Dr. Maupin and Brett discuss questions and concerns from women considering hormone replacement.
Our discussion this week covers some of the specific questions people ask when they begin to consider whether or not they are candidates for hormone replacement therapy.
Women regularly have these questions:
- Can I take Testosterone Pellets before I have gone through menopause? There is a ten-year window during which you have become clinically symptomatic of a hormone loss to do something about it. During this period, you can safely restore your hormones, and this will help prevent the deterioration of aging and the diseases and illnesses of aging. If you wait longer than the ten years that leads to more serious problems.
- Hormones you need to think about replacing to young healthy normal levels are Testosterone and Estrogen. If you have a uterus you may need to take progesterone when you get your estrogen replaced, to prevent bleeding.
- How are the dosages determined for the pellets you are given? Training and experience are the best guides for determining dosage. The testosterone pellets last about four months for the average woman. And the average dose is 150 milligrams if you are using a 100-milligram pellet. It is important that the pellets come from a reliable and consistent compounding pharmacy. This leads to predictability and reliability. The basic dose lasts around four months for women and about six months for men.
- If you drink more as you age will that lead to your making more estrogen? Dr. Maupin discusses this issue for both men and women. She says that drinking can lead to the development of man boobs! This has to do with the development and conversion of estrogen in the body. Women will experience similar sensitivity in their breasts because their bodies have not been used to getting the dose of estrogen they obtain from the pellets.
Remember dose determination is both a science and an art. It requires training and experience. Dr. Maupin’s office staff have many years of specializing in pellet hormone replacement. They have worked with literally thousands of patients to normalize their hormone balances. These skills and the training they continue to obtain make them uniquely qualified to determine the appropriate dose. Their experience and their attention to what you have to say about your symptoms guide them for the determination of the pellet dosage you receive.
Listen to our Healthcast to hear the complete discussion of symptoms, the information they provide, and the process by which the office makes the decision for proper dosing.
This Health cast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC., Family Counselor, Presenter and Author. www.BioBalanceHealth.com.