Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormones can revitalize, regenerate, and repair.

Even a small variation in hormone levels can cause big changes at the cellular level.

Too much or too little of a hormone can have serious consequences for your overall health and well-being.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment used to relieve symptoms of the menopause. It replaces hormones that are at a lower level as you approach the menopause. It is available for men and women of different ages.

It actually reduces heart attacks and does not increase any stroke or clotting. So overall, estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy is very protective from breast cancer. It is safe, safer than originally reported, and much safer than people perceive.

These changes can cause symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and even depression. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can make a big difference in counteracting these symptoms by replacing the diminished hormones in a natural way.

Also known as hormone therapy (HT) or menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help relieve sweating, hot flashes, and other symptoms of menopause. ... Hormone replacement treatments are also used in male hormonal therapy.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Signs & Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

What are the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in men?

Low sex drive
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Chronic fatigue
Loss of muscle mass
Increased body fat (especially in the waist area)
Decreased bone mass
Mood changes
Lower mental capacity
Brain Fog

Additionally, studies have shown there are some conditions that are consistent with low levels of testosterone including:

Cardiovascular Disease
Alcohol use
High Cholesterol

There are a variety of symptoms from hormone imbalance in women including:

Night Sweats
Hot flashes
Decreased sex drive
Weight gain
Cold hands and feet

If your menstrual cycle has stopped before menopause, or if you are experiencing this or any other symptom of menopause, you may have low estradiol. An increase in UTIs, depression or painful intercourse may also indicate low estradiol in women.

First, schedule an office visit with LIMA Lubbock to test your current hormone levels. Based on your comprehensive consultation and thorough blood work panel, we will determine if you are a candidate for pellet therapy or BRT, or tradtional hormone therapy. Then we will schedule a quick follow-up appointment for your pellet therapy insertion, or other hormone treatment method!

Do You Have Difficulty With:

Difficulty sleeping at night
Lack of energy and fatigue
Reduced mental focus and memory
Feel moody
Muscle and/or joint pain
Anxious or depressed
Experience weight gain
Inability to lose weight
Decreased muscle strength
Reduced sexual desireAnxious or depressed

The Danger of Hormone Imbalance

Research repeatedly points to the relationship between the hormone imbalance that occurs during perimenopause, menopause, and andropause, and an increased risk for developing cancer, osteoporosis, stroke, thyroid malfunction and other age-related disorders.

What is BHRT?

(Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy)

BHRT can be used to treat men and women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced. It’s most frequently used to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. It may also be used to improve symptoms of cancer treatment or to treat conditions such as:

  • insulin resistance
  • adrenal and thyroid disorders
  • osteoporosis
  • fibromyalgia

Bioidentical hormones are manmade hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those the human body produces. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are among those most commonly replicated and used in treatment. Bioidentical hormones come in various forms, including:

  • pills
  • patches
  • creams
  • gels
  • injections

Components of BHRT

Some bioidentical hormones are made by drug companies. Others, known as compounded bioidentical hormones, are custom made by a pharmacy, according to a doctor’s orders. This process is known as compounding. Compounding typically involves ingredients being combined or altered to meet the needs of an individual.

What is Hormone Pellet Therapy

Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones providing optimal therapy.Unlike typical oral and transdermal forms of therapy – which produce “roller coaster” hormone levels, resulting in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient.

What are pellets?

Pellets are compounded estradiol or testosterone that are made from organic plant materials, which have the exact molecular structure of those hormones found in the body. They are pressed into a solid compound that is about the size of a cooked grain of rice. Using a painless office procedure, they are inserted under the skin in the hip area. The pellets release small amounts of hormone directly into the bloodstream similar to that which the ovaries and testes produced during our younger adult years.

How long will it take for my pellets to work? It takes about 3-5 weeks to get the full effect and they must be re-inserted every six months before symptoms recur.

Pellets for women typically last 3-5 months. Pellets for men typically last 5-6 months. Pellet duration varies by individual and their body's needs. If you are very active, under a lot of stress, or are out in extremely hot weather, your treatment may not last as long.

What are the side effects of HRT

Common side effects of BHRT may include:

  • acne
  • bloating
  • weight gain
  • fatigue
  • mood swings
  • increased facial hair in women

The most common complications of Hormone Pellet Therapy include:

In Women

  • Weight gain
  • Blurred vision
  • Tiredness
  • Acne
  • Increased facial hair (women)
  • Headaches
  • Breast tenderness
  • Spotting

In Men

  • breast enlargement
  • decreased testicle size
  • worsening of existing sleep apnea
  • increased cholesterol levels
  • decreased sperm count
  • infertility
  • increased number of red blood cells

Systemic complications such as an allergy to a substance can occur, but this is rare and is associated when using a solution that is implanted.

"Dr. Stephen Dalton, DO."

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At LIMA Lubbock we uses a series of questioners and testing and labs along with state of the art technology to identify the offending problem with your health. Many times there are underlining issues that seem to be contributing to our health problems. A customized plan is compiled directly from your test results, questionnaires, consultations and exams with Dr. Stephen Dalton. Through process of elimination and treating the true source not just the symptom can improve many health problems and lead to a better quality of life!

Specific Hormone Protocols Offered at Our Office Are:

For Women

  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Injections
  • Patches
  • Pellets
  • Pills

For Men

  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Injections
  • Patches
  • Pellets
  • Pills

As with all treatments basic blood work and an initial exam/interview with Dr. Stephen Dalton are required before any treatment can begin. Call our office at 806-795-1393 or Fill in the request an apt. form below to schedule a consultation to determine if Hormone Replacement Therapy is right for you!

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