Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach and Fort Walton Beach, FL

For both men and women, sex hormones decrease with age causing symptoms of andropause or menopause.

Click here to download the ADAM questionnaire to determine if you have symptoms consistent with andropause.
Click here to download the menopause rating scale to determine if you have symptoms caused by menopause.

If you are struggling with the symptoms mentioned in the questionnaires above and desire relief of your symptoms, hormone replacement could be very beneficial. Additionally, there is a significant body of evidence to suggest that hormone replacement sustains a much healthier aging process than going without hormone replacement.  We have found that biologically identical (bioidentical) forms of hormones cause fewer side effects in both men and women and appear to be associated with less risk of breast cancer in women.  

We recommend bioidentical testosterone pellets but also support the use of testosterone in the form of injection or patch. Pellet therapy allows for a higher, longer term and consistent delivery of hormones and therefore more consistent relief of symptoms. 

Benefits of testosterone therapy in men include:

  • Relief of andropause symptoms including improved sexual function
  • Maintenance of bone density
  • Possible cardiovascular benefits including improved outcome in diagnosed ischemia and improvement in congestive heart failure
  • Metabolic benefits (increased muscle and decreased fat)
  • Neuroprotection and improvement in certain domains of brain function
  • Improvement in functional capacity (strength and balance)
  • Maintenance of skin, soft tissue and hair

For women, the benefits of hormone replacement will depend on your choice of method. We recommend one of 2 possible options for hormone replacement.

 #1) Bioidentical testosterone pellets with or without an estrogen blocker (depending on the patient history). The benefits of testosterone pellet therapy include:

  • Relief of menopausal symptoms
  • Reduction of risk of breast cancer
  • Maintenance of bone density
  • Cardiovascular benefits including improvement in congestive heart failure
  • Metabolic benefits(increased muscle and decreased fat)
  • Improvement in functional capacity (strength and balance)
  • Maintenance of skin, soft tissue and hair
  • Neuroprotection

 

#2) The combination of bioidentical,  transdermal (think cream or patch) estrogen and oral or transdermal progesterone replacement (plus or minus testosterone). The benefits of estrogen plus progesterone replacement in the forms mentioned earlier are: 

  • Relief of menopausal symptoms
  • Improvements in cognition/memory
  • Metabolic benefits (increased muscle and decreased fat)
  • Cardiovascular benefits 
  • Maintenance of bone density
  • Maintenance of skin, soft tissue and hair

A discussion on your individual risk and which method of replacement would be most beneficial for you should be an individualized discussion between you and your healthcare provider. It is important to have an updated well woman exam and mammogram before contemplating therapy if you are a woman and an updated prostate cancer screening including a digital rectal exam and bloodwork if you are a man. 

If you are interested in learning more about testosterone pellet therapy for relief of menopause or andropause symptoms and/or would like to schedule a 15 minute phone appointment to discuss insertion, please send us a message

If you prefer to initiate or modify other forms of hormone replacement therapy, please call Foundations Medical Center for an in-office consultation regarding your options. 

 

 

Serving the Destin FL, Santa Rosa Beach FL, Fort Walton Beach FL, 30A, Panama City FL along the Florida Panhandle.

 

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