Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Managing and optimizing hormones has a huge impact on longevity and quality of life for both men and women. As a longtime member of the North American Menopause Society, Dr. Maryann Prewitt at HealthWellnessMD employs cutting edge use of individualized FDA approved bioidentical hormone therapy for physician referred patients in Dallas, Texas.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

by Maryann Prewitt, MD, FACOG

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy, also called hormone therapy or HRT, is a treatment in which hormones lost as a result of factors such as aging or menopause — including estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone — are replenished. While there are other uses, HRT is most commonly used to minimize menopause symptoms. Men experiencing symptoms of testosterone deficiency such as erectile dysfunction and low libido may also benefit.

What are the benefits?

Hundreds of clinical studies show that improved hormone levels brought on by HRT can effectively reduce menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, bone loss, vaginal dryness, sleep difficulties and sexual relationships while improving quality of life. Women may also experience boosted libido and improved lean muscle mass. Men may experience reduced belly fat, improved sexual drive and function, mental sharpness, and higher energy.

What is BioTE®?

BioTE is a hormone pellet system utilized at HealthWellnessMD in which all-natural bioidentical hormones are inserted and then absorbed into the body. Because they consist of pure hormones and don’t contain any synthetic ingredients they’re not metabolized into byproducts. Instead, your body uses precisely the amount of hormones it needs and any excess completely dissolves.

How often are pellets needed?

Women usually require pellets every 3 – 6 months while men typically require pellets every 5 – 6 months. The pellets start working within 24 – 72 hours of insertion and optimal effects develop in about 3 weeks. At each session, Dr. Prewitt will assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments.

What are the risks?

Using the minimum necessary dose can help minimize potentially serious health risks of hormone replacement therapy — including bioidentical hormone therapy — such as a heightened risk of stroke, blood clots, gallbladder disease and breast cancer. After a thorough exam and consideration of your health history, Dr. Prewitt will determine your ideal dosage. Research on natural hormone therapy is limited but the makers of BioTE state that their pellets pose fewer side effects than conventional HRT. Side effects after your first dose may include blurred vision, tiredness, acne, headaches, mood swings, indigestion, cramping, spotting, breast tenderness and weight gain. These effects often improve as your body adapts to the new hormone levels.

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