A foggy memory, fatigue, loss of sex drive, weight gain — these are all problems that many people expect to develop as they get older, so they shrug them off as a normal part of aging. But you don’t have to put up with these age-related changes. They’re often caused by declining hormones, and that’s a treatable problem.
The team here at Bopp Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Metairie, Louisiana, can help you feel like your younger self again with BioTE® bioidentical hormone therapy. As your hormones are restored to youthful levels, age-related changes are reversed. Here’s what you need to know about BioTE and how it can re-energize your life.
Women’s health issues treated with BioTE bioidentical hormone therapy
Women’s hormones fluctuate in the 3-5 years before menopause, then they drop to permanently low levels after menopause. Although classic menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats can make you miserable, they eventually go away on their own.
Without treatment, the other health issues caused by low hormones become chronic and typically worsen. For example, estrogen regulates bone metabolism, so low estrogen increases women’s risk of developing osteoporosis.
The good news is that hormone-related health issues can be prevented or reversed when you restore your hormone levels back to normal with BioTE bioidentical hormone therapy.
Let’s take a look at some of the top women’s health issues caused by low hormones:
When it comes to keeping your skin healthy, estrogen has many important roles. When estrogen levels decline, your skin thins out, dehydrates, and loses strength and elasticity. As a result, you’ll see wrinkles appear at a faster pace.
You can delay these rapid changes with BioTE bioidentical hormone therapy. Studies show that estrogen replacement therapy increases skin thickness by 30%, increases collagen by nearly 7%, and helps prevent wrinkles.
Estrogen helps regulate metabolism and body weight. Without the right amount of estrogen, your body begins to store more fat, especially around your abdomen. You may also find that it’s harder to lose weight.
Vaginal atrophy and painful intercourse
As estrogen declines, about half of all women develop a condition called vaginal atrophy. When you have vaginal atrophy, the tissues lining your vagina go through changes similar to your skin: They thin out, become dehydrated, and lose elasticity. Additionally, loss of estrogen leads to a decline in vaginal blood flow.
Vaginal atrophy causes symptoms such as:
- Painful intercourse
- Loss of lubrication
- Decreased sensitivity
- Dry, itchy, burning vaginal tissues
- Vaginal laxity
- Bleeding during intercourse
- Low sex drive
As if painful intercourse isn’t bad enough, low estrogen can also wipe out your desire to have sex and affect your ability to become aroused.
Depression, mood swings, and memory problems
Estrogen and progesterone have a direct impact on areas of your brain involved in emotions and cognition. Estrogen even helps produce brain chemicals that regulate your mood.
In other words, your emotional volatility and memory fog are real and may be due to loss of hormones.
Men benefit from BioTE bioidentical hormone therapy too
Even though men don’t go through a transition as dramatic as menopause, they do experience hormonal changes. Levels of testosterone naturally decline as men get older. Starting around the age 30-40, men’s testosterone declines at the rate of about 1% every year.
Low testosterone causes problems such as:
- Low sex drive
- Fewer spontaneous erections
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass and strength
- Thinning of beard and body hair
- Memory loss and difficulty concentrating
All the symptoms caused by low testosterone can be treated with BioTE bioidentical hormone therapy.
Here’s why BioTE bioidentical hormone therapy is an exceptional treatment
Each prescription of BioTE is custom-made to contain the type of hormones and the precise dose needed for each person. As your hormones return to the same levels as when you were younger, tissues are restored, body systems are properly regulated, and your “aging” problems are reversed.
BioTE hormones are preferred because they’re bioidentical, which means they have the exact molecular structure as the hormones normally produced in your body. The hormones are also produced from natural plants rather than animals or synthetic chemicals, so you’re less likely to have side effects.
Your BioTE bioidentical hormones have another advantage: They come in the form of pellets. A pellet, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under your skin, where it continuously releases the hormones for 3-6 months.
Pellets deliver a consistent dose of hormone, providing just the right amount your body needs. As a result, you don’t have to worry about the roller coaster effect of fluctuating hormones found from other forms of hormone therapy.
When you choose BioTE bioidentical hormone therapy, you’ll quickly notice the difference in your appearance, energy, sex drive, and overall health. To learn more about BioTE, call Bopp Dermatology or book an appointment online.