Hormone Replacement Therapy
The levels of some hormones naturally decrease throughout your lifespan due to menopause, the aging process, and other factors.
However, hormonal changes can cause unpleasant symptoms and greatly affect your quality of life. Our Plano, TX, doctors are here to help.
Hormone replacement therapy from Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery can help you feel like the best version of yourself again.
Our Hormone Replacement Method A Convenient, Reliable Solution
Our Plano, TX, doctors can address menopausal symptoms and other adverse effects of hormone imbalance using hormone pellets, which are roughly the size of a grain of rice. The pellets we use are specially made to ensure you receive the ideal dosage for your body. Your doctor will create a very small pocket in your subcutaneous tissue and insert pellets that will steadily release important hormones over three to six months.
Male patients can receive testosterone-based hormone therapy to counteract the natural decrease in hormone levels that comes with aging.
Supplementing testosterone can help increase your libido, energy levels, concentration, muscle mass, and more.
Female patients can receive a combination of bioidentical estradiol (a form of estrogen) and progesterone* to replace the same hormones affected by menopause and aging. This treatment can combat the symptoms of menopause and regulate your mood, weight, and sleep cycle.
*If you have had a hysterectomy, your body no longer requires progesterone, and your custom formula will be composed entirely of estrogen.
The Benefits of Pellets For Hormone Therapy
Creams and pills for hormone replacement can quickly spike your hormone levels upon use, but as they wear off, your levels drop again. This fluctuation can aggravate the symptoms you've sought treatment for in the first place. Pellets gradually release hormones into your body over the course of several months for a steadier effect.
Ease of Use
It's also easy to forget to use a pill or cream on a daily basis, leading to inconsistent treatment. Because hormone pellets are inserted by a doctor, there's no chance of forgetting your dosage. When the time comes, your doctor can provide more pellets in another short procedure.
The pellet method uses bioidentical hormones, which means that they are chemically identical to the hormones naturally produced by the human body. In addition to helping with symptoms like hot flashes, low libido, sleep issues, and more, a review published in Postgraduate Medicine concluded that bioidentical hormones are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease than synthetic or animal-derived alternatives.
High Satisfaction Rates
Many patients prefer this form of hormone replacement therapy for its convenience and steady results. In fact, a study on testosterone-based pellet hormone therapy reported a 95% satisfaction rate among surveyed patients within six to 12 months of treatment.
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It can be difficult to sort through the pros and cons when deciding whether to pursue hormone replacement therapy to treat the symptoms of menopause or decreased testosterone. Dr. Cribbins and our medical team are happy to speak with you about the benefits and potential risks of various types of hormone replacement therapy.
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Pellet Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer Understanding What the Studies Show
You may have read that hormone therapy has been linked to certain diseases, such as breast cancer. It is true that some studies have found an association between hormone replacement therapy and an increased risk of breast cancer. However, it's important to consider participant demographics, the duration of treatment, the treatment method, and which specific types of hormones carry an increased risk.
While your treatment will always be your choice, we want you to know that we have found hormone therapy with bioidentical hormone pellets to be a very safe and effective method for treating the hormonal symptoms of menopause and aging. This is backed up by recent evidence. The results of a 2021 study on hormone therapy that tracked the incidence of a range of adverse effects, including heart disease and breast cancer, showed an occurrence rate of less than 1% out of over 1,000,000 surveyed adults.
Additionally, a 2020 study of over 500,000 women demonstrated a low risk of breast cancer after combined hormone replacement therapy and an even lower risk after estrogen-only therapy. It's also important to note that this study focused exclusively on synthetic and animal-based hormones, not bioidentical hormones, which, as mentioned above, have been associated with even lower risks of adverse effects.
Considerations for Potential Candidates
If any of these conditions have previously applied or currently apply to you, hormone therapy may not be the best choice to help you manage the symptoms of menopause or decreased testosterone levels.
- Blood Clots
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Breast or Reproductive Cancers
- Prostate Cancer
- Currently Pregnant
Additionally, hormone replacement therapy does come with the risk of some adverse side effects, including:
- Blood Clots
- Vaginal Bleeding
- Enlarged Prostate
Keep in mind that these side effects will not necessarily last for the duration of your hormone treatment, and some carry a very low risk of occurrence. Candidacy for hormone therapy is determined based on your medical history, current hormone levels, and other factors. Our Plano, TX, team will thoroughly consider your situation when deciding if hormone replacement therapy with pellets is right for you.
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How Does Hormone Therapy With Pellets Work?
The entire procedure can be performed in less than 20 minutes.