Do Hormone Pellets Help You Lose Weight?
You can think of hormones as the body’s messengers: they travel through the bloodstream and tell your cells what to do. Hormones control all of your bodily functions and directly affect things like energy levels and sleep, libido and sexual function, metabolism, muscle growth, immune system, organ function, and even your mood. Different hormones are produced by glands in various parts of the body, all of which together make up what is called the endocrine system.
For your body to function properly, the endocrine system needs to work in unison to keep your hormone levels balanced. When one piece isn’t working correctly it can throw the whole system off balance, potentially leading to serious symptoms. Many women are unaware that in addition to estrogen, the hormone commonly thought of as being “female”, their bodies also rely on small amounts of testosterone to function at an optimal level. Unfortunately, testosterone production in women decreases significantly by the age of 40, and in addition there are many hormonal illnesses and disorders that can cause low testosterone in women at any age.
How do hormones affect body weight?
Because testosterone levels can affect metabolism, muscle growth, red blood cell production, and bone mass, when levels drop below the normal range women may experience weight gain as a result. Other common symptoms of hormone imbalance in women include weight loss, fatigue, muscular weakness, hair loss, muscular aches and stiffness, depression and dampened mood, acne, decreased sexual desire and sexual satisfaction, and more.
For women with low testosterone, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a great way to normalize testosterone levels and bring balance back to the body. As for weight loss, some patients notice that initially they gain weight when starting testosterone therapy, however this usually reverses over time as metabolism and activity levels increase. Because diet and lifestyle are major contributing factors to body weight, it’s always best to take a holistic approach to weight loss.
At Austin Urogynecology, we offer SottoPelle Testosterone Replacement Therapy. SottoPelle pioneered hormone pellets as a form of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), and the treatment uses a unique dosing methodology called BioCalc that is only accessible to SottoPelle providers. Pellets are superior to other forms of TRT because of the continuous release of hormones, whereas with pills and creams the hormones are released all at once.
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