about three weeks after your procedure and may last for a number of months before another injection is needed. The pellets are crafted of pure hormones and will slowly be dissolved by the body over time, requiring the insertion of a subsequent pellet to maintain your positive outcome. Everyone processes the hormones a bit differently, but most of our patients can go 3-6 months before needing their next injection.

Hormone replacement therapy is a safe and efficient way to counter the effects of menopause and help you meet that life change head-on. The natural aspect of the treatment ensures you can experience relief from uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal fluctuations without worry over increased risk of side effects from synthetic hormones. To find out more about bio-identical hormone therapy, contact Dr. Lively’s office at 432-580-9168.