Hormone Balance - Key to our Health
As we, women and men, age and approach mid-life we experience symptoms such as:
- Dry Thin Skin
- Weight Gain
- Memory loss, Decline of Mental Sharpness
- Energy Loss
- Hot-flashes, Night-sweats
- Thinning Hair (on head and beard)
- Decreased Urinary Flow
- Decreased muscle mass
- Mood swings/irritability
- Loss of Libido (sex drive)
- Difficulty Sleeping
The Goal of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is to alleviate these symptoms by replenishing hormones that our bodies need to function and aid at regaining youthfulness.
What is Meant by Bio-identical, and Why is it preferred over Non-bio-identical?
Bio-identical hormones are molecule by molecule exactly as the hormones that are made by the human body. The difference between the “human body made” (or bio-identical) versus synthetic non-bio-identical is in the molecular structure (shape) of the hormone. In order for a replacement hormone to fully replicate the function of the hormone that our body naturally produced, the chemical structure must exactly match the original. It is the structural differences that exist between human bio-identical and non-bio-identical hormones that are responsible for side effects and health risks that occur when non bio-identical hormones are used by humans.
Personalized Approach to BHRT
Many patients opt for BHRT because it is not a one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare. Each bioidentical hormone prescription is custom-compounded, based on each patient's individual symptoms and hormone levels, diagnostic results, making bioidentical hormones safer and more effective in comparison to conventional (synthetic) hormones. Every person is unique and so is the therapy. The precise dosing of each person’s therapy will be determined after consultation and evaluation of laboratory blood tests, and may be adjusted as needed.
How is the BHRT Administered in My Practice?
Bio-identical hormone pellets are obtained in various strengths from a highly rated commercially licensed compounding pharmacy. The hormones are derived from an ingredient found in many vegetables including Yams and Soy beans. Usually, only Testosterone and Estradiol (a necessary male and female hormone) are placed via time released pellets inserted in the body fat. They are extremely small, usually painless to insert, and provide a steady hormone level for months.
BHRT enhances the quality of life for both men and women by decreasing the diseases of aging.
Pellets provide a constant supply of hormones that our bodies recognize as its own, which not only makes it more effective but also reduces the risk for adverse side effects.
Pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3-4 months in women and 4-5 months in men. They avoid the fluctuations, or ups and downs, of hormone levels seen with every other method of delivery, such as creams or pills. This is important for optimal health and disease prevention. Pellets do not increase the risk of blood clots like conventional or synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Pellets have been shown to be superior for relief of numerous menopausal complaints.
Men and women need adequate levels of hormones for optimal mental and physical health and for the prevention of chronic illnesses. There is no other method of hormone delivery that is as convenient for the patient as the pellet implants. Implants are by no means new. They have been used in both men and women since the late 1930’s. There is significant data that supports the use of testosterone implants in both men and women.
How and Where are Pellets Inserted?
Pellets are smaller than a grain of rice and are inserted in the office via a simple, relatively painless procedure done under local anesthesia. The pellets are usually inserted in the fatty tissue under the skin in the upper buttocks through a small incision, which is then closed with a skin tape (steri-strip). Individual customized dosage is key to success. These implants placed under the skin consistently release small, even doses of hormones that provide optimal therapy.
After insertion you a free to continue your daily routine.
Balancing Hormones and taking control of your health is key for disease prevention and enjoyable life.