What are the Symptoms of Hormone Changes in Men and Women?
As men and women age testosterone and estrogen levels begin to drop. In women, this is known as menopause and in men this is known as andropause. In men, low levels of testosterone can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, osteoporosis and diabetes. It is estimated that 40% of men between the ages of 54 to 64 have low testosterone levels.
In women, estrogen levels begin to drop between the ages of 48 to 55 years. This decrease in estrogen levels leads to menopause. Menopause can cause:
- Hot flashes
- Sleep problems
- Night sweats
- Mood changes
- Weight gain
- Vaginal Dryness
According to the North American Menopause Society, about 75% of women experience unwanted menopause symptoms. The goal of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is to alleviate the unwanted symptoms of menopause and andropause by reestablishing a hormone balance. Men and women who are experiencing excessive weight gain, low sex drive, mood swings, depression, and trouble sleeping are candidates for Pro-Pell bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
What is Pro-Pell Therapy?
Pro-Pell therapy is a bio-identical hormone replacement treatment for both men and women. Pro-Pell therapy is administered through small pellets that are placed under the skin. These pellets are slightly larger than a grain of rice and are made up of either testosterone or estradiol. Once placed under the skin, these pellets deliver a consistent release of hormone levels over a period of time, typically 3-6 months. Some patients report improvements in unwanted symptoms as quickly as 24-48 hours, while others may take one to two to notice a difference.
How is Pro-Pell Therapy Administered?
The hormone pellets are made by licensed compounding pharmacists. Your healthcare professional will determine the correct dosage of hormones. Insertion of the small pellet is a simple and relatively painless procedure performed under local anesthesia. Pellets are typically inserted in the hip through a small incision which is taped closed. Following the procedure, it is advised to avoid exposure to moisture (hot tubs, bath tubs, swimming) for 4 to 5 days. Vigorous physical activity should also be avoided for 48 hours in women and up to 5 to 7 days in men.
What are the Benefits of Pro-Pell Therapy?
Pro-Pell therapy deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3-6 months. This consistent dosage of hormones helps eliminate fluctuation in hormone levels, which is commonly seen in conventional and synthetic hormone therapies. Compared to other hormone replacement therapies, Pro-Pell pellets do not increase the risk of blood clots.
In studies, pellet bio-identical hormone replacement therapy has shown to be superior for relief of menopause symptoms, restoration of sleep patterns, improved sex drive and maintenance of bone density compared to other conventional hormone replacement therapies. Studies also report that patients that fail to respond to other conventional hormone therapies have a high success rate with Pro-Pell therapy.