Although menopause is a completely natural stage of life and is very different for every woman, a majority of women dread the idea of entering this stage.
While menopause can be a challenging cycle of life for some, it isn’t always. However, to help you stay comfortable, we’re going to share some helpful tips on how to manage menopause like a pro and how hormone pellets can help.
We’re sure you’ve heard of the hot flashes, weight gain, and mood swings, but what are the solutions? Here are some of our insider tips for how to survive menopause like a pro.
Prioritizing Your Health
For those of you who are further from the average age of menopause (typically mid to late 40s) you’re in luck, there are things you can do now that will make life more comfortable as you age.
Prioritizing your health, regular exercise, and a smart diet can impact how early menopause starts as well as how strongly the symptoms affect your body. While being a total health nut won’t exempt you from menopause, it can make things easier.
Being healthy now could help you maintain reasonable body weight and reduce the risk of disease after the period of change. Already in your 40s? Don’t worry; we have some helpful resources for how to take control of menopause!
Easing Menopause Symptoms
Regardless of your age and proximity to menopause, the following tips have been proven to reduce the difficulty of menopausal symptoms.
- Quit smoking
- Manage stress
- Lose the extra weight
- Build muscle
- Control cholesterol
Menopause in Your 40s
After you hit your 40s, you should be paying attention to your body and keeping a note of any changes or concerns.
The first stage in the process, referred to as menopause, is peri-menopause. This step can last up to 10 years before your body fully enters menopause.
While you can expect road bumps, you can make the overall process more comfortable by:
1. Familiarize Yourself with Symptoms
Know the symptoms like:
- Joint pain
- Irregular periods
Speak with your doctor about changes you notice in your body and if you should undergo any testing.
2. Modify Your Diet
Are you dealing with hot flashes? These are all triggers for hot flashes:
- Spicy foods
If you are dealing with this common symptom of menopause, make some changes to your diet for relief.
3. Acknowledge Changes to Sex Drive
Many women report having low libido when going through menopause. Communicate your physical and emotional needs to your partner so that you’re on the same page.
4. Seek Treatment
The right treatment, or combo, of hormone therapy, can be just what you need to glide through menopause. Schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Norton to learn more about your options and what opportunities for relief are available.
5. Manage Stress
Side effects of menopause can undoubtedly cause more stress (poor sleep schedule, pain, irritability) but often the stress existed before this stage of life.
Seek different methods for managing stress like:
6. Use Hormone Pellets
When it comes to treating hormones during menopause, there are various options:
- Daily pills
- Messy creams
- Annoying patches
However, at EVEXIAS Medical Center Denver, we use a long-standing and efficient method—BHRT with hormone pellets.
Before getting into our method, let’s review some background. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a natural alternative to traditional synthetic solutions that are more of a blanket-approach than individualized treatment option.
BHRT hormones come from natural plant-based substances and mimic the naturally occurring hormones in our body. Now that you’ve got the basics of BHRT let’s turn our focus to the hormone pellet part of this treatment.
What Are Hormone Pellets?
Hormone pellets are another method of delivering bioidentical hormones to our bodies, remember those pills, patches, and creams we mentioned earlier?
Many providers use these even though they require constant maintenance, can be messy and aren’t guaranteed to work; whereas, pellet therapy is tailored to fit the individual needs of every patient.
The pellet itself is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected in a painless and straightforward procedure in which your provider inserts the pellet into the fatty tissue beneath your skin, typically the buttocks.
How Does It Work?
Once you’ve completed a comprehensive consultation, reviewed medical history, and completed necessary exams and determined a right candidate for BHRT with hormone pellets, your provider will schedule your procedure.
The hormone pellets contain the hormones your body needs and mimic the effects of hormones already in your body. They’re gradually released directly into your bloodstream based on your cardiac output.
How much physical activity you do, how much stress you’re under, and other factors can cause the release of the hormones.
Rather than remembering to take a pill every day or applying creams at inconvenient times, pellet therapy offers you the convenience of “out of sight, out of mind.”
You’ll only need to meet with your provider a few times a year as most patients get 3-4 pellet insertions annually. One 15-minute procedure every few months and any necessary follow-ups in between and you can enjoy balance.
What to Expect
Most patients achieve full optimization within six months of pellet insertion, but you may experience some symptom relief in two weeks! However, we can provide you with a more accurate timeline during your consultation that’s based on your unique symptoms, needs, and treatment plan.
Because the hormone pellets are derived from natural substances, they will dissolve over time and be absorbed into your bloodstream, meaning nothing is left behind in your body, and you need to schedule your follow-up for new pellet insertion.
Before your pellet insertion, we recommend having a mammogram and pap smear, other than that relax and let us take care of the rest!
We Can Help!
Dr. Norton and the team at EVEXIAS Medical Denver want to help you achieve full hormone optimization and guide you on a path to better health and wellness!
Schedule your completely confidential consultation today to learn more about BHRT with hormone pellets and how it can transform your life!