You enter menopause when you haven’t had a menstrual period for 12 months. This change in your body occurs because your ovaries stop releasing eggs and producing estrogen and progesterone. These changes in your ovaries can take place suddenly or slowly over several years.
No matter how long it takes for you to reach menopause, changes in your hormones can lead to a wide range of symptoms that can impact your everyday life. Gwen Allen, MD, knows it’s hard to look and feel your best when you have menopause symptoms. At Gardena Women's Center in Gardena, California, she offers BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help you feel like yourself again.
There are three stages of menopause: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. You can experience hormonal imbalances during all of these stages. Common signs of menopause include:
Even though the average age of menopause for American women is 51, you can begin experiencing the symptoms of perimenopause in your 30s. To help you manage your menopause symptoms, Dr. Allen recommends BioTE hormone replacement therapy to restore balance in your body.
Unlike traditional, synthetic hormone replacements derived from animals, BioTE takes a more natural approach by using a plant-based compound. These pellets contain bioidentical ingredients that your body can absorb more easily than synthetic hormone treatments.
To correct your hormone levels, Dr. Allen conducts a screening to identify your specific imbalance. After determining your dosage, she inserts your BioTE pellets beneath your skin in a discrete location, such as your upper buttocks or hip. This unique approach delivers a consistent supply of hormones to your system throughout your treatment, helping you avoid the roller coaster effects seen with oral and topical hormone replacement solutions.
After Dr. Allen inserts your pellets during a simple in-office procedure, you should avoid baths, swimming, hot tubs, and extraneous activity for a few days while your incision heals. Each BioTE dose lasts 3-6 months, so you won’t have the hassle of remembering to take a prescription.
Once in place, your BioTE pellets will begin working immediately. As the bioidentical hormones enter your bloodstream and bring your system back into balance, you can expect to experience several improvements from your menopause symptoms, such as:
While BioTE begins working immediately, it can take some time to see the full results from your hormone replacement therapy. Many women start noticing positive changes within a few weeks, but it can take 3-6 months until your hormone levels are properly balanced.
To see if hormone replacement therapy can help with your menopause symptoms, call Gardena Women’s Center or schedule an appointment online today.