In a way, hormones are a lot like computers: we all use them every single day, but very few of us have any clue how they actually work. Sure, you’ve heard of testosterone and estrogen, but did you know that over 200 hormones and hormone-like substances have been identified in the human body? No? Lucky for you, Austin Labiaplasty and Vaginal Rejuvenation is here to answer all of your hormone-related questions.
You can think of hormones as the body’s messengers, traveling through the bloodstream and telling your cells what to do. They control all of your bodily functions and directly affect your energy levels and sleep, libido and sexual function, metabolism and muscle growth, immune system, organ function, and even your mood. Hormones are a product of what is called the endocrine system, which is the collection of different hormonal glands throughout the body.
For your body to function properly, the endocrine system needs to work in unison to keep your hormone levels balanced. When one part isn’t functioning properly, it can throw the whole system out of whack. This is why some people experience serious symptoms when their hormone levels shift out of balance. Many women do not realize that in addition to estrogen (the hormone that most people think of as “female”), their bodies also rely on smaller levels of testosterone for optimal function. Unfortunately, testosterone production in most women decreases significantly by the time they reach the age of 40, and there are a host of hormonal illnesses and disorders that can create low testosterone in women at any age.
…so what does all of this have to do with weight loss?
Great question! Because testosterone impacts metabolism, muscle growth, red blood cell production, and bone mass, when testosterone levels drop below the normal range some women may experience weight gain as a result. So instead of asking whether or not hormone pellets help you lose weight, it might be better to ask: “Is hormone imbalance causing my weight gain?”
Common symptoms of hormone imbalance in women include: weight gain/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) can be a great way to normalize hormone levels and bring equilibrium back to the body. In terms of weight loss, some patients actually notice that they gain weight initially when starting testosterone replacement therapy, however this usually reverses over time as metabolism and activity levels increase. There are obviously many diet and lifestyle factors that contribute to body weight, so it’s always best to take a holistic approach to weight loss.
At Austin Labiaplasty and Rejuvenation, we offer SottoPelle Testosterone Replacement Therapy. SottoPelle pioneered the use of hormone pellets as a form of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), and they use a unique dosing methodology called BioCalc that is only available to SottoPelle providers. Hormone pellets are superior to other forms of TRT because they release hormones continuously, rather than all at once like creams or pills.
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