SottoPelle® Recognizes Michael Zufelt, D.O. for outstanding contributions to BHRT and His Quality Care for His Patients!

Michael Zufelt, D.O. has been a SottoPelle® Trained Provider since January 2020.

As a Utah native, Michael Zufelt, D.O. enjoys serving his patients and friends in the Salt Lake City, Utah and surrounding areas under the name of Hair Restoration Center of Utah. He continues to provide a world-class experience and has been doing so for the past 27 years.

Michael Zufelt, D.O., Salt Lake City, Utah, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, and received his medical degree from Western University in southern California and residency from Midwestern University in Chicago.  After practicing as an Emergency Specialist in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah, for several years, Michael Zufelt, D.O.  completed the prestigious MHR fellowship in Hair Transplant Surgery.

Michael Zufelt, D.O. developed an interest in HRT after using it himself for a couple of years. Michael Zufelt, D.O. found the benefits of using HRT incredibly life-changing.  Michael Zufelt, D.O. always likes to share advances or benefits in medical therapy with his patients. Over the last few years, many of his hair patients were coming in and were on HRT, many of them using topical and self-injections, which were increasing their hair loss, so he needed to find a solution for both problems. The bio-identical pellets seemed to be the best option.  Michael Zufelt, D.O. says he believes strongly that it is best to help the body heal from “within.”  Taking care of the body so that it can adjust and deal with whatever it receives, whether it is a tough day at work or a hard work out or a hair transplant surgery if it is in prime condition and well balanced, it can respond to the level we want.

”SottoPelle® met the needs of my patients to improve their hormone levels and feel more youthful as well as minimizing the effects on hair loss,” said Michael Zufelt, D.O.  “The SottoPelle® staff have also been so supportive in all aspects of the field.  Their dosing application helps with dosing and their support with email and phone calls is amazing. They always have great suggestions and guidanceTheir commitment to excellence fits with my personal philosophy “to help each patient by giving them something they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.”

When Michael Zufelt, D.O. is not working, he has a love for running.  He mostly runs the local trails and also mountain bikes.  The Best Day, Michael Zufelt, D.O.  loves to water ski and spend as much time outdoors as possible.

“We are proud to be associated with Michael Zufelt, D.O.  whom we have trained to understand the best practices of BHRT,” states CarolAnn Tutera, CEO of SottoPelle®.   “We are thrilled to have Michael Zufelt, D.O. as a Provider of Note who shares our vision of best practices and quality patient care.”

View additional information about Michael Zufelt, D.O.  or to contact the office; please visit his SottoPelle® directory listing:   https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/michael-zufelt-do

Provider Information:
Michael Zufelt, D.O.
2104 Fort Union Blvd
Cottonwood Heights, Utah, 84121
(801) 943-1751

 

 

SottoPelle® Recognizes Kushna K. Damallie, MD. for outstanding contributions to BHRT and His Quality Care for His Patients

SottoPelle® Announces its “Featured Provider Series” showcasing various Providers that have made a difference to their patients offering leading-edge Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

Kushna K. Damallie, MD. has been a SottoPelle® Trained Provider since October 2019.

Kushna K. Damallie, MD. was born in Nassau, Bahamas, and completed his undergraduate studies at Morris Brown College in 1995.  Kushna K. Damallie, MD. is an obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Clarksdale, Mississippi.   Kushna K. Damallie MD. completed his residency at Johnson City Medical Center East Tennessee State University.  He currently practices at The Woman’s Clinic and is affiliated with Northwest Mississippi Medical Center.

Kushna K.  Damallie, MD.  has more experience with Gynecologic Care, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Obstetric Care than other specialists in his area.   Kushna K. Damallie, MD. is dedicated to outstanding care and proactive support for the many issues and concerns that arise as we age.  Since adding SottoPelle® BHRT to his practice, Kushna K. Damallie, MD. has been able to provide his patients with more options to relieve their health issues.

Kushna K. Damallie, MD. is affiliated with numerous hospitals throughout Mississippi and more, such as Northwest Mississippi Medical Center, North Sunflower Medical Center and Merit Health Northwest Regional Medical Center.

“We are proud to be associated with Kushna K. Damallie, MD. whom we have trained to understand the best practices of BHRT,” states CarolAnn Tutera, CEO of SottoPelle.   “We are thrilled to have Kushna K. Damallie, MD. as a Provider of Note who shares our vision of best practices and quality patient care.”

Kushna K. Damallie, MD. has the following education and qualifications:

  • Kushna K. Damallie, MD. attended Boston University School of Medicineand then graduated in 1999
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology ABOG
  • Mississippi State Medical License 2003 – 2020
  • North Carolina State Medical License 2010 – 2012
  • Tennessee 2001 – 2020
  • Over 21 years of experience in the field of medicine

To view additional information about Kushna K. Damallie, MD. or to contact the office, please visit his SottoPelle® directory listing: https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/kushna-damallie-md/

Provider Information:
Kushna K. Damallie, MD
The Women’s Clinic
2000 N. State Street
Clarksdale, Mississippi  38614
(662) 627-7361
https://www.facebook.com/twcobgyn38614

 

Getting your Hormones in Shape for Summer

Swimsuit season is here! But if you are struggling with the symptoms of hormone imbalance, you might not be too excited about showing off your “beach bod.” Both men and women can have a harder time maintaining a healthy weight and muscle mass ratio when they are “out of balance.” When your hormones are out of whack, the rest of the body usually follows. 

Weight Gain in Women
Ladies, does any of this sound familiar?  

  • Weight gain around the middle 
  • Bloating 
  • Favorite jeans don’t fit 
  • Less muscle mass 
  • Have a harder time losing weight 

As estrogen levels drop during perimenopause and menopause, weight gain and changes in weight distribution can be an unpleasant side effect. Women gain an average of five pounds during menopause, but many women who are already overweight or obese will continue to gain. Other factors can contribute to weight gain during this time, including fatigue, antidepressant use, sleep changes, “empty nest syndrome,” and changes in job or relationships. 

 And it’s not just about switching from a bikini to a one-piece. Significant weight gain in your 40s puts you at greater risk for serious health problems like breast cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.  

 One way to prevent this cascade of health problems is to maintain healthy hormone levels. With SottoPelle bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, one treatment every few months can keep you feeling and looking your best all year round without the hormone roller coaster. Customized to you, pellets deliver the right dose of hormone at the right time for constant, consistent results. 

Weight gain in Men
Men aren’t immune from hormone-related changes that affect their beach body, either. As testosterone levels drop, men tend to experience an increase in weight, an increase in body fat, and a decrease in lean muscle mass and strength. Sometimes breast tissue enlarges (gynecomastia).  

 Additional symptoms such as fatigue, sleep problems, depression, and a decrease in motivation or self-confidence can also contribute to weight gain in men during this time. And, just like with women, obesity raises the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.  

 Something else many men don’t realize: obesity and hormone imbalance can contribute to erectile dysfunction. In fact, obesity and hormone imbalance in men seem to feed into one another, each causing the other to become worse. 

 Good thing SottoPelle Therapy works for men, too! SottoPelle’s bioidentical testosterone therapy delivers a steady, consistent dose of natural hormone right into your bloodstream, keeping your T levels where they need to be all year long. 

 Men and women, If your 40+ “beach bod” isn’t what you hoped it would be and you can’t seem to get and keep the weight off, it could mean that your hormones need to get in shape before you can. 

Book your SottoPelle appointment today and your beach vacation next! 

Resources 

https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2017/june/obesity-and-weight-management-at-menopause/ 

https://www.obesityaction.org/community/article-library/men-is-obesity-affecting-your-sex-life/ 

Re-igniting Your Relationship

Do you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain?

You don’t have to answer… these are just the lyrics to a familiar song about a longtime couple who went “looking” for adventures in romance and wound up re-discovering one other.

Maybe one of the reasons the song has stood the test of time is because many men and women can relate. Keeping a relationship fresh can be challenging when you’ve been together for a long time. Jobs, kids, parents, stress, plus the effects of aging can all take a toll.

If the romance between you and your partner tastes a little flat, don’t assume it’s “love on the rocks.” There are many things you can do. Think of this list as a swizzle stick for your marriage, stirring up all those feelings from when you first fell in love! So, belly up to the bar and let’s see what’s on the menu.

Write a Love Letter to Your Spouse

Everyone loves to feel loved. Spending some time thinking about and expressing what you love and appreciate about your partner is a great way to re-kindle some of those feelings. Human psychology often leads us to take things (and people) for granted. Let your spouse know you are still in love with him or her. There’s a good chance that some of those little details you fell in love with haven’t changed a bit.

Try Something New Together

Whether it’s a new restaurant, a weekend away to a place you’ve never been, or a salsa class, doing something new together will boost both of your dopamine levels and give you that “butterflies in the stomach” feeling we associate with new love. According to Psychology Today, studies show that learning a new activity together strengthens a couple’s bond.

Kiss More Often

Did you know that simply by smiling, you can improve your mood? The physical act has an impact on your mental state. In the same way, you can increase feelings of love and attraction by simply making an effort to kiss, touch, and cuddle more often with your partner. Give it a try!

Revisit Special Places

Where did you meet? Go on your first date? Did you have a particularly romantic encounter, for example on a cruise or vacation? Go back to that place and watch how the triggered memories can rekindle your flame.

Fix Your Physiology

Sometimes there is a physiological component to why you just aren’t “feeling it.” Hormone imbalance can take a toll on your sex life, creating loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, and vaginal dryness. Low hormone levels can cause belly fat build-up and a reduction in lean muscle mass, making you feel less attractive. Out of whack hormones can even tank your mood, create anxiety, or launch you into depression. If any of this sounds familiar, a SottoPelle provider may be able to help. Bioidentical hormone replacement with pellet therapy is a safe, proven way to bring your hormones back to healthy levels so you can look and feel your best.

So, whether it’s piña coladas, whiskey sours or a cold glass of non-alcoholic bubbly water, let’s toast to your relationship and all the ways to keep it fresh and fun even as the years go by!

Why Your Bones Want You To Have Healthy Hormones

You know that having balanced hormones helps alleviate symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido and mood swings. But healthy hormone levels do more than improve the way you feel– they can save your bones (and maybe even your life).

May is National Osteoporosis Month, and according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation:

● An estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, 80% of them women
● Almost half of women over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis
● A woman’s risk of hip fracture is equal to her combined risk of uterine, ovarian and breast cancer.1

Not only that, studies show that the risk of death goes up sharply in the event of a hip or back fracture.2

What does this have to do with hormones?

The hormone estrogen protects women’s bones, and when menopause hits and estrogen levels plummet, women are at greater risk for bone loss, osteoporosis and fractures. Hormone replacement therapy keeps estrogen levels where they should be, protecting your bones and, as a result, your health and vitality.

What if I am already taking medications to prevent bone loss?

While for older women with a diagnosis of osteoporosis, bone building drugs can and do reduce the incidence of fractures, many younger post-menopausal women with osteopenia (bone loss that is not as severe as osteoporosis) are being prescribed these drugs on a “preventive” basis. These drugs can have serious side effects, and research shows that they don’t provide much protection from fractures for women in these situations.3

Maintaining healthy hormone levels can help women protect their bones without the side effects associated with bone building medications.

What about men?

Just like with women, healthy hormone levels are an important part of protecting bone health in men.

A 2017 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that one year of testosterone therapy significantly increased bone density and bone strength in men aged 65 and older. This is part of what researchers have dubbed “the T Trials,” an effort by the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of testosterone treatment in 790 men ages 65 and older. The ongoing trials will next seek to confirm if testosterone therapy and its bone-building ability also protects men from suffering fractures.4

In the meantime, it’s exciting that the research is catching up to what we already know– that healthy hormone levels are key to aging well, staying strong, remaining vital, and holding onto your health, all the way down to your bones!

Resources:

1. https://www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/general-facts/what-women-need-to-know/
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4124750/
3. http://hormonebalance.org/userfiles/file/aarp_bone_health.pdf
4. https://www.healio.com/primary-care/mens-health/news/online/%7B65bd909f-b9ad-420a-89f8-2128df053f51%7D/testosterone-treatment-improves-bone-density-strength-in-older-men

Testosterone Therapy: Help For Men With Low T & Weight Issues

Obesity is a problem for 70 million adults in the United States including 54 million men. But while we know that obesity raises our risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and more, for men it is also linked to hormone deficiency.

Bottom line: many men who are obese might also have low testosterone (T).

Looked at closely, it appears to be a case of the chicken and the egg. Testosterone deficiency causes men to gain fat and lose lean muscle mass. Insulin resistance caused by obesity lowers testosterone levels. As those two forces feed each other, the result is a man who is overweight and getting bigger, is unmotivated to lose the weight, and if he does try, has very little success.

If you know someone like this, testosterone pellet therapy could be the answer.

The numbers support this. A 2007 study of men ages 40 and up found that each one-point increase in BMI coincided with a 2% decrease in testosterone. A 2008 study of men ages 30 and up found that a four-inch increase in waist circumference increased a man’s odds of having low testosterone by 75%. Waist size was the strongest predictor of developing symptoms of testosterone deficiency. Australian research suggests that one in every seven obese men could benefit from testosterone replacement.1

By raising testosterone to proper levels with the help of pellets & SottoPelle’s bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, patients report signs that the vicious cycle of obesity and low T are lowered.

Fit mature man smiling while standing in a gym lifting heavy weights during a workout session

How can healthy levels of testosterone help men lose weight and keep it off?

  • Healthy testosterone levels help men build lean muscle mass
  • Healthy testosterone levels help men burn fat more effectively.
  • Healthy testosterone levels help improve mood and make men feel more motivated, competitive and excited about life in general.

It’s not just anecdotal, either. According to Endocrine News, a study presented at ENDO 2019 showed that long-term testosterone therapy in men with obesity and hypogonadism contributed to prolonged weight loss without added risks. In fact, losing the weight and being healthier as a result actually lowered their risk of mortality and major adverse cardiovascular events.

Not only that, but even though patients in the study were always counseled on exercise and nutrition, it was only once they had begun testosterone therapy that they began to follow the recommendations and even ask for more!

It appears that testosterone replacement therapy knocked them out of the vicious cycle of low T and weight gain into a healthier feedback loop of weight loss, physical activity and motivation.

That’s great news! Here’s more:

Over the ten years of the study, the men who received testosterone lost over 20% of their baseline weight, their waist circumference dropped by almost five whole inches, and their BMI decreased by over seven kg/m2. The control group (who received no testosterone) gained in all three measurements.2

Now that you know the link between obesity and low testosterone, what can you do?

First you need to find out if low testosterone may be fueling your inability to lose weight and stay healthy.

Make an appointment with a SottoPelle practitioner to find out if you are a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement and break the vicious cycle!

References:

  1. Harvard Health Publishing. “Obesity: Unhealthy and Unmanly.” Harvard Health, Harvard Health Publishing: Harvard Medical School, Mar. 2011, www.health.harvard.edu/mens-health/obesity-unhealthy-and-unmanly.
  2. Bagley, Derek. “The Long Haul: Treating Men with Obesity with Testosterone.” Endocrine News: Endocrine Society, June 24, 2019, https://endocrinenews.endocrine.org/the-long-haul-treating-men-with-obesity-with-testosterone/

Fits Like A Glove

Finding your “fit.”

Some things we just have to live with.

Luckily, the symptoms of hormone imbalance are not one of them.

Still, hundreds of thousands of women and men are suffering through uncomfortable physical and mental symptoms that take a toll on their work, relationships, and quality of life. Sometimes their doctors have told them to “just live with it.” Others may have offered them hormone replacement creams, pills or patches made of risky synthetic hormones.

There’s another option.

What makes SottoPelle® different?

The SottoPelle approach to hormone replacement therapy is different, as we use bio identical HRT “pellets” placed painlessly under the skin. Let’s take a look at why this is the most desirable approach to HRT.

The definition of bioidentical is “chemically identical to what your body produces naturally.” This means your body can’t tell the difference between bio identical hormones and the hormones your body once produced, naturally. To your body, they are the same, and that means that in your body, they behave the same way.

The “Hand in the Glove” Analogy

We like to think of Bio identical Pellet therapy as “a hand in a glove.” The glove is the hormone pellet, and the hand is your body. When you put the two together, everything fits…” like, a glove”. The two work seamlessly together.

If you were given a glove designed any other way, your hand wouldn’t fit quite right. That’s what happens with synthetic hormones. They are made with estrogen or testosterone, but they are not biologically identical to your own. This creates a “mismatch” in your body that can lead to unwanted side effects.

It might help to understand how delicate and sensitive the hormonal system in our bodies is. Hormones bind with cells and tissues via proteins in the body called hormone receptors. Once bound, the hormones can create the necessary cellular changes that keep you healthy and feeling good. Your naturally occurring hormones have the perfect molecular structure to “fit” into these hormone receptors. 

When you have a hormone imbalance, your body doesn’t make enough to meet your needs, and you experience symptoms. SottoPelle’s bioidentical hormones, being molecularly identical, are received by your body in the same fashion, react in the same way on a cellular level and produce the same results as your naturally occurring hormones. They quench the thirst of those empty hormone receptors. They fill the gap perfectly.

Synthetic hormones do not have the same molecular structure, absorption capabilities or receptor affinity as bioidenticals. On top of that, the doses are, to some degree, “one-size-fits-all”. The delivery system doesn’t work the same way your body does. The glove doesn’t fit.

Why bioidentical hormones are preferred

The continuing research on bioidentical hormones is making the picture more and more clear: on a cellular level, little things make a big difference.

When we take a look at the science of bioidentical hormone replacement, we learn that:

● bioidentical progesterone does not have a negative effect on blood lipids or vessels like many synthetic progestins

● bioidentical progesterone may carry less risk regarding breast cancer incidence 

● bioidentical estrogens and progesterone suggest a reduced risk of blood clots compared to their non-bioidentical counterparts

● bioidentical hormones are safer and work better than commonly used synthetic versions of hormone replacement therapy

Not only is SottoPelle hormone replacement method biologically identical to your own naturally produced hormones, but our delivery method is also individualized. Through blood tests, we know the correct amount of hormones you need, and we can provide it. We don’t have to squeeze you into someone else’s glove.

Also, our unique delivery system ensures that the correct amount of hormone reaches your bloodstream in a steady, consistent dose, not with the ups and downs produced by other delivery methods like pills, creams or patches.

Just like wearing a well-fitting glove helps you do the job with ease, having the right fit for your hormones helps you live your life with balance, convenience, confidence, and joy.

Let us help you find your “fit.” Contact one of our SottoPelle Certified Providers today. 

Your overall health and wellbeing will thank you for it.

Top 5 Myths About Testosterone Use In Women

Think testosterone is just for guys? Think again. Testosterone plays a crucial role in women’s health, too, and it’s not what you think. Women across the globe are discovering, with the help of SottoPelle® Therapy, a bioidentical hormone replacement, that testosterone therapy can ease their symptoms of menopause and improve their quality of life in more ways than one.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 myths about testosterone use and women.

  1. Myth #1: Testosterone is a “male” hormone. While we usually associate testosterone with men, the fact is that testosterone is an extremely important part of the hormonal system in both sexes. Testosterone is, in fact, the most abundant biologically active hormone in women! The androgen receptor for testosterone is actually found on the X chromosome. However, testosterone became a member of the “boys only” club, it isn’t based on science.
  2. Myth #2: In women, testosterone only helps with sex drive and libido. Yes, testosterone is the most abundant active sex steroid present in a woman throughout her lifespan, but that’s not where its influence ends. Functional androgen receptors (molecules that bind to testosterone and other androgens to perform specific functions for cells) are located in almost all tissues in the female body, including the breast, heart, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, lung, brain, spinal cord, nerves, bladder, uterus, ovaries, endocrine glands, vaginal tissue, skin, bone, muscle and more. This is why testosterone replacement therapy can help women not only with sexual issues, but also with bone loss, muscle loss, urinary complaints, breast pain, rheumatoid complaints, incontinence, and fatigue, just to name a few.
  3. Myth #3: Testosterone masculinizes women. Large doses of testosterone will create a masculinizing effect, as evidenced by hormone treatment for transgender persons. But low dose, individualized testosterone treatments, such as those used with SottoPelle® Therapy, a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, are designed to bring testosterone levels up to normal, not to exceed them. Any unwanted side effects can be reversed by lowering the dose. Some research has even shown that low doses of testosterone not only don’t masculinize women, they also produce a “feminizing effect.”
  4. Myth #4: Testosterone use will change your voice. Unfortunately, anecdotal reports have suggested that testosterone therapy can cause hoarseness or permanent vocal changes in women; however, studies have produced no conclusive evidence of this. The most common causes of hoarseness and voice change are allergies, laryngitis, reflux, voice over-use, mucosal tears, medications, and vocal cord polyps. Taking testosterone is not going to change your voice.
  5. Myth #5: Testosterone causes hair loss in women. This myth doesn’t make a lot of sense biologically speaking as men have higher levels of testosterone in their bodies than women, and yet they experience more hair loss. The fact is that many factors contribute to hair loss (including genetics), and approximately one third of women experience hair loss and hair thinning with normal aging. As aging coincides with a natural decline in testosterone, this may be where the myth developed. In truth, testosterone pellet therapy has been associated with scalp hair re-growth in many women, suggesting that instead of making women lose hair, raising testosterone back to healthy levels may help them to grow more of it.

Those aren’t all the myths associated with testosterone use in women, but they are some of the most common. Check back for more myths about testosterone therapy and women in our next blog post.

Reference:

Glaser et al. Testosterone therapy in women: Myths and misconceptions. Maturitas (2013) 74:231-234

It’s time.

How to tell your partner, spouse, friend… “IT’S TIME” for SottoPelle®

A person with a hormone balance can be difficult to live with. Irritability, anxiety, moodiness, and fatigue can all take a toll on a relationship. If the person is your partner, add sexual dysfunction to the mix, and the problems can compound.

If you’ve noticed unpleasant changes in someone close to you who it (very well) might be their hormones. If you are unsure, consider the following:

Some of the most common symptoms of hormone imbalance in women include:

● Hot flashes and sweating

● Sleep problems

● Depressive mood

● Irritability

● Anxiety and panic

● Fatigue/exhaustion

● Sexual problems

● Vaginal dryness

● Brian fog/memory loss

For men, the most common symptoms are:

● A decline in their sense of wellbeing

● Joint or muscle discomfort

● Excessive sweating

● Sleep problems

● Fatigue

● Irritability

● Nervousness

● Anxiety

● A decrease in muscle strength

● Depressive mood

● Sexual problems

● A decrease in morning erections

● Decrease in libido

Do these look familiar?

If so, it’s time to talk about Natural HRT using the SottoPelle® Method. Research shows that relieving some of the bothersome physical symptoms of hormone imbalance results in improvements in psychological symptoms. It makes sense. Hot flashes and a racing heart can be scary! They tend to create and foster anxiety. Issues with sexual performance or libido combined with fatigue can make a man feel depressed and “past his prime.”

So how do you break the news to your loved one that it’s time to look into SottoPelle? Here are a few ideas:

Let them know they aren’t alone! About half of 2,000 women surveyed (47%) reported having experienced the symptoms of hormone imbalance. While fewer studies have been done on men, it is well-documented that after age 40, men experience a slow but continuous decline in testosterone levels often triggering symptoms of hormone imbalance.

There’s no shame in it. The symptoms of hormone imbalance can be embarrassing, especially for men. Sexual dysfunction combined with extra weight, loss of muscle mass, and even gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) may not be something he wants to face. Let him know it’s not him… it’s his hormones. And there’s a safe, natural way to correct them.

It’s easy and convenient. The SottoPelle method makes hormone replacement as easy as a programmable thermostat– “set it and forget it!” The tiny pellet implants dissolve over time, delivering a steady, therapeutic dose of hormone into the bloodstream. There is no daily pill to take, cream to administer or patch to worry about. Feeling better couldn’t be more hands-off!

Give them the facts. If they aren’t sure if they are experiencing hormone imbalance, let them research it for themselves. They can visit our website, take our self-assessment, or browse our testimonials page. 

You want them to feel good about themselves again. Sometimes the mental and emotional toll hormone imbalance takes can be worse than the physical symptoms. Night sweats and fatigue are unpleasant, but anxiety and depression can be downright devastating. Let your partner know you love them, and you just want them to feel good again. And they can… with SottoPelle bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. 

Methods to Maintain Sexual Health

We’ll get straight to the point: Let’s talk about sex.

There’s a notion that older adults have no business in any sort of sexual activity. However, as we’ve previously shared in our post on how to ‘Get a Bang Out of Aging This New Year’, intimacy is an integral part of our being, and it’s imperative that we care for our sexual health.

This is why it’s high time we break the taboo that surrounds conversations about sexual health. After all, sex is a normal part of the human experience, and should be treated as such. So, we’ve rounded up some key methods for you to maintain your sexual health in this stage of your life and beyond.


Exercise More Often

According to a study conducted by Anglia Ruskin University, older adults who are more sexually active are more likely to experience a greater enjoyment of life. But, it’s important to note that in order to be sexually active, you must be physically active as well. While sexual desires won’t disappear as you age, our agility and flexibility are expected to decline. And since sex is essentially a form of exercise, you must be in good shape to prevent pain or even injuries. To keep your body in tip-top condition, you should engage in cardio exercise at least three times a week. Cardio workouts, such as jogging, swimming, and dancing, help secure both your physical and sexual health, as these exercises help increase your body’s stamina and endurance, while also enhancing heart health.

Talk to Your Healthcare Provider

Developing a healthy sex life in your middle age may be difficult, as some struggle to cope with the physiological changes. Luckily, healthcare providers can help you overcome these huge psychological barriers. Indeed, their support is needed now more than ever, as Maryville University notes the demand for health services managers is expected to rise to 17% by 2024. Their support goes beyond medical assistance, as they teach and rehabilitate their patients who are adjusting to this new stage of their life. As such, you shouldn’t be afraid to open up to them about whatever it is you’re feeling — whether it’s physical or psychological distress. After all, poor mental health can have adverse effects on your physical state: People struggling with depression and anxiety, for example, may find that these issues also affect their sexual health.

Be Mindful of Your Diet

As you get older, one of the biggest hurdles your sex life will face is how your reproductive organs will function. For some men, they’ll find that achieving an erection can be quite the challenge due to poor blood flow and testosterone loss. Meanwhile, women experience a significant loss of estrogen as they age, which can lead to vaginal dryness. Although these physical changes may hinder your sexual performance, you can overcome these obstacles by adopting healthier eating habits.

True enough, University of Minnesota’s Jamie Feldman notes that men should incorporate plant-based and heart-healthy food into their diet to help protect their erectile function. Meanwhile, a nourishing diet also proves vital for women, too, as consuming superfoods like soybeans, flax seeds, and fruits like apricots, peaches, and strawberries will help boost estrogen levels. All in all, a healthy diet is key in promoting sexual health.

Talking about sexual health may still be taboo, but there’s no reason to feel ashamed about caring for your own. At the end of the day, your sexual feelings are completely valid — no matter your age.

Article specially written for sottopelletherapy.com

Prepared by Alicia Wilson