What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormones are responsible for some of the most important functions of the body like energy, muscle tone, quality of sleep, motivation, mental clarity, libido, and overall mood. Studies have shown, balanced hormones are essential for good health and disease prevention as we age. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) optimizes hormone levels with tiny pellets under the skin that release bio-identical estrogen and/or testosterone continuously through the bloodstream.
Patients have reported:
- Regained energy, muscle strength and a greater ability to lose weight.
- Increased mental clarity and feel younger and happier again.
- Improved quality of life while preventing age-related illness.
Studies have shown optimized hormones significantly reduce the risk of serious health problems such as osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and diabetes. Pellet therapy uses hormones that replicate the body’s normal hormonal levels. Oral and transdermal forms of hormone therapy can produce turbulent hormone levels, resulting in mood and energy fluctuations. The BHRT uses pellet therapy that provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day for up to three to five months without any “roller coaster” effects.
To create hormone pellets, a compounding pharmacist fuses estrogen or testosterone into small cylinders. These pellets, some of which are smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue beneath the skin and mimic the actions of healthy ovaries and testicles in regards to hormone release into the bloodstream. The hormone pellet implantation is a quick and easy procedure easily performed in the office.
Pellet dosing is customized for each individual’s needs. Pellets have the capability to deliver bio-identical hormones directly into the bloodstream 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for up to five months. Other methods of hormone therapy cannot provide a steady delivery of hormones 24/7.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy using the pellet method has greatly changed the manner in which women age. In the past women died during childbirth, and PMS and menopause was just another stage of life to be endured by all and lived with. Today, we have natural hormone replacement therapy to help combat hormone imbalances
Estrogen is the most important hormone for women; the loss of estrogen puts her at an increased risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, impaired vision and Parkinson’s disease. The longer a woman is without estrogen, the greater her risk for serious health consequences.
Estrogen receptors are in varying organs throughout the body which is why hormonal imbalances produce a variety of symptoms such as skin elasticity, moodiness, bone shrinkage and cognitive decline. Estrogen is also thought to be a natural antidepressant and mood stabilizer. This is noticeable when estrogen levels rise in the first week of menses, their overall effect is to increase the amount of serotonin available between the brain’s nerve cells leading to an increase in mood.
The brain needs normal amounts of testosterone in balance with estrogen to produce serotonin which supports emotional balance. Studies on testosterone therapy have demonstrated that testosterone can provide women with mental clarity, increased libido and muscle tone and mass. When women experience low testosterone they often complain of mental confusion, weight gain and poor muscle tone. By not having bio-identical hormone therapy, the deficiency or imbalance of testosterone can lead to muscle atrophy, osteopenia, osteoporosis and pain in the muscles and joints.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Studies have shown that men begin losing testosterone at a rate of 3% to 10% per year beginning at age 30. Medical research has defined the male equivalent to menopause as andropause. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men may include fatigue, lack of mental clarity, loss of libido, and difficulty achieving or sustaining an erection.
Hormonal treatments for men can be expensive, require daily consumption and in many cases need to be carefully timed with their partner’s sexual needs. Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy is the only method of testosterone treatment that gives sustained and consistent testosterone levels throughout the day for four to six months without any drastic “roller coaster” blood testosterone levels.
Is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for you?
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalances, such as difficulty sleeping, moody, anxious, depressed, decreased muscle strength, and reduced sexual desire, he or she might be a candidate for hormone replacement therapy.
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