Mitchell F. Matez D.O.
Jennifer,a 46-year-old woman, had been feeling “run down” over the last few years, with a dramatic decrease in energy, a declining sex drive, diminished strength and erratic sleeping patterns. Irritability and mood swings, previously rare for her, were the norm. JENNIFER also complained of thinning hair, dry skin, and an absence of vaginal moisture. She was having occasional hot flashes and severe night sweats along with irregular periods. This constellation of symptoms was making her feel depressed.
JENNIFER’s family physician and gynecologist, in turn, confirmed that JENNIFER was in menopause. The gynecologist recommended a short term course of hormones to treat the hot flashes, stating that research proves hormones to have dangerous side effects. She also suggested an anti-depressant for the irritability, mood swings and depression. JENNIFER left feeling even more despair, and decided to do some research on her own.
A close friend of hers, a patient of mine, told JENNIFER there were safe alternatives, and encouraged her to see me.
JENNIFER was surprised when I told her that we could alleviate ALL of her symptoms – reverse the menopause. Menopause is caused by a decrease or cessation of hormone production by the ovaries and other glands in the body. It can be easily reversed by administering exact molecular copies (some call these “Bioidentical) of the hormones that are deficient, thereby restoring healthy, youthful levels. These hormones, exact duplicates of human hormone, are in stark contrast to the chemically altered and animal derived hormones produced by the pharmaceutical industry and used routinely in mainstream medicine today.
JENNIFER was also pleased to find out that in addition to alleviating her symptoms there were many intangible benefits of the therapy including (but not limited to) protecting her heart,
maintaining healthy cognition, and drastically reducing (and reversing!) osteoporosis.
JENNIFER asked me if this was the same “Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy” that she had just seen on Oprah. The answer was yes. No matter what label you use for the treatment, the overriding concept is that the administered hormone is an exact and identical molecular copy of human hormone. There are very few side effects and they are always transient.
After a lengthy discussion of the risks, benefits, and alternatives and a thorough review of her blood work, JENNIFER was given two options for treatment: Hormone Crèmes that she would rub into her skin twice daily or Hormone Pellets that we would implant under her skin in a quick, painless procedure that would slowly dissolve over a period of 4-6 months. JENNIFER chose the latter. Her pellets were placed in less than 5 minutes in the office and she returned to work immediately.
A month later, JENNIFER’s follow-up blood panel suggested that the therapy was reversing her menopause. When I asked her how she felt she replied, “Thank you, I have my life back”. She had resumed sleeping through the night and had significantly more energy. Her hot flashes and night sweats were gone and mood swings and irritability were almost non-existent. Libido had returned full force. She asked me if this therapy could help her husband also. The answer is emphatically YES! Men experience the exact same problems as they age. It is called andropause and it is synonymous with menopause in women.
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with Aging or Menopause/Andropause (see our website for a more complete “Symptom Checklist”), come see us at the Age Management Department at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center – Boca Raton. You too can feel just as good as you did when you were young!
Dr Mitchell Matez is the Director of the Age Management Department at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center of Boca Raton. The center is located at 4800 Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, FL in suite C-100. They can be reached at 1-800-407-4319 or via e-mail through their website www.smacboca.com .