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Hormone Replacement 

Pre & Post Care Instructions

A significant hormonal transition will occur in the first four weeks after the insertion of your hormone pellets. Therefore, certain changes might develop that can be bothersome.

  • Fluid Retention: Testosterone stimulates the muscle to grow and retain water which may result in a weight change of two to five pounds. This happens frequently with the first insertion, and especially during hot, humid weather condition.

  • Swelling of the hands and feet: This is common in hot and humid weather. It may be treated by drinking lots of water, reducing your salt intake, taking cider vinegar capsules daily (found at most health food stores), or by taking a mild diuretic, which the office can prescribe.

  • Breast tenderness and nipple sensitivity: These may develop with the first pellet insertion. The increase in estrogen sends more blood to the breast tissue. Increase blood supply is a good thing, as it nourishes the tissue. To combat the tenderness, an excellent treatment is a capsule of Oil of Evening Primrose 2-3 times a day. You may need to take them for 2-3 weeks.

  • Uterine spotting or bleeding: This may occur in the first few months after an insertion, especially if your progesterone is not taken properly (missing doses, or not taking a high enough dose). Notify the office if this occurs. Bleeding is not necessarily an indication of a significant uterine problem. More than likely, the uterus may be releasing tissue that needs to be eliminated. This tissue may have already been present in your uterus prior to getting pellets, and is being released in response to the increase in hormones.

  • Mood swings and irritability: These may occur if you were quite deficient in hormones. They will disappear when enough hormones are in your system.

  • Facial Breakout: Some pimples may arise if the body is very deficient in testosterone. This lasts a short period of time and can be handled with a good face cleansing routine, astringents and toner. If these solutions do not help, please call our office for suggestions and possible prescription.

  • Hair Loss: Is rare and usually only occurs in patients who convert testosterone to DHT. Dosage adjustment generally reduces or eliminates the problem. Medibles Hair Repair Formula is sometimes prescribed to help block the DHT.

  • Hair Growth: Testosterone may stimulate some growth of hair on your chin, chest, nipples, and/or lower abdomen. This tends to be hereditary. you may also have to shave your legs and arms more often. Dosage adjustments generally reduce or eliminate this problem. DHT may also contribute to this, so Medibles Hair Repair is sometimes prescribed.

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