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11 Oct 2017

A Comprehensive Guide to Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

At Innovative Health and Wellness Center, we offer hormone replacement therapy for a variety of reasons. For our female patients, we most typically use it as a treatment of menopausal symptoms, as well as symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). You may have hesitations about hormone replacement therapy, but when administered properly and for the right reasons, it is perfectly safe and can be quite effective. Read on to learn more about hormone replacement therapy for women and how it may help you.

What is hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?

Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, is a treatment that is used to address abnormal hormone levels. In women, this comes either in the form of estrogen therapy (ET) or estrogen with progesterone therapy (EPT).

Why hormone replacement therapy?

Estrogen and progesterone both play important roles in the body. In the reproductive system, together, the two hormones thicken the lining of the uterus to facilitate egg implantation. Estrogen also helps the body process calcium, maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and aids in vaginal health.

When menopause begins, the amount of these two crucial hormones drops. This is what causes menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, pain with intercourse, mood swings, trouble sleeping, and vaginal dryness. It can also put you at greater risk of osteoporosis. Hormone replacement therapy supplements these hormones, easing menopausal symptoms and protecting against osteoporosis.

Additionally, hormone replacement therapy may be used to help women with polycystic ovarian syndrome to manage their symptoms. PCOS is a hormonal disorder experienced by women of reproductive age that can cause symptoms such as irregular menstrual periods, acne, and excess facial hair. Women with PCOS often come into our clinic for hormone replacement therapy to address their symptoms.

What is the difference between the different types of therapy?

Estrogen-only therapy, or ET, is prescribed for surgical menopause and provides the most relief from menopausal symptoms. Surgical menopause occurs when a woman has a hysterectomy and therefore, doesn’t have a uterus.

Estrogen-progesterone therapy (EPT) is a treatment that uses both estrogen and progesterone. Progesterone is added in order to protect women with a uterus from endometrial cancer, as estrogen alone can cause it.

How do you take hormone replacement therapy?

In general, there are two ways to take hormone replacement therapy:

  • Systemic products: this type of treatment is goes through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. They can be given through oral pills, patches, gels, sprays, emulsions, or injections and are used to treat night sweats, hot flashes, and vaginal symptoms, as well as combat osteoporosis.
  • Local products: in contrast, this type of treatment is only directed at a specific area of the body and come in the form of a cream, tablet or ring. In general, these are used to treat vaginal symptoms.

What are the benefits?

There are hundreds of research studies that suggest that systemic hormone replacement therapy is effective in treating vaginal dryness, hot flashes, bone loss, and night sweats, which can also lead to improved sleep, sex, and quality of life. HRT may be most effective for women who experience vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and night sweats.

Hormone replacement therapy may be able to help you with your symptoms. To find out more, contract Innovative Health and Wellness in Buckhead today.

10 Sep 2017

A Comprehensive Guide to Testosterone Replacement Therapy

At Innovative Health and Wellness, we provide testosterone replacement therapy because we have seen for ourselves how it can transform the lives of men with low testosterone. When you experience symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating, low sex drive, increased fat, and decreased muscle mass, it’s hard to live life to the fullest. With testosterone replacement therapy, you can get back to feeling like yourself again. Read on to learn more about testosterone replacement therapy.

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is the male sex organ. It is responsible for the development and maintenance of the male reproductive organs and characteristics. The testes produce testosterone, while the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. Testosterone also plays a role in body hair growth, muscle strength, sex drive, fat distribution, mood, and bone strength.

What is a normal level of testosterone for men?

Between 350 ng/dL and 1000 ng/dL of testosterone is considered normal for men. The brain and the testes work in tandem to regulate testosterone levels. The brain releases hormones that stimulate testosterone production, as well as a second hormone that regulates the release of testosterone. When testosterone levels are low, this system is disrupted, and this causes the symptoms of low T.

What causes low testosterone?

Low testosterone can be caused by a variety of conditions. Some examples include:

  • Hormonal disorders
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes (Type 2)
  • Chronic medical conditions (i.e. liver or kidney disease)
  • Medications (narcotics, chemotherapy)
  • Infections

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

Some symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Depression and irritability
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Low libido
  • Low energy
  • Infertility
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle loss

How is low testosterone diagnosed?

Low T is diagnosed with a blood test. When you come into Innovative Health and Wellness, we can check your testosterone levels to determine whether or not they are normal. If they are below normal, we may suggest testosterone replacement therapy as a treatment.

What is testosterone replacement therapy?

Testosterone replacement therapy is a treatment for men with low testosterone using pellets, injections, patches, gels, oral pills, or implants to release synthetic testosterone into the body. At Innovative Health and Wellness in Buckhead, we use testosterone pellets to administer this treatment as we have found it to be the most effective.

What are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy?

You can benefit from testosterone replacement therapy in the following ways:

  • Improved sexual function
  • Higher sexual desire
  • Better mood
  • More energy
  • Greater muscle strength
  • Decreased body fat

What are the risks of testosterone replacement therapy?

Like any medical treatment, testosterone replacement therapy comes with some risks. The potential side effects include:

  • Acne
  • More body hair
  • Sleep apnea
  • Increased red blood cell production
  • Prostate problems
  • Fluid retention

Who should not get testosterone replacement therapy?

If you identify with the symptoms of testosterone replacement therapy and are concerned that you may have it, contact Innovative Health and Wellness and we can help determine whether or not this treatment is right for you. In general, if you have any of the following medical conditions, you should NOT receive testosterone replacement therapy:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Heart failure
  • Erythrocytosis
  • Prostate cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Hyperviscosity

Do you have more questions about testosterone replacement therapy? We are more than happy to answer them for you! Contact us today to discuss with us whether or not testosterone replacement therapy is right for you.

24 May 2017

Signs You May Be Starting Menopause & Effective Treatment Options

Many women think they are too young to start menopause, but the average age for women in the United States to start experiencing menopausal symptoms is 51. It’s common for women to start experience symptoms in their mid to late 40’s. Doctors don’t consider menopause to be early unless you start experiencing symptoms before the age of 40, which surprises many women who feel too young to be starting this new phase of their life.

So are you experiencing the early symptoms of menopause? Or could the symptoms you are experiencing be due to other physical factors? It can be hard to be sure in the beginning, but it’s important to identify your symptoms so you can get the help, support, and medical treatment that you need. Menopause is a big change for your body and can affect your emotions, your relationships, and virtually every area of your life. Self-care, hormone replacement, and other treatments can help you get through it. Make sure you know the signs and symptoms so you can start those treatments as early as possible.

Possible Signs of Menopause

Changes in your menstrual cycle.

This is an easy sign to spot, especially if you’ve always experienced regular menstrual cycles. If your cycles are erratic, though, it might be more difficult. Many women experience changes in their cycles at the onset of menstruation that includes their period becoming more painful, heavier or lighter, or suddenly going off-schedule.

Having hot flashes or night sweats.

This is one of the more well-known symptoms of menopause, so for many women, it’s the first symptom that clues them into the changes happening in their body. It’s not entirely known what causes hot flashes, but it’s thought to be due to the change in hormone levels or due to the effects on the hypothalamus.

Experiencing unexplained changes in mood.

Some women say that going through menopause is like going through a second puberty when it comes to their emotions. They aren’t wrong, at least from a physical standpoint. Your hormones are changing rapidly, and that can have an effect of making you more sensitive, irritable, prone to bouts of depression, or anxious. You might experience massive mood swings, as well, feeling happy one minute and sobbing over a commercial the next.

Changes in your libido.

This can be a frustrating symptom for both you and your partner. Women often feel less sexual as they enter menopause. It might be a decrease in their libido, vaginal dryness, irritable mood, or any number of other factors. While it’s natural, it’s not fun and it can have an effect on your relationships.

How to Manage Your Symptoms

One of the most effective ways to manage your menopause symptoms is through hormone replacement therapy. We offer this treatment in our Buckhead and Woodstock locations. This treatment involves naturally boosting the hormones in your body to replace the levels that are dropping due to menopause. This can help ease or even stop many of the symptoms you are experiencing, including helping level out your mood, give you back your sex drive, and putting a stop to hot flashes. Hormone replacement can help you feel your best even as you go through this major physical change.

If you are interested in learning more about hormone replacement therapy in our Buckhead or Woodstock locations, get in touch with our office to schedule a complimentary consultation.

 

03 Oct 2016

Foods To help With Low Testosterone Levels: Part 3

Welcome to the last installment of this 3 part blog series. If you have been keeping up with us, we have been discussing foods to help men combat their low testosterone levels due to aging. We at Innovative Health and Wellness in Buckhead, want to help you succeed in living the life you want when it comes to keeping up your energy, sex drive, and stamina.

Set up your consultation for our hormone replacement treatment to diminish your low T levels once and for all! Here are some other beneficial foods to implement into your diet to help eliminate low T levels.

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Most men love beef, which is a great news. Beef may get a bad rep for having a lot of fat and causing high cholesterol or other health issues, but it is beneficial for your testosterone levels. Certain cuts like beef liver, have an abundant amount of vitamin D, which is always good for your T levels. Ground beef is another red meat that can help because of the amount of zinc it contains. Just try to maintain the intake of fatty meats your body is getting. Eating meat with your hormone replacement therapy will just help you in the long run.

Beans

Beans are healthy all around. Men should stick to white, kidney, and black beans to reap the best benefits. These both have amazing sources of vitamin D and zinc, two for one special! Beans are also great for your heart because they are full of plant-based proteins.

These foods are known to have many things within them to help with your low testosterone levels. Foods with this nutrient value will also be a favorable combination with your hormone replacement therapy, in Buckhead. Innovative Health and Wellness is a great and local resource for you to get your T levels under control. Don’t live in fear, come in for a consultation. We are professional, caring, and efficient when it comes to explaining and administering our hormone replacement treatment!

26 Sep 2016

Foods To Help Low Testosterone Levels: Part 2

If you have checked out our last blog, we talked about foods that will be able to combat low testosterone levels you may be experiencing from aging. These foods can help you get back the energy, sex drive, and stamina you may be losing from your low T levels.

At Innovative Health and Wellness in Buckhead, we understand your concern with this condition. We also want to offer you our therapeutic testosterone hormone replacement therapy. We use this hormone replacement to help get the lost testosterone back into the body and raise your T levels. You can always call us if you ever have questions or concerns about hormone replacement, and schedule a consultation!

Here are some more foods to help keep your T levels stable.

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In our last blog, we talked about how egg yolks help diminish low T levels, but we want to make sure that men also understand they need a balanced breakfast. Certain cereals and orange juice contain vitamin D, which can help with your testosterone levels, on top of your hormone replacement. Always try to make a hearty and healthy breakfast. You can maybe make eggs, a bowl of cereal, and have some orange juice. That way you are having a complete breakfast full of the items you need to fight off your low testosterone levels.

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When it comes to oysters, they have a very important nutrient within them: Zinc. Zinc is linked to puberty, which is when your testosterone levels are starting to become very high. So, eating oysters or other foods with a lot of zinc can help your low T levels.

We know a lot of people love crab that melts in your mouth and lobster that is too decadent to describe. Well, we have good news! Eating shellfish helps with low T levels! Similar to oysters, these fish have zinc nutrients as well. Alaskan king crab truly is the king, it has the highest zinc content within the shellfish family.

Remember to always come into Innovative Health and Wellness, if you have questions or concerns about our hormone replacement, in Buckhead. Innovative wellness is here for the information you want to know, and the hormone replacement that will get you back to your old self. Call us today! Check out our next blog for the next installment of this series: Foods to help combat low T levels: Part 3

20 Sep 2016

Foods That Help Low Testosterone Levels: Part 1

When it comes to getting older, men experience a lot of changes. They can potentially lose their hair or it will go gray; they may get tired more often, gain a little weight, and their testosterone levels may decrease. The main culprit in the above is from testosterone levels. Once men hit 30, their hormone levels will decrease steadily every year. There are ways to combat this for most men, and we, at Innovative Health and Wellness in Buckhead, want to give you some tips on the best way to do this.

Also, remember to set up your consultation for your therapeutic testosterone hormone replacement therapy. This will help you have better moods, increase sex drive, and fight against bone density loss.

Foods To Help Keep Testosterone Levels Up

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a vitamin we should be ingesting with our normal diet every day. For men, though, this is a way to combat low testosterone. It also increases bone density and is linked to living longer. Also, another big plus point for vitamin D is that it increases our immune system keeping us upbeat and active longer.

Fish

Tuna is a great source of vitamin D. Tuna is wonderful for your heart, protein rich, and low on the calorie chart. You can choose a tuna steak or tuna in a can and it can still help increase your testosterone levels.

If you don’t love tuna, there are other fishes that will help you keep up your hormone levels stable. Salmon and sardines add an additional source of fish to be consumed to help maintain your T levels. Be wary, though, too much fish can lead to other possible serious conditions, such as prostate cancer.

Milk

Milk is an amazing source of calcium and protein. Low-fat milk is what men want to be after. It is going to help with bone health, and maintain the strength of the bones. Make sure to purchase milk with vitamin D. This is what will level out your testosterone. Drinking low-fat milk still tastes great, but doesn’t contain all the saturated fat other milk has.

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Hopefully, you love omelets! Egg yolks are another amazing source of vitamin D. The egg yolk actually contains more nutrients than an egg white, despite popular belief. Also, eating egg yolks aids in leveling out your testosterone levels with the cholesterol within them. Keep an eye on your cholesterol levels, but if you are good, you can eat one egg a day and be fine.

Hopefully, changing up your diet helps level out your T levels. Remember, you can always check out therapeutic testosterone hormone replacement therapy at Innovative Health and Wellness. This is a very beneficial treatment for men if they are suffering from low testosterone levels, and need hormone replacement. Don’t delay and call today! Finally, check back for our next blog: Foods To Help Combat Low Testosterone: Part 2.

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