We have all heard of menopause, that time in the life of a women when she feels like something, or
someone has taken over her body. She experiences mood swings, fatigue, brain fog, depression, hot
flashes and a vagina dryer than the Sahara Desert.
On the average males begin hormone decline at age 35, losing up to 5% of testosterone production per
year. Why is this important? Isn’t testosterone just for sexual health and erections? Not necessarily.
Testosterone, produced primarily by the male testicles and by the female ovaries, and to a lesser degree
by the adrenal gland (yes, females make and NEED testosterone!) has many functions in our bodies
What IS Testosterone?
Testosterone is primarily a BRAIN hormone. Women have often teased that the male brain is connected
to his penis. As we age and testosterone production declines, we can feel these symptoms. Do any of
these sound familiar? Mental fog, decrease clarity, difficulty focusing, memory loss, irritability, anxiety,
depression insomnia, and fatigue, just to name a few. While these can be symptoms of low
Testosterone, they can also be caused by a neurotransmitter imbalance. It is important to not only test
the level of the sex hormones, but also neurotransmitters, thyroid, and adrenal function. How can you
fix something if you do not know what is causing it? All the hormones work together. For optimal health,
happiness, and energy all the hormones need to be in balance.
Sex hormones can be balanced is a variety of ways. Generally, the oral route is not used due to
variations in the digestion and absorption and the fact it is metabolized through the liver. Cremes and
gels are available through conventional pharmacies and compounding pharmacies. Some people don’t
want to use the topical as it needs to be put on everyday and scheduled around showers and
perspiration. These things may affect the absorption.
The pellets for men and women are bioidentical and are not metabolized through the liver, stomach, or
skin. Because they are pure hormones without fillers or synthetic ingredients, they completely dissolve.
The dose is specific for each individual based on their age, gender, symptoms and lab values! It is not a
guessing game. Blood work is done 4-6 weeks after the insertion to test the hormone level. The pellets should be
inserted every 3-4 months in women and 4-5 months in men.
The message here is, pay attention to how you feel, educate yourself, do your research, and importantly
find a practitioner who will sit down with you, listen and help you understand what is happening, how to
test your levels and how to best address your menopause/andropause without adding a multitude of
unnecessary medications and side effects.
If you have questions or would like more information, please call Dr. Norling’s office 828-595-9880.