Going through menopause can be tough as you suffer through hot flashes and other unpleasant symptoms. Testosterone pellets are one of the best ways to curb menopause symptoms, yet few women know about or use them.
Assess Your Menopause Symptoms
As women’s bodies taper out of their child-bearing years, they experience menopause. In some cases, the transition involves any or all of nine unpleasant symptoms.
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Difficulty sleeping
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Brain fog
- Weight gain
- Decreased sex drive
While many women simply ride out the symptoms over a few months or even several years, others try a variety of tactics to decrease discomfort. Those range from herbal supplements to estrogen replacement therapy, which might involve a pill, ring or cream.
What Are Testosterone Pellets?
Testosterone pellets are an alternative that have been found to work remarkably well. They are tiny time-release pellets containing low-dose testosterone.
These pellets are a good bet for nearly all menopausal women, even those with medical challenges. To determine the best dose for you, your doctor will test your blood beforehand to assess your natural hormone levels.
Then the process works like this:
- Your doctor will inject one under your skin, usually into the fleshy part of the buttocks. It’s a quick in-office procedure.
- The hormones will be released into your skin gradually over time.
- Your menopausal symptoms might abate for up to four months.
- Then you can have it done again.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved testosterone therapy, but it is not a new treatment for curbing menopause symptoms. In fact, testosterone therapy has been an option for decades. The treatment has been licensed to use in England and Australia for more than 60 years.
Researchers have compiled growing evidence to prove that using it is safe, even in the long term, according to a recent study on the complications of subcutaneous hormone-pellet therapy.
Still, testosterone pellets remain under the radar in the United States. In terms of popularity, the treatment is ranked at 12 percent, while estrogen, at 43 percent, ranks only below diet and exercise as the most used. That’s according to a new online national survey commissioned by Orlando Health and conducted by The Harris Poll.
What To Ask Your Doctor
If you’re experiencing fatigue, brain fog or other menopausal symptoms, talk to your doctor about actions you can take to feel better.
Be sure to include testosterone pellets in the discussion, even if you’re the one to bring it up. Testosterone therapy helps many women feel better within days of treatment. Once a pellet is inserted, you’ll likely have more energy to enjoy life. It might also boost your sex drive and decrease vaginal dryness, improving your romantic relationship with your partner.
Other than discomfort due to the incision used for the implant, testosterone pellets have few side effects, which can be discussed with your physician.
Testosterone pellets are a simple solution and are an option for virtually every patient regardless of their medical condition or history.
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