Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

Bio-Identical Hormone ReplacementBio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT, is a treatment for both men and women using hormones that have the same molecular structure as the hormones that your own body produces naturally.  The therapy will be specifically formulated based on your own individual symptoms and current hormone levels.  BHRT is a safe, natural and effective way to relieve symptoms associated with menopause and andropause, such as fatigue, loss of sex drive, weight gain, insomnia, memory loss and hot flashes.

Pellets- Hormone Implants

Data supports that hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants is the most effective and the most bio-identical method to deliver hormones in both men and women.  Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones providing optimal therapy.

Why Pellets? Pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3-5 months in women and 4-6 months in men.  The avoid the fluctuations, or ups and downs, of hormone levels seen with every other method of delivery.  Estrogen delivered by subcutaneous pellets, maintains the normal ratio of estradiol to estrone.  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.

How and where are pellets inserted?  The insertion of pellets is a simple, relatively painless procedure done under local anesthesia  The pellets are usually inserted in the lower abdominal wall or upper buttocks through a small incision, with is then taped closed.  Other than slight bruising or discoloration of the skin, complications from the insertion of the pellets are very rare.

Do men need hormone therapy?  Testosterone levels begin to decline in men beginning in their early 30's.  Most men maintain adequate levels of testosterone into their mid 40's to mid 50's, some into their late 70's to early 80's.  Men should be tested when they begin to show signs of testosterone deficiency.  Even men in their 30's can be testosterone deficient and show signs of bone loss, fatigue, depression, erectile dysfunction, difficulty sleeping and mental decline.  Most men need to be tested around 50 years of age.  It is never to late to benefit from hormone therapy.

How long do pellets last?  The pellets usually last between 3 and 5 months in women and 4 and 6 months in men  The pellets do not need to be removed.  They completely dissolve on their own.

Estrogen and testosterone therapy by implantation of pellets is a safe and effective method of hormone therapy for both men and women.  Long, continuous administration of hormones by pellets is convenient and economical for the patient.  Pellet implantation has consistently proven more effective that oral, intramuscular, and topical hormone therapy with regard to bone density, sexual function, mood and cognitive function, urinary and vaginal complaints, breast health, lipid profiles, hormone ratios and metabolites.

 

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