As some of you already know, I’m in graduate school. I’m working toward acquiring my Masters of Arts in Health & Human Development with an emphasis on women’s health issues and healthcare advocacy. There’s a mouthful for ya!
Part of a professional certification I’m acquiring in Healthcare Consumer Advocacy requires that I spend 24 hours per quarter block in a clinical setting in my area of interest. Mine of course, is women’s health issues, and in particular, perimenopause and menopause.
My latest clinical observation has been with a physician here in Ohio, Dr. Rebecca Glaser, who is involved in testosterone pellet therapy for both men and women. To be honest, though I have known many physicians prescribe testosterone for women in their hormone therapy protocol, I haven’t known much more than that. My main focus has been on progesterone.
Also a surgeon, Dr. Glaser is at the forefront of this therapy in our area. As you all know, there is a divide in the medical community as to the effectiveness of bioidentical hormones. Testosterone pellet therapy is no exception. However, I have long come to the conclusion that the divide is completely and totally connected to money.
Because bioidentical hormones are a natural product, they cannot be patented. Unless the pharmaceutical companies can patent something, they cannot control the product and hence, the money trail. As one would imagine, they are not taking the disagreement lying down. They actively campaign against bioidentical hormones and do their damnedest to squash all positive research. They have billions of dollars at stake, so the fight is fierce.
Dr. Glaser is a strong advocate for testosterone therapy and has published one study already on its effectiveness in treating perimenopause and menopause symptoms. She is currently working with another physician on another study yet to be published. She was a fascinating woman who had plenty to teach me. She definitely had my rapt attention while I was there.
As a parting gift, Dr. Glaser performed a testosterone pellet implantation procedure on me so that she could show me how effective this therapy is. As a nearly menopausal woman, I’ve been limping along with hot flashes and night sweats, insomnia and the most intense fatigue and joint pain that you can imagine. All common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause as well.
When she told me testosterone is a natural anti-inflammatory my ears perked up – way up. While I have learned to live with the occasional hot flash and night sweats, the joint pain and fatigue has completely sapped my quality of life. I happily hopped up on the table and dropped my pants.
It’s been three days since the implantation and I will tell you, I’m starting to feel better already. I have noticed a significant difference in my fatigue level and joint pain. In addition to easing inflammation and joint pain, testosterone has been shown to provide relief from these symptoms as well:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mental fogginess/forgetfulness
- Decreased sex drive
- Menstrual Migraines
I am now highly intrigued with this procedure and therapy. So much so, I plan to do even more research and study on it. I will gladly report the results back to you all.
If you are interested in viewing the procedure check out the video below. It is Dr. Glaser performing the procedure on another patient.
If you live in the Dayton, OH area and are interested in testosterone pellet therapy, you can find Dr. Rebecca Glaser at the Millennium Wellness Center in Centerville.
For those of you are simply interested in reading about it please check out her website. There are also plenty of other sites around the web you can easily find by just Googling “testosterone pellet therapy.”
I’ll keep you gals informed of my progress. In the meantime, watch this video of the procedure.