4 Common Menopause Myths

So many women come to me not fully understanding what menopause is or why they’re feeling so out of sorts. Most grew up in a time when menopause simply wasn’t talked about. Their mothers called it “the change” but never explained what was changing. I think that’s why there is so much misinformation and mythology attached to menopause.
It’s very important to me as a hormone replacement physician to help educate my patients and dispel some of the most common menopause myths.

4 Common Menopause Myths

1) Menopause ends when your hot flashes disappear

2) Estrogen is only used for hot flash relief and nothing else.

3) All estrogens are the same

4) Testosterone isn’t necessary for women

The Reality:

1) Just because you no longer experience a hot flash doesn’t mean menopause is over. Menopause is defined by deficiencies in your primary steroid hormones—estradiol (your most important estrogen) and testosterone. Because of this, the physical and emotional changes of menopause can continue until you die. That is unless you return these hormones to normal, beneficial levels using a hormone replacement method that gives the body what it needs for renewed hormonal balance.

2) Estrogen, estradiol in particular, has many important functions besides relieving symptoms like hot flashes. Estrogen receptors exist in cells throughout the body. Besides providing the basis for female reproduction and sexual development, estrogen has a significant effect on bone and bone structure. It supports liver function and provides cardiovascular protection in addition to neuroprotection in the brain. Estrogen also plays a positive role in a woman’s mental health.

3) All estrogens are not the same. The human body makes three different estrogens—estriol, estrone and estradiol. Estradiol is a woman’s most important estrogen and delivers the greatest health benefits. It is the only estrogen that penetrates the blood brain barrier. Synthetic estrogens and horse estrogen (derived from the urines of pregnant mares) have completely different structures and don’t provide the health advantages that bioidentical estradiol does.

4) Research continues to show the importance of physiologic testosterone levels in women. Premenopausal women make 300 milligrams of testosterone a day. With the onset of menopause, testosterone production slows to a trickle. In fact, this hormone is vital to hormonal balance, brain function (especially short-term memory), the normal performance of the muscle system and in bone making. The lack of testosterone creates a metabolic imbalance which causes a rise in insulin resulting in belly fat, elevated lipids and weight gain.

To learn more about common menopause myths and take a self-assessment quiz to see if you’re experiencing menopause or a hormonal imbalance, click here.

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.

Hormones and Heart Health

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.

I 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;

How to Deal With Symptoms of Menopause

Many women hear the word menopause and start to freak out. But there’s nothing to be ashamed of because it’s a natural biological process that happens to every woman. They think that when they hit menopause that they’re now considered old. However, despite the fact that it just ends one’s fertility, a woman can still remain healthy, sexual and vital after they go through menopause.
Menopause occurs when a woman stops menstruating and usually happens in their 40s or 50s. When a woman starts to go through menopause, her body undergoes a series of changes that bring on a variety of symptoms. Some women don’t need treatment for their menopausal symptoms because they go away on their own, but all complain of how uncomfortable those symptoms can be.

How to Deal with Symptoms of Menopause

Hot Flashes
Women experiencing hot flashes suddenly become very hot out of nowhere and they’ll start to perspire. Sometimes hot flashes can be triggered by something, so it’s good to notice what those triggers are so that they can be avoided. Such triggers include: stress, caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol or just being in a very hot place. It’s recommended to dress in layers so that they can be removed with a hot flash happens and to use a fan at home or at work. Also, taking deep, slow breaths when a hot flash starts can prevent one from becoming too hot and bothered.

Vaginal Dryness
Menopause can make a woman’s vagina dry, so it’s best to use a water-based lubricant or similar to make intercourse more comfortable.

Sleeping Problems
Many women complain that they can’t get a good night’s rest when they go through menopause, so the best way get some rest is to be physically active throughout the day. Also, avoid large meals before bedtime and try drinking something warm before bedtime like warm milk or caffeine-free tea. If you wake up at night and can’t go back to sleep, do something relaxing like reading a book until you are sleepy again. But if you can’t get to sleep on your own, you might have to talk to your doctor about any sleep problems you have.

Mood Swings
Some women feel crankier and moodier than usual when menopause hits them, so it’s important that they get enough sleep and rest to feel their best. Also, avoid stress and look for positive ways to ease any stress you might have. Many have found a support group helpful in controlling their mood. Also, talk to your doctor so that they can look for any signs of depression.

Memory Problems
When going through menopause, a few women complain of memory trouble. The best thing to do is to stay physically and mentally active and get enough sleep to improve these symptoms. Also, various mental exercises can keep memory problems at bay.
Women can always do something to lessen their symptoms when going through menopause, but they can also talk to their doctors about taking bio identical hormone therapy that can ease or completely relieve the symptoms of menopause.  To take a free hormone self assessment quiz, click here.

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Trick or Treat?

Are you spooked by recent reports citing the supposed dangers of hormone therapy? Don’t be tricked by all the confusing or conflicting articles that will succeed in scaring the dickens out of you, but fail to distinguish between the two very different types of HRT – the beneficial kind and the harmful variety. In fact, we’ve got a treat in store for you with some good news about why the right dose of beneficial hormones can actually help women, and not harm them.
The array of alarming hormone reports online and in print are often scary and widely accepted as the gospel truth, but many of the things written are out of context or not based on all the facts.

Like scenes from a cult horror flick, these reports continue like bad sequels replaying the same familiar demons from years ago. The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) issued its first report on the dangers of synthetic hormone therapy a long time ago. Now this ghost haunts once again as the dated scare script rears its ugly head with yet another claim this month about the health hazards of hormone therapy.

What these reports fail to ever mention is that there are TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT types of hormone therapies – the natural benign bio-identical kind (BHRT) and the synthetic pharmaceutical type (HRT) causing symptoms.

Think of it like the two witches in the Wizard of Oz – the wicked one being the hazardous hormones and then there’s the good witch, the bio-identical benefactor. With the wave of a wand, one can threaten your well-being while the other can bestow health blessings.

Seems simple enough, but why don’t more people understand or explain this basic difference?

A lack in patient education on the hormone facts, so we’re stepping up this Halloween to set the record straight and put these ghosts to rest. We’ll also give you a goodie for your hormone trick or treat bag… because we believe women don’t need to be scared just informed.

This Halloween when your hormones are brewing, what is missing from your goody bag – the health benefits of natural bio-identical hormones.

Keep in mind that most articles and blogs are usually focused on the synthetic kind of hormones (HRT) – the bad witch – and will try to scare the dickens out of you — but we got your back. The fact is that bio-identical hormones (BHRT) – the good witch – is perfectly safe without any of the harmful side effects associated with the synthetic hormones in the WHI report.

So, yes, the WHI is right in that synthetic hormones are harmful for you. They just forgot to mention the potential benefits of the natural bio-identical ones that are backed by scientific studies showing their safety and effectiveness.

Consequently, a well-researched report in The New York Times, “Avoiding Estrogen Therapy Proved Deadly for Nearly 50,000 Women,” echoes Dr. Tutera’s longtime concerns. The article notes that according to a report in the American Journal of Public Health by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, “the widespread rejection of all hormone replacement therapies among menopausal women has been misguided” since the WHI warnings against HRT were issued in 2002.

In other words, since all forms of hormone therapy were improperly black labeled as harmful as a result of the WHI findings in 2002, an estimated 50,000 women died prematurely from 2002-2009 “because they did not use estrogen” after hysterectomies. Could BHRT have saved some lives? We also wonder how many uncounted women suffered from heart attacks, dementia, and other ailments associated with lack of estrogen.

That is a spooky statistic for women. But, Dr. Tutera has exciting news for you.

BHRT’s potential benefits are now documented in Dr. Tutera’s 10-year study titled “Marked reduction of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer in users of bio-identical estradiol and testosterone subcutaneous pellets.” The results have been published in two prestigious medical publications – SEMAL, an international anti-aging medical journal [Sept. 2014], and Maturitas, a U.S. peer-reviewed scientific journal in 2009. This research shows that his pellet method of estradiol and testosterone therapy offers protection against the development of several forms of cancer.

We think that’s not only exciting news, but worthy of worldwide headlines.

In his study, Dr. Tutera concludes:

The Women’s Health Initiative incorrectly implied that all estrogen increases the development of breast cancer after three years. This inaccurate assumption prompted women to discontinue all forms of hormone therapy and suffer the ravages of menopause and possibly increase their risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, dementia and many other diseases.

The present retrospective study was done to prove that the usage of bio-identical estradiol, testosterone and micronized progesterone did not increase the incidence of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer. The study affirmed that the re-creation of the normal physiologic hormonal environment through the usage of subcutaneous estradiol and testosterone pellets imparts a protective effect against the development of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer.

Furthermore, the usage of subcutaneous estradiol and testosterone pellets should be encouraged because of the positive effects seen on bone density [8.3% growth per year], the lack of adverse impact on serum lipids, the lack of adverse effect on cardiovascular health and superior control of the symptoms associated with the menopause.

Adding more goblins to the hormone scare is another report issued this month by The Endocrine Society with its clinical guidelines for androgen therapy in women, claiming that there is insufficient research or evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of testosterone therapy. Huh? More hormone horrors? Tell that one to the thousands of female SottoPelle® patients thriving on testosterone around the globe.

In response, Dr. Tutera provides the following facts backed by their accompanying research studies:

Once again we are being misled; the lack of knowledge about the young females need for testosterone is a physiologic fact. The daily production of testosterone by premenopausal women from ovarian and adrenal sources is 300 mg daily, not weekly or annually (Abraham et al J Clin Endo Metab.1974:39:340-346). The assays that we are all using do not reflect this value. In fact all of the assays have been shown to be inaccurate, unreliable, and insensitive and only have value in assessing the male patient as they lose their accuracy below a level of 300 ng/dL. (Lobo et al Fert Sterility, 2004 :44,& Clinical Chemistry 2005). J W W Studd stated in his work published in Meno Intl., 2010, that premenopausal women carry testosterone levels ten times the level of estrogen. Furthermore, the majority of testosterone loss occurs in the early reproductive years (Davison et alJ Clin Endo Metab 2005:90:3847-3853), and that by age 40 normal premenopausal women have lost at least half of their testosterone production (Zumoff et al J Clin Endo Metab1995: 80:1429-1430).

Why then are we being told that the use of testosterone is only for hypoactive sexual disorder when in fact denying young women this important hormone increases the risk of bone loss, muscle loss, loss of function in the parietal, temporal and frontal lobes of the brain, and finally loss of normal metabolic rate necessary for normal physiologic function? How many of us have young women in their 30’s and beyond that complain of brain fog, loss of muscle, increasing fat deposition, and sexual libido loss and yet their lab levels reflect normality? We must realize that what we have considered and been told is normal is truly not normal and that the range of normal testosterone needs to be adjusted to reflect the true normal production of testosterone for women which is more accurately reflected as above 70 ng/dL. This better reflects the true production of a normal young woman of 300mg daily.

Perhaps it should be noted that researchers in these recent studies have admitted that some of the funding for this study was provided by drug companies. Hmmm… toss that in the loaded trick or treat bag.

Don’t let these misleading Testosterone Terrorizers or the Big Pharma Boogeyman scare you! View the hormonal imbalance symptoms checklist at https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/ and take a simple hormone assessment test. Then let your own body wisdom and common sense decide if hormones are the Wicked Witch or Glenda the Good Witch leading you back home to your hormone health this Halloween!

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SOURCES
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/18/science/la-sci-sn-estrogen-alone-hormone-therapy-deaths-20130718
http://www.dailyrx.com/testosterone-deficiency-difficult-diagnosis-women-and-therapy-may-be-risky-says-endocrine-society?autoplay=1002223046

Author:
Gino Tutera, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a board-certified OB/GYN who has practiced medicine “combining good science and common sense” for 40 years. Recognized internationally as a respected authority in the field of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Tutera pioneered SottoPelle® in 2002. His subcutaneous method has liberated thousands of people from their debilitating symptoms and restored them back to health. For the past two decades, he has conducted seminars on his safe and scientifically proven approach while training hundreds of physicians throughout the world. He has authored three books on the subject: You Don’t Have to Live with It!, Life Regained: The Real Solution to Managing Menopause and Andropause, You Don’t Have to Live with It! The Science of SottoPelle®. Dr. Tutera continues to present his groundbreaking research to medical symposiums in the U.S. and abroad, attracting global media attention as an innovative leader on the vital role of subcutaneous bio-identical hormones in human health, anti-aging and disease prevention.

Are You Suffering from Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance?

Whether you are male or female, many of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance look and feel the same. That’s because hundreds of body functions get disrupted when two key hormones, estradiol (estrogen) and testosterone, are out of balance, missing, or in short supply.
A variety of uncomfortable and even debilitating symptoms may already be taking their toll on your quality of life. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance may include:

• Hot flashes
• Night sweats
• Weight gain (especially around the waistline)
• More body fat
• Loss of bladder control
• Insomnia
• Fatigue
• Lack of energy
• Loss of motivation
• Low libido
• Decreased pleasure in sex
• Brain fog (poor memory and low concentration)
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Irritability
• Mood swings
• Heart palpitations
• Decreased strength & muscle mass
• Joint pain
• Migraines

Specific to men:

• Erectile dysfunction
• Less-pleasurable erections
• Decrease in ejaculate
• Shrinking testicles

Specific to women:

• Periods become irregular, lighter, or heavier
• Vaginal Dryness
• Painful intercourse
• Facial hair
• Dry skin and hair

In order to determine if hormonal imbalance is the underlying cause of your symptoms, you will need an expert medical evaluation. SottoPelle® understands what beneficial hormone levels should be, as well as the complexities of restoring them. We know that in order to regain natural hormonal balance, the method used must:

– start with proper testing and evaluation
– offer precise, individualized low dosages
– use a method that makes hormone available to the body 24/7
– replace depleted hormones with natural, biologically identical hormones

This perfectly describes our proprietary SottoPelle® method using bioidentical pellet implants. Our exacting science and customized approach is why SottoPelle® works so well for so many men and women.

Breast Cancer and The Testosterone Connection

The statistics certainly appear intimidating, but don’t let breast cancer scare you this Halloween month! A diagnosis is not a death sentence, and October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help women become pro-active in better prevention and detection of the disease.
Let’s look at some data and then at some steps you can take to fight back.

  • Breast cancer by the numbers:
  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease
  • A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes
  • One woman dies every 13 minutes from breast cancer
  • More than 250,000 women with the disease are under 40
  • Men can get breast cancer and 1 in every 1,000 men are diagnosed each year
  • There are approximately 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

For Dr. Gino Tutera, these statistics posed an incentive to research the role of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in breast cancer prevention. Dr. Tutera developed a customized form of BHRT in pellet form delivering the precise dosage of hormones that each individual needs to restore the body’s natural physiological balance.

Breast Cancer and Testosterone

In his research, he discovered the role of bio-identical testosterone pellet therapy in helping to prevent breast cancer. While still widely regarded as a predominantly male hormone, testosterone is essential for women to maintain their normal physiology. Yet this scientific fact remains largely ignored.

“Around age forty, there is an increase in fibrocystic disease of the breast,” Dr. Tutera explains. “It coincides with women losing 50 percent of their testosterone production. Testosterone therapy helps decrease over-activity of cells in the breast and if you decrease cell proliferation, you cut down on the occurrence of cystic disease.”

According to Dr. Tutera’s 10-year breast cancer study*, the restoration of normal testosterone levels for women at risk for – or suffering from – breast cancer can make a significant difference in prevention of the disease. Maintaining proper levels of testosterone offers a lifesaving alternative for breast cancer patients who see not only a higher level of survivability, but also a lower chance of recurrence.

“Breast cancer patients are uniformly subjected to the usual treatment of no hormones whatsoever, which actually shortens the life span,” says Dr. Tutera. “Through testosterone replacement with SottoPelle, we have the capability to help patients get their quality of life back.”

In addition to maintaining your hormonal balance and obtaining regular mammograms, here are some simple lifestyle approaches that can help you ward off the disease:

  1. Stay active and keep your body moving! That’s right… just 10 hours of exercise each week can lower your risk by 30 percent.
  2. Eat a healthy diet of whole foods with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  3. Drink less alcohol and fill up on more water. According to several recent studies, limiting alcohol consumption reduces a woman’s risk of developing the disease.
  4. Conduct monthly breast self-examinations. This represents one of the simplest and easiest preventative steps you can take.
  5. Maintain a healthy weight – New research suggests that larger skirt sizes go hand in hand with greater risks for developing breast cancer.

Approximately 3 million breast cancer survivors are living proof that this disease can be beaten. More than 98 percent of cases survive due to early detection. There is hope!

Author:
Gino Tutera, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a board-certified OB/GYN who has practiced medicine “combining good science and common sense” for 40 years. Recognized internationally as a respected authority in the field of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Tutera pioneered SottoPelle® in 2002 with the development of precisely dosed hormone pellets customized for each individual patient. His subcutaneous method has liberated thousands of people from their debilitating symptoms and restored them back to good health.

For the past two decades, he has conducted seminars on his safe and scientifically proven approach while training hundreds of physicians throughout the world. He has authored three books on the subject: You Don’t Have to Live with It! Life Regained: The Real Solution to Managing Menopause and Andropause, and You Don’t Have to Live with It! The Science of SottoPelle®.

Dr. Tutera continues to present his groundbreaking research to medical symposiums in the U.S. and abroad, attracting global media attention as an innovative leader on the vital role of subcutaneous bio-identical hormones in human health, anti-aging and disease prevention.

Sources: http://ncbi.nlm.nhi.gov/pubmed/22733561
* Breast Cancer Study
MARKED REDUCTION OF BREAST, ENDOMETRIAL AND OVARIAN CANCER
IN USERS OF BIO-IDENTICAL ESTRADIOL AND TESTOSTERONE
SUBCUTANEOUS PELLETS

G. Tutera1, D. Gambrell Jr.2. 1SottoPelle, Scottsdale, United States;
2Reproductive Endocrinologists, PC, Augusta, United States

Objectives: A study was conducted to evaluate the incidence of breast,
endometrial and ovarian cancer in users of bio-identical estradiol and
testosterone subcutaneous pellets.
Methods: 976 patients were followed in a ten-year period. The patients
received subcutaneous pellets every four to six months.
Results: Only one case of breast cancer and one case of endometrial cancer
developed in this ten-year period. There were no cases of ovarian cancer.
Conclusions: Subcutaneous estradiol and testosterone pellets do not increase
the risk of development of any of these cancers and, in fact, may be
protective.
Keywords: Cancer, breast cancer, subcutaneous pellets, bio-identical estradiol and
testosterone.
8th European Congress on Menopause (EMAS) / Maturitas 63, Supplement 1 (2009) S1–S136

Can Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Help You Feel Younger?

Hormone deficiency can be an insidious presence. It can snatch your life energy away before you know it. Many men and women come to SottoPelle® feeling tired, depleted, depressed, and unmotivated to engage in life. Old activities no longer bring joy. Relationships strain under the burden of melancholy and a host of other emotional and physical symptoms.
This is the typical scenario of someone suffering from hormone deficiency. Of course, each individual is different, and once deficiency is diagnosed, your SottoPelle® hormone replacement will be customized to fit your needs.

Will it help you feel younger and more vital? That’s what we frequently hear from our patients. But SottoPelle® doesn’t claim to be a fountain of youth. It does, however, become a vital part of your age-management arsenal.

Balance is the Key to Hormones and Life

Your body was meant to function with a full complement of hormones in the perfect amounts and proportions to one another. When one endocrine hormone or another is out of balance (as in the case of perimenopausal and post-menopausal women and in men experiencing andropause), the body’s organs and systems are negatively impacted. That’s when you notice that you don’t have the energy or stamina you once did. You get flabbier and lose muscle mass. Your brain gets foggier and forgetful. Sex doesn’t seem so important anymore and the couch gets way too comfortable.

Restoring hormones to their once beneficial levels allows your body to operate the way it is supposed to. Research has shown that BHRT that restores more youthful levels of hormones can lower the risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetes and other aging-related diseases. When combined with exercise, a healthy diet, stress management and other positive lifestyle modifications, you can enjoy the reawakening of the person you thought you’d never see again. Likewise, as a SottoPelle® patient, your renewed vitality and engagement will help make those lifestyle adjustments that much easier.

Not Every HRT Method Provides Healthful Hormonal Balance

Many hormone replacement practitioners still focus on symptoms and not the bigger picture of a patient’s health. Not us. The goal of SottoPelle® BHRT Pellet Therapy is to reestablish healthful hormone levels. This hormonal balance not only relieves symptoms, but supports healthy aging as well – something we all want. As we tell people each and every day, you really don’t have to live with the risks and discomforts of hormone deficiency. SottoPelle® offers a science-based BHRT solution that is proven safe, effective and convenient.

How Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help You Feel Younger

BHRT therapy, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, is commonly used among men and women who develop symptoms of Andropause or Menopause. Accordingly, these life phases usually occur when individuals reach their forties or fifties causing one to dread middle-aged life. That’s where BHRT therapy comes in; it can help you feel younger in several different ways.
With age, the body naturally begins to function differently. As hormone levels decline, it becomes more difficult to enjoy life as you once did when you were younger. BHRT slows down the aging process utilizing the correct HRT modality.

Rather than accepting the symptoms that come with age, it is now possible to actually feel younger as you grow older. Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, used with the correct modality can help maintain testosterone and estrogen levels for each person to live an optimal life.

Feel Rested
In our forties and fifties, life starts to show us how easy it is to feel more fatigued and tired. Remember your younger days when you could work an entire shift, go to the gym, run errands, and still feel energized. With age, however, this isn’t as simple. BHRT therapy helps maintain hormone levels for your body to stay in sync. This ensures better sleep, stronger muscles, and ability to burn fat, better memory and concentration to name a few benefits.

Healthy Sexual Drive
When testosterone and estrogen levels begin to decline, it can drastically affect one’s sexual life. This might include vaginal dryness or discomfort, and erectile dysfunction. Pellet therapy helps prevent this. Both men and women regain their sexual drive when they invest in SottoPelle?.

Weight Management
Your metabolism naturally slows down with age. Accordingly, it might become more difficult to manage weight gain and maintain muscle mass. Hormone therapy helps an individual with their weight management by utilizing testosterone. Aging does not have to mean that you lose control of your body. Rather, it gives a man or woman the feeling of being more energized and the ability to want to exercise. Hormone therapy can help with weight-loss and promotes healthy living.

As you approach middle-age, one comes to a realization that this is a beautiful part of life. However, the symptoms that come with it are not as welcoming. With BHRT therapy, the stress of fatigue, decreased sexual performance, and weight gain can be put to rest. Age gracefully with SottoPelle®?

The Difference Between Menopause and Andropause

While women are well aware of the fact that they will someday enter into menopause, many men are unaware of the term andropause. This term refers to a time when their reproductive hormones drop tremendously. It usually occurs between the ages 40 and 60 and is commonly listed under a variety of medical terms. When female menopause occurs, the ovaries cease to function or only intermittently. This means that ovulation and menstruation both end and that the female will eventually begin losing estrogen and testosterone hormones as well.  She will be unable to have children at the completion of menopause.

Difference Between Menopause and Andropause

When a man enters andropause, he will begin to see either a gradual or significant drop in his testosterone levels. However, while a woman will no longer be able to have children, this is untrue for a man after andropause. His sperm production will continue and he will be able to father children well into his golden years.Menopause is a natural reaction to a womans body aging. However, there are some variables that can cause early onset in life.

For example, women who excessively drink alcohol, have certain hormonal deficiencies, are obese or have a poor diet are all at risk from menopause occurring sooner rather than later. For women who have their ovaries or uterus removed, this will also speed up the process of menopause as well.One of the most common similarities that men and women will experience between menopause and andropause is that they are quickly returned to how they were before they entered into puberty.

The symptoms that they experience through this process are often similar as well. Some of the most common symptoms that have been reported with both men and women are moodiness, depression, brain fog, hot flashes, night sweats, hair loss, low sex drive, weight gain, vaginal dryness in women and erectile dysfunction in men, among many other complaints. Both men and women experience a sense of lack of sexuality and ultimately loss of control of their own bodies.

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 bio-identical 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 symptons.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 symptons, 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.

Summer Health and Hot Flashes

Summer is a perfect time to start SottoPelle®.  It’s hot outside and who wants to suffer with hot flashes too?  We wanted to post some great tips for staying healthy and active during the hot summer. So what works, and what does not? Let us know, or add your own tips here too.  We will post a new suggestion each week during the summer on our social media. Submit your great or unique idea to help others dealing with summer and Menopause. Until then, we have scoured the net and tried to compile some of the best ideas:

Summer Hot Flashes

  • Sip a cold drink. If you feel a hot flash coming on, this could help lower your body’s temperature.
  • Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated drinks and alcohol can all be triggers.
  • Breathe. Anxiety over the hot flash can actually worsen it. Work on steadying your breathing; practice yoga, meditation or other helpful relaxation techniques.
  • Don’t smoke. Tobacco use is linked to an increase in hot flashes.
  • Wear layers of clothing so you can peel them off when a hot flash hits.
  • Consider complementary or alternative treatments.
  • Freeze something. An ice-cold washcloth taken from the freezer and placed around your neck can cool you off in a hurry. There are also products on the market that contain tiny crystals inside a swath of fabric that you can drape around your neck. Or do as one friend of mine does—open your freezer and stick your head right in!
  • Lose weight. Losing excess pounds can significantly alleviate—or even eliminate—hot flashes. Researchers found that each 11-pound decrease in weight yielded 33 percent greater odds of improvement in hot flashes. It’s not entirely clear why overweight women suffer more; some theorize that excess fat traps heat, leading to more sweating and flushing to cool the body; or that obese women’s blood vessels react differently to heat or stress.

Some other common sense suggestions are:

Sun – Be careful in the sun.  Always wear sunblock and remember fluctuating hormones and normal aging can take a toll on your skin. So use care in the summer sun. Your skin will thank you.

Stress Free – Don’t sweat the small things. Lowering stress levels during menopause or any age can help your health. Find some quiet time each day for yourself. This really is a great de-stressor too.

Socialize – Don’t suffer in silence. There are others out there experiencing the crazy roller coaster called menopause like you.  Seek out others to help support you, either a family member, friend, or trusted doctor.

 

SottoPelle® is a healthy and natural solution to help the quality of life during menopause. Don’t take our word for it, ask the thousands of women and men who are seeing how the Power of Pellets® are helping them all year round.  Remember, send us your great tips on how to deal with Menopause in the Summer time to: media@sphrt.com!!