Questions about hormone therapy come up frequently in the Menopause Chicks Private Online Community.
It’s common for women who might be experiencing things like brain fog, low libido, vaginal dryness, headaches, anxiety, depression, hot flashes/night sweats and even dry skin or hair loss—to investigate hormone therapy and the different modes of delivery available.
Recently, we have heard about pellet therapy from a number of women in our community—some who have regained quality of life as a result of pellet therapy, some who heard about pellet therapy from their physicians, and others who are curious and beginning to be proactive with their midlife health. So, we sat down with the owner of SottoPelle Therapy so we can all learn more.
Tune into my conversation with CarolAnn Tutera—and be sure to stay on to the 18 minute mark, as CarolAnn talks about hormone changes in men too!
What is pellet therapy?
Pellet therapy is an innovative way of delivering hormone therapy. By inserting pellets (about the size of a grain of rice) under the skin, this precision delivery method transports a customized dose of hormones through the blood stream, around the clock.
Why might a woman choose pellet therapy?
- Pellet therapy has been around for more than 70 years
- It’s a viable way for women to avoid the hormone roller coaster
- Delivering hormone therapy via pellets ensures that the prescribed dose is absorbed into a woman’s blood stream; the most reliable delivery method available as pills, patches and creams can be deemed inconvenient and inconsistent. With pellet therapy, there’s nothing to remember. Each treatment is tailored to suit the individual needs of the woman rather than a one-size-fits all or guesswork approach. It contains low-does estradiol and testosterone that release slowly for three to six months and includes regular monitoring and adjustments when your body needs it.
- Because the treatment is customized to each individual, doctors who administer pellet therapy are not merely treating symptoms but they treat the whole person. In addition, women will often choose pellet therapy because they are interested in quality of life NOW, and keen to invest in their longevity and vitality down the road—by protecting their cognitive health, preventing osteoporosis—as well as simply replenishing what their bodies need.
What options are available for men?
Men are frequently pleased when their partners/wives choose pellet therapy as they recognize how effectively it restores her quality of life. But men are also advocates of pellet therapy for their own health too—for similar reasons as women. You see, as a rule, men don’t experience the drastic roller coaster of hormone fluctuation that women do (although some do!), they do have experiences in midlife such as fatigue, brain fog, low libido and anxiety and depression that can be addressed with personalized hormone therapy.
Where can I learn more?
CarolAnn Tutera is the owner of SottoPelle Therapy
The first step is a consultation. SottoPelle Therapy is available throughout the USA.
Find a doctor in your area by visiting SottoPelleTherapy.com
SOURCE: Viveve Medical, Inc.
Viveve Medical, Inc.
March 19, 2018 08:28 ET
Viveve Announces FDA Approval of IDE to Conduct VIVEVE II Clinical Study
Trial expected to begin in second quarter 2018
Future results could support a marketing application for an expanded U.S. indication for the improvement of sexual function in women
ENGLEWOOD, CO–(Marketwired – March 19, 2018) – Viveve Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIVE), a medical technology company focused on women’s intimate health, today announced it received approval of its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The approval allows the company to conduct the VIveve Treatment of the Vaginal Introitus to EValuate Safety and Efficacy (VIVEVE II) clinical trial to assess the safety and effectiveness of the Viveve® System for the improvement of sexual function in women following vaginal childbirth.
“The approval of our IDE enabling Viveve to proceed with the VIVEVE II clinical study is a major advancement in our global commercialization strategy and positions our CMRF (cryogen-cooled, monopolar radiofrequency) technology for a broader range of applications in women’s intimate health. The initiation of this study, which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2018, underscores our continued commitment to conducting high-quality, scientific and clinical research, as demonstrated by our previous randomized, blinded and sham-controlled VIVEVE I clinical study, and by our planned randomized, blinded and sham-controlled LIBERATE studies in the U.S. and Canada for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence,” said Patricia Scheller, chief executive officer and director of Viveve. “We believe that VIVEVE II, if successful, will clinically demonstrate that a single treatment with the Viveve® System provides significant benefits to women suffering from diminished sexual function following vaginal childbirth and may support a marketing application for an expanded U.S. indication for the improvement of sexual function.”
VIVEVE II – VIveve Treatment of the Vaginal Introitus to EValuate Safety and Efficacy
The VIVEVE II clinical study is a randomized, double-blinded, and sham-controlled trial with a planned enrollment of approximately 250 patients at up to 25 study sites in the United States and Canada. Subjects will be randomized in a 1:1 ratio for active and sham treatments.
A staged approach, or roll-in, for clinical enrollment has been required by the FDA in its IDE approval letter to the company. In the first stage, enrollment is limited to 50 subjects. The roll-in will require safety review by the FDA of a minimum of 25 subjects, one-month post-treatment. Following the roll-in, an IDE Supplement will be submitted to the agency to expand the study up to its intended 250 patients. While the safety data from the initial 25 patients are being reviewed by the FDA, Viveve will continue to enroll up to an additional 25 patients (total of 50 patients enrolled).
The primary efficacy endpoint is intended to be the mean change from baseline in the total FSFI (Female Sexual Function Index) at 12 months, following the submission of an IDE supplement. Patients will also be assessed for safety over the 12 months. The approved protocol also includes a variety of secondary and exploratory endpoints, including various endpoints measured at 6 months post-treatment. Initiation of the VIVEVE II study is anticipated to begin in the second quarter of 2018, pending Institutional Review Board approvals at the selected clinical sites.
Additional information regarding the trial design will be available on clinicaltrials.gov.
Ms. Scheller continued, “Viveve has worked closely with the FDA in the review process and appreciates the thorough review that the Agency has conducted. If the planned VIVEVE II study is successful, we believe it will show that Viveve’s CMRF technology can provide a safe and effective, single treatment option to improve sexual function after childbirth.”
Viveve Medical, Inc. is a women’s intimate health company passionately committed to advancing new solutions to improve women’s overall well-being and quality of life. The internationally patented Viveve® System, that delivers the GENEVEVE™ treatment, incorporates clinically-proven cryogen-cooled, monopolar radiofrequency (CMRF) technology to uniformly deliver volumetric heating while gently cooling surface tissue to generate robust neocollagenesis in a single, in-office session.
International regulatory approvals and clearances have been received for vaginal laxity and/or improvement in sexual function indications from over 55 countries. Viveve received approval of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March of 2018 to proceed with VIVEVE II, a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled study to assess improvement of sexual function in women following childbirth. Initiation of the trial is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018 and if successful, could support a marketing application for a new US commercial indication. Currently, in the United States, the Viveve® System is cleared by the FDA for use in general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation and hemostasis.
InControl Products by Viveve are FDA-cleared medical devices that treat stress, urge, and mixed incontinence conditions and that improve pelvic floor strength. Viveve exclusively distributes InControl Medical’s products to healthcare providers in the United States.
For more information visit Viveve’s website at www.viveve.com.
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