WHY WOMEN PREFER SOTTOPELLE®

WHY WOMEN PREFER SOTTOPELLE®  BHRT TO OTHER METHODS 

Women in their late 30s to mid-40s are often taken by surprise when perimenopause symptoms start to appear.  Hot flashes, night sweats, foggy thinking, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, mood swings and depression are just some of the most common complaints.  Truthfully, hormonal imbalance can be devastating. Many women end up experimenting unsuccessfully with an assortment of remedies or HRT methods to find relief. Pills, capsules, sublinguals, patches, creams, gels, and injections can, at times, offer a reprieve from certain symptoms.  But, here’s the reality—most of these treatments have drawbacks or side effects that make them undesirable or even dangerousBesides the possibility of health risks, they do nothing to provide the balance you need for optimal health and well-being. 

Drawbacks of other forms of HRT  

  • Many hormone replacement methods rely on synthetic hormones or substances that are foreign to your body. That’s why the FDA requires pharmaceutical companies to provide label warnings with their products.  Just listen to the twenty seconds of “possible side effects” that accompany the drug company TV ads.  These side effects are why doctors are advised to prescribe the least amount of HRT for the shortest possible time.  
  • Oral forms of HRT do not provide the bio availability, absorbability or continuous blood levels necessary for hormonal balance. Because they pass through the GI tract and liver, a higher dose is needed to achieve the right blood levels for symptom relief.  
  • Creams & gels cause hormone ups and downs as opposed to the evenness of continuous hormone release that the body is accustomed to.  It is easy to over or under dose using these methods. The prescribed dosage itself is difficult to assess and monitor, requiring a lengthy trial and error period.  Skin to skin contact can harm others, including children and animals.  
  • Injectable hormones rely on pharmaceutical synthetics, which are side-effect laden and unsafe. Hormone blood levels spike shortly after administration and decline rapidly after one to two weeks.  Long term use is impossible and hormone balance can never be achieved.  
  • Patches do deliver hormone directly into the blood stream, but must be changed frequently. Towards the end of their usefulness, hormones again decline rapidly often leading to bouts of anxiety and hot flashes. Most patches have adhesive problems, either not sticking well or creating skin irritation.  

SottoPelle® – Excellence in BHRT 

What women really want is a solution to hormone imbalance that is safe, effective, and convenientOnce they discover SottoPelle®, the search is over.  Our proprietary SottoPelle® method of hormone replacement provides physiologic hormone levels around-the-clock for three to six months. It is based on these important factors: 

  1. Low-dose bioidentical hormones that your body recognizes and is able to benefit from. 
  1. The pellet implant method which has been used successfully since the 1930s. Research demonstrates that it is the safest and most effective HRT delivery method available. It is the only method that can respond to the body’s need for more hormones when it needs themWhen properly administered, the pellet implant method does more than simply relieve symptoms. It helps restore hormonal balance.  
  1. Our proprietary dosing system eliminates lengthy trial and error guesswork. 
  1. Using our meticulous insertion procedure, SottoPelle® physicians avoid the pitfalls of less experienced practitioners.  

SottoPelle has employed this pellet delivery method the longest in the field. We are the experts when it comes to this form of BHRT. Perhaps the most validating testimony comes from our patients who time and again thank us for giving them back their lives.   

 Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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HORMONOFOBIA Y DESINFORMACIÓN

Los resultados derivados del estudio WHI (Woman Health Initiative), llevado a cabo en EE.UU. y publicados en 2002, desataron una verdadera tormenta sobre el colectivo de mujeres en edad de menopausia en todo el mundo. Numerosas revisiones y estudios posteriores revelaron el sesgo e inexactitud de dichos resultados. No obstante, estas rectificaciones o acotaciones realizadas sobre el propio estudio, así como la revisión sistemática de todos los ensayos clínicos aleatorizados y estudios epidemiológicos relacionados con la TH y publicados en los últimos tres años, nunca han recibido la atención de los grandes medios de comunicación.
En consecuencia, en la mente del gran público, persisten las asociaciones equívocas y catastrofistas que acapararon grandilocuentes titulares. Y eso, a pesar del esfuerzo llevado a cabo durante más de quince años por parte de los principales organismos de salud relacionados con la Ginecología. Un ejemplo de ello lo tenemos en los repetidos manifiestos que se han hecho desde la Sociedad Internacional para la Menopausia (IMS) de la mano de la Sociedad Norte Americana de Menopausia (NAMS), primero en 2008 y con mayor amplitud en 2013. Seguidos, evidentemente, por los organismos nacionales, quienes como puede leerse a continuación, se adhirieron completamente mediante el siguiente manifiesto:
“La Asociación Española para el Estudio de la Menopausia (AEEM) y la Sociedad Española de Ginecología y Obstetricia (SEGO) han alcanzado un Consenso sobre el uso de la Terapia Hormonal (TH) de la Menopausia en la actualidad, que establece que este tratamiento es el más eficaz para los síntomas de la menopausia. Un grupo de expertos de ambas instituciones han llevado a cabo una revisión sistemática de todos los ensayos clínicos aleatorizados y estudios epidemiológicos relacionados con la TH y publicados en los últimos tres años. De este análisis se ha extraído que, aunque existan terapias alternativas, la terapia hormonal es la más eficaz y eficiente.”
NP Consenso AEEM y SEGO. Madrid, 26 de abril de 2018.
Los resultados de esos repetidos mensajes en favor de un uso científico y racional de la Terapia Hormonal, ha tenido diferentes resultados en Europa. Así, aunque el rechazo a estos tratamientos se produjo a nivel global, el Dr. Sánchez Borrego, presidente de la Fundación Española para el Estudio de la Menopausia (FEEM), asegura que en otros países se usa mucho más que en España. Mientras que en nuestro país no llega al 1% de las mujeres con síntomas de menopausia, en Alemania o los países nórdicos, la reciben hasta el 13 %, en Francia el porcentaje es algo inferior (12%) y en Portugal o Italia está en torno al 7-8 por ciento.
En España subsiste pues, en la actualidad, un problema de desinformación muy generalizado explica la doctora María Jesús Cancelo, secretaria de la SEGO: “Las falsas creencias y los tabúes entre las mujeres han llevado a una hormonofobia en nuestro país. Incluso entre los propios especialistas, que en los últimos años han ido abandonando la información y el asesoramiento sobre la TH, ante la negativa de sus pacientes a utilizarlo”.
Volviendo al estudio WHI, es importante destacar que en él se utilizó una combinación de estrógenos conjugados equinos más acetato de medroxiprogesterona, la combinación hormonal más usada en Estados Unidos por aquella época. Esas hormonas no eran hormonas humanas, fueron estrógenos de yegua embarazada y acetato de medroxiprogesterona. Ninguna de ellas tienen la misma composición molecular que el estradiol y la progesterona humana.
Estudios posteriores determinaron que el incremento del cáncer de mama se produjo por el acetato de medroxiprogesterona y que el incremento de los eventos cardiovasculares se debió a una selección errónea de las participantes del estudio. Mujeres de una edad media de 63 años (llevaban unos 10 años en menopausia) que no habían sido tratadas previamente con THS y a las que no se les evaluó su estado de salud cardiovascular previo. El incremento de dichas patologías no se ha experimentado cuando el tratamiento se realiza con las hormonas naturales de la mujer.
En este sentido, en EE.UU. se empezó a desarrollar hace ya muchos años un tipo de terapia hormonal, en cuál las moléculas que se utilizan son idénticas a las que produce el ser humano. De esta manera el organismo las reconoce como propias. A esa terapia se la reconoce como Terapia Hormonal Bioidéntica (BHRT).
El incremento de la esperanza de vida en países desarrollados durante el último siglo ha crecido en casi treinta años. Hoy podría decirse que la mujer vive más años sin la regla que con ella. El declive hormonal que comporta la menopausia se asocia a una serie de síntomas como la falta de vitalidad y energía, aumento del tejido graso subcutáneo y visceral, disminución de la masa muscular, disminución de las capacidades físicas y cognitivas, disminución de la función sexual y la libido, sequedad vaginal, piel y cabello finos y frágiles, cambios de humor, incluso depresión, dificultad para conciliar el sueño, sueño no reparador…
Va siendo hora de revisar falsos mitos y desterrar la hormonofobia.
¡Consulte con su médico!
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SottoPelle® – The Midlife Game Changer

Menopause hit me like a freight train at 50 years old!
It was as though my body had taken on a whole new set of rules that I wasn’t privy to, except to see and feel the miserable effects that resulted. I wanted me back, the version that ran smoothly like a well-oiled engine, not this one that kept back-firing and faltering daily.

Now at 57 years old, I'm blessed that my fifties were not robbed from me by the onslaught of menopause!

Now at 57 years old, I’m blessed that my fifties were not robbed from me by the onslaught of menopause!

Having always led an active life, it came as a shock when suddenly it took me two days to recover from a tennis match. Feeling sore, achy and stiff during and after exertive activity slowed me down, I had less energy and it became increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy weight. I wasn’t doing anything different, but my equilibrium was going haywire.

As for my nightly eight or nine hours sleep that I’d enjoyed my whole life… menopause had other plans for me and decided two hours would be sufficient after which I would toss and turn until daybreak. Lack of sleep was a sure-fire way to guarantee a short fuse in this gal, additionally I began to struggle with concentration, focus, and when the uncontrollable hot flashes began however momentary they were, I realized enough was enough. I was in no mood for this menopause malarkey!

I believe I have SottoPelle® to thank for helping improve my game in my fifties!

I believe I have SottoPelle® to thank for helping improve my game in my fifties!

As a lifelong proponent of fix the cause rather than mask it, I’m one of those annoying ‘holier than thou’ types when it comes to taking pills and medicine! So, I was apprehensive about hormone replacement therapy and naturally skeptical about claims many companies made for this pill or that cream to help with menopause. Besides, I didn’t want help with menopause, I wanted it annihilated!

I discovered a local company called SottoPelle® where women were filling the waiting rooms to see Dr Tutera MD, FACOG, the founder. As a pioneer in the use of all-natural plant-based bio-identical hormones, Dr Tutera developed his unique method of delivery, placing the pellets subcutaneously therefore providing the most effective and consistent distribution of hormones throughout the body.

The best thing to happen to my midlife... SottoPelle®!

The best thing to happen to my midlife… SottoPelle®!

Our body draws upon hormones as and when they are needed such as during sport or moments of anxiety for example. Therefore, digesting pills or rubbing on creams is not the most effective delivery method as it creates surges in the distribution. Having pellets placed just below the skins surface maintains a consistent level in the body and provides for moments when you may need more.

An important quality that sets SottoPelle® above the rest, is that it’s not a one size fits all solution. Everyone has different hormone levels and requirements. To ensure the optimum balance and correct levels are maintained, SottoPelle® regularly performs blood work for extensive hormone panels on each individual.

So, I bit the bullet, since I didn’t have to swallow a pill, and had the pellets submerged in my butt-cheek by way of a tiny incision, which is fully healed in three days and almost invisible in three weeks.

I don't feel any different to how I felt in my twenties and thirties, and I'm still enjoying the same antics!

I don’t feel any different to how I felt in my twenties and thirties, and I’m still enjoying the same antics!

Perhaps because I’m very active, circulation of the hormones took effect quickly. In less than a week my hot flushes had subsided altogether, my sleep pattern was returning to normal and an overall sense of wellbeing replaced the chaos and emotional ups and downs that had previously taken hold.

The most noticeable difference was my energy level and strength capability. I could handle the toughest tennis match and be out on a run the next day. With more energy, I decided to take on more exercise and began lifting small weights, something I’d never done before. The results were very encouraging as I developed muscles that I didn’t know I’d ever owned!

During menopause, if I got through a day without one or other of its symptoms, I thought I was having a good day, so after a while I forgot how normal used to feel. This included feeling sexy or wanting to have sex. I never really considered this a symptom of menopause, it had simply waned into a rarity, besides I was rather pre-occupied fanning myself down and trying not to bite someone’s head off to give it much consideration. After beginning SottoPelle® therapy that completely changed, and a normal sexual desire returned and has remained consistent to this day.

I'll have that smile off his face on the tennis court later ha ha!

I’ll have that smile off his face on the tennis court later ha ha!

It’s been six years that I’ve been using SottoPelle® therapy. I go every four months to have my pellets inserted which is the time interval that keeps my hormone balance stable. It has absolutely extended the best years of my life such that I can enjoy it in every aspect of fulfillment. I whole heartedly believe that it restored a quality of life that menopause was desperately trying to steal from me. It is not the fountain of youth, and as such the body still ages as the years roll on, but the way you feel doesn’t have to.

You can read more about SottoPelle® on their website: sottopelletherapy.com and click on the “Find a Doctor” button to locate a service provider near you. Please feel free to ask me any questions concerning this post or my experience by way of the Contact page and I will respond to you directly via email.

As always, thank you for stopping by

Karen xx

This is a sponsored post which I was delighted to write on account of my experience over the past six years. It is my pleasure to share this company that has been a faithful partner in restoring my life to normal.

SottoPelle – What to Expect at the Appointment

I recently wrote a blog (linked HERE) about my menopause journey, which thanks to SottoPelle® was a short story!
There was a tremendous response from women suffering the effects of menopause, many of whom have not found a solution or are suffering with ineffective solutions. Thank you to all the ladies who contacted me with questions and to share their stories.

Today, I invite you to come along and experience one of my appointments with SottoPelle®. A commitment I have been making every four months for six years without hesitation, because, it enables me to live my best life, no hormone surges, none of the symptoms of menopause, no side effects, just a normal well-balanced human being. Well, hormonally well balanced that is, ha ha!

Reception area of the Paradise Valley AZ office

Reception area of the Paradise Valley AZ office

 

After checking in for the appointment, the nurse ensures nothing has changed since the last visit, no surgeries, no new medications that type of thing, and once you’ve signed off on the paperwork, you’re ready to receive your pellets.

A quick update with the nurse to ensure the records are up to date.

A quick update with the nurse to ensure the records are up to date.

Just to re-cap, SottoPelle® is a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that uses naturally sourced plant-based, bio-identical hormones in the form of tiny pellets. These are inserted a short way under the surface of the skin in the fleshy part of the butt cheek. Dr Tutera MD, FACOG, founded SottoPelle® in 1992, he was one of the pioneers of this form of HRT which provides the most effective and consistent distribution of hormones throughout the body.

I’ve been seeing Dr Steve for six years but still manage to talk his ear off!

I’ve been seeing Dr Steve for six years but still manage to talk his ear off!

The doctor or physician’s assistant who administers the pellets, checks my file, ensures there have been no changes since the last visit and determines which butt cheek my pellets will be placed on this occasion.  Each visit the pellets are placed in the alternate cheek.

This is what my midlife dynamo looks like!

This is what my midlife dynamo looks like!

These tiny compounded pellets are the magic formula to feeling as young as I did in my prime with energy, strength and a sense of complete well-being. Remember, this is a very individual approach to HRT, so my prescription is different to other women based on various factors. Every six months, blood work is taken providing extensive hormone panels to ensure each patient is prescribed the correct dosage, which could mean less or more testosterone, estrogen or whatever your individual requirements are, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.

All the procedure requires is to lay on my side with relevant butt cheek up, and a local anesthetic is injected to the site where the pellets will be administered. Once numb, a tiny incision is made, and the prescribed pellets are inserted subcutaneously. Waterproof foam tape is placed over the incision which remains in place for three days and that is it.  The procedure takes about two minutes! I’m in and out of the appointment in about 15 minutes total, if I can keep the chit-chatting to a minimum!

Pellets inserted, off to the mall! Scottsdale Fashion Square is dangerously close to my SottoPelle® office.

Pellets inserted, off to the mall! Scottsdale Fashion Square is dangerously close to my SottoPelle® office.

This is an example of what I wear to my appointment, something comfortable and lose fitting. There’s no need to undress for the occasion, an adjustment of clothing enough to expose the insertion site is all that’s required. It takes a while for the anesthetic to wear off, but the prospect of squishing into tight jeans doesn’t appeal right after the procedure!

The Only Restrictions

For three days after the insertion, you should not take tub baths, soaking in hot tubs or swimming and no exercise other than walking, which translated means shopping! You can shower! Exertive exercise that uses the muscles in the hips or glutes could possibly push the pellets from their new home, so it’s strongly advised against.

Always on the go thanks to SottoPelle®

Always on the go thanks to SottoPelle®

After three days you can remove the waterproof tape and exercise resumes as normal. A month later you cannot see where the incision was made.

The worst I feel is tenderness around the incision once the anesthetic wears off. As a side sleeper, I sleep on the opposite side to the pellet incision for a couple of nights as it feels slightly sore, and sometimes there’s some light bruising around the area. Three days later though, I’m back out on the tennis court or hiking a trail.

The level of activity you engage in will determine how often you need to replace your pellets, the body draws upon them as they’re needed so the more activity you do or stress you deal with, the faster you are likely to power through your hormones.

Over the years I have referred four of my girlfriends to SottoPelle® who were suffering a myriad of symptoms related to menopause.  They are all still enjoying the benefits of SottoPelle® therapy to this day just as I do.  And, it’s not just for women to enjoy feeling youthful and vibrant again after midlife, men can also benefit from SottoPelle®.

 

Meet CarolAnn Tutera, CEO and patient of SottoPelle®. CarolAnn’s mission is to carry on the late Dr. Gino Tutera’s passion to improve our quality of life so it can be enjoyed to the full as we age.  She has an active role in the company and continues to broaden the coverage with service providers now in multiple locations all over the US.

For me, SottoPelle® doesn’t just eliminate the symptoms of menopause by restoring hormones to normal, but also aids in the ability to live a healthy lifestyle. Because I have more energy I can maintain an active life, which facilitates a healthy weight and sense of well-being. Other symptoms of menopause can cause over-eating or choosing the wrong foods to comfort oneself in times of anxiety or emotional highs and lows. When hormones are balanced, and normal sleep patterns resume, it’s easier to take control of thoughts, maintain focus, and therefore make the right food choices. All in all, it provides a quality of life that also benefits my health as I age.
If you are suffering any of the symptoms of menopause and would like to find out if SottoPelle® therapy is right for you, you can visit their website here: sottopelletherapy.com and click on the “Find a Doctor” button to locate a service provider near you.

 

As always, thank you for stopping by

Karen xox

 

This is a sponsored post which I was delighted to write to share my experience of SottoPelle® which has been a faithful partner in restoring my life to normal.

 

 

 

Menopause, Hormones and Heart Health

Recent studies show that women are experiencing menopause at much earlier ages than expected. By age 40, most women are totally depleted of normal levels of estrogen and have lost nearly all their progesterone and more than half of their testosterone. The average woman can expect her periods to stop when she is just 46.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading killer of women. Research indicates a correlation between declining estrogen levels during menopause and an increase in the risk for cardiovascular problems. Women who have gone through menopause are two to three times more likely to develop heart disease.

Estrogen is shown to support the blood vessels. Results from a 1991 study indicated that after 15 years of estrogen replacement, risk of death by cardiovascular disease was reduced by almost 50 percent and overall deaths were reduced by 40 percent.

At the same time, testosterone supports the cardiovascular system in women as well as men.

While hormone therapy can help protect the heart health of menopausal and aging women, the key to effective treatment lies in the type of hormone and administration method.

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses natural, plant-derived compounds that precisely match the same molecular structure as human hormones – unlike traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) which is synthetic, or pharmaceutical. Bioidentical hormones are better assimilated by the body without the dangerous side effects associated with synthetic type – including heart disease.

Research demonstrates that hormone pellets – about the size of a grain of rice and slipped under the skin – provide the most effective hormone delivery method since the hormone release is monitored naturally by the heart rate. When prescribed and properly administered, BHRT pellets can support heart health and offer relief for menopausal symptoms.

Numerous studies* cite the potential benefits of bioidentical estrogen and testosterone pellets to:

• reduce harmful LDL and total cholesterol
• increase protective HDL
• decrease triglycerides
• assist in retaining the ability of the coronary arteries to dilate and remain pliable

Evidence from a 2013 study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the “timing hypothesis,” which shows that women in the early stages of menopause are more likely to experience additional cardiovascular benefits from HRT treatment than women who have been menopausal for 10 or more years.

Another study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that 32 percent of heart attacks and cardiac deaths were reduced in women age 60 or younger who had received bio-identical hormone treatment.

We recommend that women start checking their hormone levels with a simple blood test around ages 35-40 to correct hormonal imbalances. This can help to protect their hearts and avoid many unpleasant health problems that occur during menopause, such as thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, depression, breast cancer, brain fog and fibromyalgia. Bioidentical hormones, taken in early menopause, may actually help prevent coronary heart disease and many of these issues.

*Menopause, Susan Davis, 2000; Obstetrics & Gynecology, Notelovitz, 1987

The Truth About BHRT… It’s Amazing What Those Pellets Do

bhrt pelletsHave you heard about bio identical hormone replacement with pellet therapy? Maybe you’ve heard things, but you’re not sure what to believe. Here are the basics about BHRT…
Bio identical hormone replacement is an effective treatment for many symptoms associated with menopause and andropause (male menopause).

When hormone levels in our blood drop, many unpleasant side effects can occur, such as hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, depression, anxiety, loss of muscle mass and more. It can also affect the health of our cardiovascular system, bones, and skin. Bringing hormone levels up via BHRT can make you feel better and stay healthier as you age.

Just ask SottoPelle® patients, and they will tell you…Pellet therapy is the best delivery method for hormone replacement.

Some doctors prescribe synthetic hormones via pills, creams or patches. Not only are these hormones biologically different from the ones our body naturally produces, their delivery method can cause hormone levels to fluctuate greatly, creating the yo-yo effect, commonly referred to as the “hormone roller coaster”. With bio identical HRT using pellet therapy, the hormones that are used are biologically identical to the ones the human body produces, so they are metabolized in the same fashion. The body absorbs hormone pellets slowly over a period of months, delivering a consistent, physiologic dose of hormone. No yo-yos or roller coasters to be found.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is safe.

For many women who experience moderate to severe symptoms of menopause, doctors and healthcare professionals agree that hormone replacement therapy using bio identical hormones is a safe and effective way to address many of these symptoms (including hot flashes, trouble sleeping, irritability, low libido, lack of energy and brain fog…just to name a few).

Considering HRT…You’ve come to the right place!

We all want to live our best lives possible, and maintaining our overall health as we age often depends on many different factors including our lifestyle, activity level and genetics. What many don’t know is that declining hormone levels can also have an impact on overall health, thus having an understanding of what your levels are is paramount. At SottoPelle®, we recognize an important fact that others often miss— one size truly does not fit all. Our patients have specific lab work performed allowing our providers to identify hormone imbalances that are present. Based on these lab results, our providers are then able to prescribe individualized dosing to address the specific needs of each patient.

Menopause and Andropause how imbalance hormones affect you

Mid-life crisis as well as other noted psychological and emotional variations will also be noticed among both sexes as well. Just as in puberty when your hormones were on a rollercoaster, you may feel like you have returned to that crazy ride during menopause and andropause. Both medical phases of life have certain treatments that are available, effective, and that are medically recognized to improve quality of life. One of the most common treatment paths for both conditions is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). For both men and women this method will help to bring the hormone levels back to the proper levels. Managing the source of the problem delivers great relief in experienced symptoms. It is important that a patient is carefully monitored by a doctor while they are undergoing BHRT treatment. The doctor should be experienced, trained, and empathize with what the patient is going through. Make sure your doctor is not just treating symptoms, but the hormonal imbalance that both sexes have in middle age.

Educate yourself, men and women can learn a lot if they research the different things that can be expected when experiencing these conditions. If you opt for BHRT make sure you receive quality care and pellets from a verified SottoPelle physician. Not all BHRT pellet treatment is created equally. But, when it comes to aging both men and women have equal issues and can be improved with the appropriate treatment and healthy lifestyle.

Sound interesting? Want to learn more about BHRT? Take the Hormone Self-Assessment Quiz.

Why SottoPelle® Is the Top Choice for BHRT in Arizona

At SottoPelle®, our expert practitioners start with proper testing and analysis of your hormone status in addition to reviewing your medical history. If you are a good fit for our proprietary method, we can begin therapy whenever you are ready. We use low dose bioidentical hormone pellet implants to help achieve the hormonal balance so important to overall health and well-being. This safe and effective method, when properly administered, is the only BHRT proven to achieve around-the-clock physiologic hormone levels for months at a time.

Our patients frequently praise the enhanced quality of life they’re experiencing with SottoPelle® BHRT. Weight loss, improved libido and sex drive, better sleep, and greater mental acuity are just a few of the benefits patients report to us.

In fact, we are honored to say that, according to Ranking Arizona, an annual consumer publication by AZ Big Media, our patients have voted us Arizona’s #1 as the top Hormone Therapy Clinic, two years in a row, in 2015 & 2016.

Check us out at sottopelletherapy.com or give us a call at 323.986.5100 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you as we have so many others.

A Day in the Life Part 6

Today is my appointment at SottoPelle. I’ve scheduled it over my lunch hour, so I spend the morning stressing about it. When I walk into the office, I quickly fill out the sign-in sheet. Maria is on the phone, her head tilted against the handset in the crook of her neck while she types on the computer. She flashes me a bright smile and I take my seat.
It isn’t long before the nurse calls me in. She takes my weight, blood pressure and pulse. All of them are higher than they should be, but she doesn’t say anything.

Inside the cheerful exam room she begins asking me questions about my symptoms. Then they send me to the lab to have my blood drawn.

It all happens very quickly, and before I know it it’s over and I’m back at my desk at work. I have a follow up appointment in one week to go over my results.

Fifteen minutes before quitting time, Lila makes her way over to my desk.

“How’d it go?” she asks me about the appointment.

I give her a brief overview. “You’ll be so happy you did it,” she tells me with a big grin. “It’s the best thing I ever did for myself.”

That evening, Steve, my ex, calls. When I see his number on my caller ID I waffle for a moment, not wanting to pick it up, not wanting to deal with this right now, but finally on the fourth ring I do.

“Hello Steve,” I say. I sound a bit like Newman on the Seinfeld Show.

“Hi Claire.”

I wait for him to say more. I mean, after all he’s the one who called me. His hesitation tells me this is hard for him. Good. It should be.

“I have some news,” he says finally.

Again I wait. I’m not going to make this any easier for him.

“I’ve asked Nadine to marry me, and she’s accepted.”

On my end of the phone I suck in air a little. The news is no surprise, of course, but it’s still a shock to hear it from him.

“Camille told me,” I finally manage, trying to sound nonchalant. I’m tempted to say congratulations, but I can’t bring myself to do it.

“Oh,” he replies. Then he chuckles. “Figures.” The fact that he’s laughing about it ticks me off.

“Is that all?” I snap.

“Yeah, I really wanted you to hear it from me first,” he says, the humor gone.

“Well, you screwed that one up,” I say. I don’t add as usual. But my comment is biting enough.

“Sorry, Claire,” he sighs. “I guess we all have to move on sometime.”

“I guess so,” I reply.

“You’ll be getting a wedding invitation for you and Alex,” he goes on. “I know it’s kind of weird, but you know, you’re the kids’ mom and Nadine’s okay with it.”

I don’t know what to say to that. At first I’m thinking is he crazy? Next, I kind of want to go. To be there for Camille and Alex. And even for him in some way. Could it be I’ve actually begun to let him go?

There’s another long silence, then Steve offers a few platitudes and says goodbye. I hang up before he can finish the g word. I feel the tears coming, like a hurricane it’s too late to evacuate for. I hurry to my bedroom just in time and hunker down underneath the deluge of grief, loneliness, and defeat.

Why Go the Route of Pellets for HRT?

When there are so many options available for hormone replacement, why is bio identical hormone replacement with pellet therapy the best choice?
Why not just get prescription for a pill, cream or patch full of a synthetic hormone substitute?

We can’t wait to tell you.

Pellet therapy is the most natural form of hormone replacement available.

We can’t turn back the clock and make your ovaries produce more estrogen or your adrenal glands (or testicles) generate more testosterone. However, a bio identical pellet the size of a grain of rice placed in the fatty tissue under the skin is the next best thing.

Natural hormone production is a precarious balancing act, and therefore so is hormone replacement. Other methods can end up delivering a roller coaster ride of hormones as the dose in your bloodstream rises and falls. By contrast, bio identical hormone pellets gently dissolve over time, delivering a steady, consistent dose of hormone that keeps you balanced the same way your body would.

The hormones used in pellet therapy are also molecularly identical to the hormones produced by the human body. That’s not true of their synthetic counterparts.

Pellet therapy allows for customized dosages.

Remember the steady, consistent stream of hormones delivered into your bloodstream by pellet therapy? Imagine those pellets could also be perfectly customized to your body and your specific needs? They can!

Unlike pre-packaged synthetic hormones, bio identical hormone replacement with pellets is compounded specifically for each patient. Which hormones you get and how much of them depend on your unique hormone profile, not what’s available on the shelf.

Pellet therapy is safe.

More and more research is confirming the safety and health-enhancing benefits of hormone replacement with pellet therapy, including improved bone density and cardiovascular health as well as relief from the symptoms of menopause and andropause.

Because it bypasses the liver, the pellet delivery system does not raise glucose or lipid levels, increase blood pressure, or raise the risk of blood clots or liver damage.

Pellets do not increase the risk of breast cancer like the synthetic, chemical progestin’s that were used during the Women’s Health Initiative trial. They do not have the same risk of breast cancer as high doses of oral estrogens like Premarin. In fact, research suggests that balanced hormones are actually breast protective.

You can read more scientific documentation about the safety and efficacy of pellet therapy here.

Last, but not least: pellet therapy is convenient.

Pellet therapy for the patient consists of a quick trip to the doctor every 3 to 5 months for women and every 5 to 6 months for men. The pellets are inserted under the skin during a simple, in-office procedure. No prescriptions to fill. No creams, patches or pills to mess with. We will want to test your hormone levels to ensure your dosage is optimized, but other than that, you can pellet and forget it!

Why SottoPelle® Is the Top Choice for BHRT in Arizona

At SottoPelle®, our expert practitioners start with proper testing and analysis of your hormone status in addition to reviewing your medical history. If you are a good fit for our proprietary method, we can begin therapy whenever you are ready. We use low dose bioidentical hormone pellet implants to help achieve the hormonal balance so important to overall health and well-being. This safe and effective method, when properly administered, is the only BHRT proven to achieve around-the-clock physiologic hormone levels for months at a time.

Our patients frequently praise the enhanced quality of life they’re experiencing with SottoPelle® BHRT. Weight loss, improved libido and sex drive, better sleep, and greater mental acuity are just a few of the benefits patients report to us.

In fact, we are honored to say that, according to Ranking Arizona, an annual consumer publication by AZ Big Media, our patients have voted us Arizona’s #1 Hormone Therapy Clinic in 2015 & 2016.

Check us out at sottopelletherapy.com or give us a call at 480.874.1515 to schedule a consultation.

Estrogen May Reduce Women’s Depression Risk

Early menstruation, more frequent periods seem to make sad times less likely, researchers suggest

 

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Women exposed to estrogen for longer periods of time during the reproductive years may have a lower risk of depression, a new study finds.

Previous research has suggested that reproductive hormones play a role in depression risk among women, yet hormone fluctuations are something all women experience. So, the study authors tried to figure out how hormones might be linked to depression.

The researchers focused on estradiol. This is the main form of estrogen present during a woman’s reproductive years. Estradiol affects levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that’s involved in depression.

Factors that might increase the length of exposure to estradiol include a younger age at first menstruation and how many menstrual cycles a woman has over her lifetime, the researchers said.

This study of more than 1,300 women found that being exposed to estradiol for a longer time from the start of menstruation until the onset of menopause was significantly associated with a reduced risk of depression during menopause and for up to 10 years after.

The researchers also found that longer use of birth control was associated with a lower risk of depression, but the number of pregnancies or incidence of breast-feeding had no effect.

However, the associations seen in the study don’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

The report, by Dr. Wendy Marsh of the department of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and colleagues, was published online July 17 in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

“Women are more vulnerable to depressive symptoms during and after the menopause transition because of fluctuating hormone changes,” Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of NAMS, said in a society news release.

“This study additionally found a higher risk for depression in those with earlier menopause, fewer menstrual cycles over lifespan, or more frequent hot flashes,” Pinkerton said.

“Women and their providers need to recognize symptoms of depression such as mood changes, loss of pleasure, changes in weight or sleep, fatigue, feeling worthless, being unable to make decisions or feeling persistently sad, and take appropriate action,” she suggested.

Call Us Today!

Consulting with an expert in SottoPelle’s science-based BHRT can go a long way in creating a healthier future for you. Discover what our remarkably simple, hassle-free method can do for you.

Learn more about SottoPelle® at www.sottopelletherapy.com and then give us a call at (877) 473-5538 to schedule a consultation.

 


SOURCES:

North American Menopause Society
Health Day

One Woman’s Journey to Finding the Right Hormone Replacement Therapy

When the symptoms of perimenopause start to show up, many women are lost as to what to do. They just want relief. Unfortunately, the information on hormone replacement therapy can be confusing and often scary.
That’s what one woman found when she began her own journey into the menopausal years.

I was in my mid-forties when I started gaining weight. Then sleep issues and depression crept in. That prompted me to begin exercising more regularly, which helped somewhat with sleep, but didn’t do much for my gloominess or ever-growing waistline. Working out just didn’t seem to make a difference. Even so, I really didn’t think much of it. My life was in flux at the time and I didn’t have a history of depression, so I figured it was a temporary thing. Also, I was still having regular periods and wasn’t relating my issues to menopause.

Over the next few years my symptoms increased. I gained even more weight and began having hot flashes and night sweats. My sleep patterns got worse, which made my brain turn to mush during the day. Job stress and a daughter in the throes of teenage rebellion didn’t help either. I felt miserable.

When my sex drive finally tanked, I started reading everything I could lay my hands on about menopause. I didn’t intend to live the rest of my life feeling this bad!
I’ve always been into a natural approach to health care, so pharmaceutical hormones were immediately out. Instead, I saw a well-known gynecologist who practiced integrated medicine. She suggested I start taking her proprietary herbal formula that was supposed to be great for relieving symptoms. After almost a year of taking this, combined with progesterone creams, I wasn’t feeling any better.

I had by then read books by Christiane Northrup, Suzanne Somers and others who talked about remarkable results using bioidentical hormones and nutritional supplementation. My next move was to see a naturopath. Unfortunately, this highly-recommended doctor wasn’t very well versed in hormone replacement. We experimented for a couple of years with oral compounds. I ended up taking a combination estrogen formula in varying doses along with a small amount of progesterone to protect my uterus from cancer. Nothing shifted. I still felt wretched.

About that time a couple of my friends started going to SottoPelle® for pellet implant therapy. They ranted about how great they felt and encouraged me to go to one of Dr. Gino Tutera’s information seminars. I went and was very excited about the science behind his method of bioidentical hormone therapy. There were actually studies showing that this treatment was both safe and effective. I admit I was hesitant about pellet implantation, but after reading Dr. Tutera’s book, I decided I would try it for a year. If it didn’t do anything for me, I’d quit.

About 2 weeks after my first pellet implants (low dose estradiol and testosterone) I woke up one morning and couldn’t believe how I felt. I can only describe it as “evenness.” The dark cloud of living with hormone imbalance had disappeared. In fact, I felt completely normal—like my old self. Life changed forever for me at that point.
I’ve been using SottoPelle therapy now for 11 years and still feel like a million bucks. I combined this therapy with a healthier lifestyle and can honestly say it’s the best health investment I ever made.

At 69, I take bioidentical thyroid and micronized progesterone along with my SottoPelle therapy and that’s it. No cholesterol, blood sugar or blood pressure meds. My EKG, checkups and blood labs are exemplary. I feel so lucky to have found SottoPelle® and plan to take it for the rest of my days.

Thank you SottoPelle and Dr. Tutera for giving me my life back. I can’t imagine it without you!

Sharon A.
Pearce, AZ

This is just one SottoPelle® patient’s story, but it isn’t unusual. We’ve treated thousands of men and women over the years who regularly express the same level of gratitude. We never cease to be humbled by it.

In the end, no one should have to suffer with hormone loss as they age. Restoring hormonal balance is no different than using a pair of glasses to correct your eyesight or wearing hearing aids to improve hearing. Aging is inevitable—suffering is not.

The SottoPelle® Method

SottoPelle’s proprietary method allows us to tailor your hormone therapy according to your unique needs. Our goal is to provide hormonal balance—something other methods or even other pellet therapies cannot deliver.

SottoPelle® employs a proprietary bioidentical pellet implant method that sends a steady, low dose of hormone directly into the blood stream. Precisely dosed hormones are delivered around-the-clock, seven days a week for up to six months. The body recognizes and can work with this type of delivery method. In fact, it is the only system that allows more hormone to be delivered when the body needs it.

You will find that our SottoPelle® method is not only more convenient and better attuned to the way your body works naturally, but it is also far more cost-effective than other hormone treatments.

SottoPelle® BHRT Pellet Experts

SottoPelle® has specialized in bioidentical hormone replacement using the pellet method longer than most. Our founder, Dr. Gino Tutera, developed the proprietary method that makes us a leader in our field. We have a long history of success when it comes to balancing hormones and helping people take control of their health. In fact, we are honored to say that, according to Ranking Arizona, an annual consumer publication by AZ Big Media, our patients have voted us Arizona’s #1 Hormone Therapy Clinic for two years in a row.

Call Us Today!

Consulting with an expert in SottoPelle’s science-based BHRT can go a long way in creating a healthier future for you. Discover what our remarkably simple, hassle-free method can do for you.

Learn more about SottoPelle® at www.sottopelletherapy.com and then give us a call at (877) 473-5538 to schedule a consultation.