Remedies for Dealing With the Symptoms of Menopause

Remedies for Dealing With the Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause or what’s known as “the change of life” is something every woman goes through. During menopause, your period stops, and your body makes less of the thyroid, testosterone, estrogen and progesterone hormones. Lower hormone levels can cause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, thin bones, loss of libido, decline in energy and vaginal dryness.

BHRT

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement therapy is the practice of using plant-based hormones found in soy and yams. In addition to testosterone, estradiol, progesterone and thyroid should be taken into consideration. Bioidentical thyroid medications come from dessicated porcine thyroid. These formulations have been proven successful for decades in not only treating symptoms but also decreasing risk factors for the future.
If you feel like a certain food is triggering your symptoms, try reducing your consumption of them or avoid them completely. Keep a symptom diary.

Benefits of BHRT

BHRT is typically used as people age and hormone levels drop, particularly for women who are in perimenopause or menopause. It’s used to increase the levels of the hormones that have dropped and improve moderate to severe menopause symptoms, including:

Symptoms of Menopause

  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • mood changes
  • memory loss
  • weight gain
  • sleep issues
  • loss of interest in sex or pain during sex
  • Vaginal dryness
  • loss of lean muscle mass
  • stress urinary incontinence
  • loss or dips in energy (particularly late in the afternoon)

In addition to helping with symptoms, hormone replacement therapy may also reduce your risk for diabetes, tooth loss, and cataracts. There’s some evidence that it can help improve skin thickness, hydration, and elasticity, and even reduce wrinkles.

For those with cancer who have undergone treatments that affect their estrogen levels, BHRT has been shown to be effective in improving their general wellbeing and quality of life.. In one study, people with cancer who underwent BHRT found relief from treatment-related symptoms such as migraines, incontinence, low libido, and insomnia. The study also found their recurrence rate of breast cancer was no higher than average.

Patients undergoing hormone therapy overwhelmingly report that bioidentical hormones provide superior symptom relief than their non-bioidentical counterparts. For example, one study found that 71.8% of women experienced better relief of their menopause symptoms with bioidentical hormones than with traditional hormone replacement therapy. Participants also reported that there was a 20% decrease in the incidence of side effects which they rated as “severe” in comparison to traditional hormones at the same dose. Bioidentical hormones can be customized to each individual patient.

While large clinical studies remain forthcoming, bioidentical hormones may also carry a lower risk of dementia and endometrial cancer, as well as other cancers associated with traditional hormone therapy. The longer your course of treatment, the more likely you are to benefit from the favorable safety profile bioidentical hormones provide due to the more precise dose calibration process. Patients who are on long courses of traditional hormones are forced to settle for doses that might be higher than what they medically need—thus exposing them to a greater risk than is necessary.

Getting the Right Care for Your Hormonal Imbalance

Regardless of the imbalance that is causing you to seek hormone therapy, you want to feel better in the short term, and you also want to be healthy in the long term. When your health is on the line, traditional hormones just aren’t enough. Between customizable treatment options, greater efficacy, fewer side effects, and fewer long-term risks, bioidentical hormones are a superior option for patients with hormonal imbalances. By choosing bioidentical hormones, you’ll also benefit from working hand-in-hand with a doctor who will calibrate your doses based on your individual needs rather than using a one-size-fits-all solution. As a result, you can be sure that you are getting truly transformative treatment designed to help you flourish.

Consult with Dr. Collins About HRT for Menopause Symptoms

Contact  Dr. Harry Collins at Savannah Age Management Medicine about your perimenopause or menopause symptoms and your treatment goals. He’ll work with you to tailor a treatment plan right for you. Call  us at (912) 925-6911 today.

Do Testosterone Supplements Really Work?

Many men have been intrigued by commercials promising renewed youth and vigor, not to mention freedom from a variety of unpleasant side effects of aging, if only they take XYZ testosterone supplements, to renew vigor, vitality, and so much more. The problem is, few magic pills can help restore lost health and vitality and many of the problems associated with low testosterone are also signs and symptoms of larger health concerns that need to be addressed.

Do Testosterone Supplements Actually Work?

Scientifically speaking, there have been mixed results related to whether or not testosterone supplements really work to deliver all the benefits they claim to offer. Supplements have been purported to offer a wide variety of miraculous results for men, offering cures for all kinds of ills, including:

  • Low sex drive
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Sexual dysfunction in men
  • Emotional changes
  • Extreme or chronic fatigue
  • Belly fat accumulation

Some supplements even claim to help increase size penis size, boost stamina, and more. Unfortunately, none of the products you see advertised as testosterone supplements actually contain testosterone. Supplements that do contain testosterone are only available with prescriptions as they have been categorized as controlled substances in the U.S. Low T

Why are Testosterone Supplements Controlled?

While many fret over the signs of aging and growing old that manifest in the forms of diminished sexual interest and prowess, a bulging belly, and fatigue, testosterone supplements are not necessarily the answer.

WebMD reports that there are very real risks associated with testosterone supplements that need to be addressed, including heightened risks of heart attacks and strokes among those using these products. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now requires that all products containing testosterone now carry warnings about the risks.

Before considering testosterone supplements, however, it might be well worth exploring other potential causes of your current state, including:

  • Medications, specifically opiates, antidepressants, and beta-blockers though other medications may cause similar reactions
  • Obesity
  • Chronic illnesses

Of course, there are other potential causes as well, such as certain health conditions like diabetes and cardiac diseases. Visit a doctor that specializes in testosterone therapy and explore you options with this type of treatment.

Low testosterone is a condition that many men throughout the country experience, but supplements, especially over-the-counter supplements that contain no actual testosterone, offer little help for solving the problem.

Here at Savannah Age Management, Dr. Harry Collins offers solutions, including to help with low testosterone. Contact us today to learn more. Call 912-925-6911

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7 Reasons You May Reap Benefits from Bioidentical Hormone Optimization

Bioidentical hormones have been used widely to good effects helping to replace or bring balance to hormones the body produces naturally even when your body is no longer producing the right amount of these hormones. But, what are they?

Bioidentical hormones, in essence, are synthetic hormones having the same chemical structure as your body creates on its own. This allows you to utilize and eliminate the hormones the same way your body would otherwise manage naturally produced hormones.

These are some benefits you may experience from bioidentical hormone optimization.

1. Minimizes symptoms of menopause.

This is especially necessary when menopause symptoms seem to take over your life or cause extreme discomfort. Typical symptoms hormone optimization may aid include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Low libido
  • Loss of muscle
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain

Some women find bioidentical hormone optimization highly useful in the years leading up to menopause in addition to the years in which they are experiencing full-on menopause.

2. Boosts your energy level.

Women and men who have hormone deficiencies may experience extreme fatigue. If you find that you are continuously exhausted and need more and more sleep without feeling rested afterward, you may consider hormone optimization therapy with bioidentical hormones.

3. Revives libido.

Some people go through cycles of sexual desire and interest where their interest peaks and dives during certain times of the month. However, others seem to experience a drought worthy of the Sahara. If you can’t recall the last time you were interested in intimacy in a loving relationship, perhaps it’s time to explore hormone therapy. Bioidentical optimization treatments can help restore that balance as well.

4. Builds stronger bones.

Women and men at risk for osteoporosis, either by lifestyle, health conditions, medications and/or treatments, or other factors may benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement to help strengthen bones, so that the risk of getting osteoporosis is reduced.

5. May restore more regular sleep cycle.

As you age, male or female, you may experience difficulty either falling asleep or remaining asleep. Some causes of this are related to hormonal imbalances. The body requires a delicate balance of hormones in order to function properly. This includes the ability to experience beneficial sleep, so your body can repair itself. Hormone replacement with bioidentical hormones may help.

6. Clears up mental fogginess.

Brain fog is a problem associated with many common symptoms of hormonal imbalances in men and women.  Women often complain about it when they begin perimenopause or menopause saying they can’t concentrate or think clearly. Though it is more commonly associated with women experiencing hormonal imbalances it can affect men as well. Using bioidentical hormones can help restore the balance in your body so your brain can function clearly once again.

7. Restores skin health.

One thing many people using bioidentical hormone optimization find surprising is the benefits to the skin. Using hormone replacement and restoring hormonal balance can lead to stunning skin benefits, greatly reducing skin dryness and other problems. This can help you look and feel more youthful and prevent damage associated with drying skin from occurring.

In addition to these reasons to consider bioidentical hormone optimization therapy, there is a simple fact that you will just feel better afterwards. These seven benefits are simply icing on the cake.

Work with Dr. Harry Collins of Savannah Age Management Medicine to learn more about how you can benefit from bioidentical hormone optimization. Call us at 912-925-6911 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation.

 

Symptoms of Perimenopause and HRT Options

Symptoms of Perimenopause and HRT Options

Perimenopause starts a few years before actual menopause. During this time, your ovaries start making less estrogen gradually. Typically, women in their 40s experience perimenopause; however, it can start in your 30s or earlier. It continues on up until menopause which is when your ovaries stop releasing eggs. In your last couple years of perimenopause, this estrogen drop speeds up and this is where you usually experience menopause symptoms.

Symptoms of Perimenopause

Throughout perimenopause you may experience some mild and not so subtle body changes, including:

Irregular Periods

As ovulation starts getting more random, the time length between your periods could become shorter or longer, you might skip periods or your flow might be heavy or light. If there’s a persistent change in the length of your menstrual cycle for seven days or more, chances are you coul be in early perimenopause. However, if you experience a 60 day or more space between your periods, it could be that you’re in late perimenopause.

Mood Changes

Irritability, mood swings and an increased depression risk could occur during perimenopause. Sleep disruption linked with hot flashes could be the cause of symptoms like these. Mood changes might also be due to factors not related to perimenopause-related hormonal changes.

Sleep Problems and Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are a common symptom during perimenopause. The length, intensity and frequency can vary. You may also have sleep problems because of night sweats or hot flashes, but you could have problems sleeping even without these symptoms.

Bladder and Vaginal Problems

When your levels of estrogen diminish, the tissues of your vagina might lose elasticity and lubrication, which can make intercourse painful. Perimenopause and HRT Options Having low estrogen could also leave you more susceptible to vaginal or urinary infections. You may also experience urinary incontinence because of loss of tissue tone.

Loss of Bone

With reduced estrogen levels, you begin to lose bone more rapidly than you do replace it and this increases your risk of osteoporosis.

Decreasing Fertility

As you start experiencing irregular ovulation, it decreases your ability to conceive. But, if you’re still having periods, you can still get pregnant. If you want to avoid becoming pregnant, you’ll want to use birth control until you stop having periods for 12 months.

Sexual Function Changes

Your sexual arousal and desire could change during perimenopause. However, if your sexual intimacy was satisfactory before menopause, this will probably continue throughout your perimenopause time and beyond.

Cholesterol Level Changes

Reduced estrogen levels can cause unfavorable changes in your levels of blood cholesterol. This includes your “bad” cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, contributing to a higher risk of heart disease. Also, your “good” cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol decreases as you age, increasing your risk of heart disease.

HRT Options

There are a handful of hormone replacement options that can help with the symptoms of perimenopause. Some include:

O-Shot or The Platelet-Rich Plasma Shot

The O-Shot is known as the Orgasm Shot and is an all-natural, revolutionary and non-surgical procedure where platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is used for revitalizing and rejuvenating clitoral and vaginal function. This treatment is the perfect option for those experiencing perimenopause who have reduced estrogen and loss of sexual desire because of a dry vagina.

Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation

Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation is a type of non-surgical treatment for vaginal tightening. It restructures and restores destroyed tissue effectively with no anesthetic, pain or numbing cream. A board-certified doctor performs the treatment to ensure safe, optimal results.

The treatment stimulates collagen re-growth for tighter tissue. It is made to make a smaller vaginal canal, but some individuals have found it also lessens urinary incontinence after its vaginal tightening effect.

Other HR options

A lot of women take low-dose birth control pills for a short period and find relief from hot flashes. Other options that can help control hot flashes are the birth control vaginal ring, skin patch and progesterone injections. Birth control hormones are another option women have.

Consult with Dr. Harry Collins at Savannah Age Management Medicine about the perimenopause or menopause symptoms you’re experiencing and your treatment goals. He work with you to tailor a treatment plan right for you. Call (912) 324-7848 today.

 

GAINSWave and Pshot: Making Headline News

Gains Wave and Pshot: Making Headline News

If the GAINSWave and PShot treatments are new to you, they are two treatments available to men today that can be more effective than little blue pills, offer broader results when treating erectile dysfunction and have the added benefits of increasing penis size and vascularity. And, the treatments are making headline news.

GAINSWave

The first such treatment is one known as the GAINSWave treatment that delivers a 20-minute extracorporeal shock wave therapy that does uses sound waves applied to the penis to improve blood flow to the region. Why is this treatment so important for men?

With more than 50 percent of men experiencing declining performance in the bedroom associated with age, including erectile dysfunction, and treatment with little blue pills and other pharmaceuticals offering potentially dangerous and/or unpleasant side effects, not to mention the fact the timing elements involved in taking them, the search for a better way began. GAINSWave

The GAINSWave offers a practically painless process for helping men of all ages achieve and maintain stronger erections in six to 12 treatments.

PShot

Short for Priapus shot, honoring the Greek god of fertility (whose name is also the synonym for penis), this shot is particularly helpful for men who have lost sensation or function in the penis due to health conditions, such as:

  • Enlarged prostates
  • Prostate cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Medication side effects

Among other things. While the main purpose of this shot is to restore form and function to the penis, added benefits may include increased penis sizes and improved sexual performance. Certainly not things the average partner will complain about.

The shot works by extracting growth factors from the blood and using those to rejuvenate the penis. In order to do this, the platelets are first extracted from the blood and then injected into the penis. But relax! You won’t feel a thing.

GAINSWave and PShot in the News: Men’s Health Magazine

While the idea of needles at play in a sensitive area, like your penis, may be a little off-putting, those who have experienced the PShot swear by it for not only bringing back sensation, libido, and mass. Most will even tell you that while they experience some sensation to the area, the entire region was number enough that they only felt mild pressure rather than any real pain, like the PShot account in this Men’s Health article.

In the article, the author not only took advantage of the GAINSWave treatment but also received the PShot for impressive results even his wife envied. Here is how his entire treatment went.

How does the process work? The first step in these treatments is numbing the entire region. Different physicians will use different methods. Among the most common are topical products applied liberally to the area.

At this point, a vial of blood is extracted from the forearm from which the platelets are extracted. Since this subject in the article was having both treatments, he was busy with the GAINSWave treatment while the platelets were being extracted from his blood elsewhere in the building.

The GAINSWave treatment involved using a wand that directs the sound waves through the tissues of the exterior of the penis. The vibrations may be a little intense but they are not painful and there are no harmful side effects like those associated with drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction.

The treatment lasts about 20 minutes in total. The next stage of treatment involves three shots, one for the left and one for the right side of the penis. Before they are administered, though, a nerve block is given. This is perhaps the more terrifying of the shots, primarily because of the location where it is administered. But the numbing cream should be working optimally at this point deadening any sensation you might have otherwise experiences.

Once you’ve had the injections the treatment part is over — at least what the doctors will do. The rest is up to you.

Get Your GAINSWave and PShot Treatments at Savannah Age Management Medicine

Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Harry Collins for GAINSWave and/or PShot by completing our online form or by calling (912) 244-6038.