As millions of women and men approach mid-life, many often wonder whether or not hormone therapy is the right option for them. Countless studies have shown that traditional (synthetic) hormone therapy can increase the likelihood of various types of cancer and heart disease. However, many are now taking a natural approach to hormone balance with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). With natural bioidentical hormones, women and men can find relief from symptoms of hormonal imbalance without the risks that come along with synthetic hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are derived from naturally occurring sources, such as yams and soy, and are designed to replicate the same chemical structure as
the hormones that are produced naturally by our bodies. Based on your hormone levels, a specialized compounding pharmacy can individually tailor a bioidentical hormone regimen specifically designed for you.
On the flip side, synthetic hormones are intentionally different. Pharmaceutical companies can’t patent bioidentical hormones because each regimen is specifically formulated to treat each patient on an individual basis. Instead, they manufacture synthetic hormones that are patentable.
Almost all of us over the age of 40 (and in many cases over 30) begin to experience hormone imbalance. Over our lifetime, we are exposed to environmental and dietary toxins, which contribute to the natural decline of hormones as we age. In order to balance your hormones for optimal health and wellness, it is critical to be evaluated by a highly trained physician – including comprehensive lab testing and in-depth initial questionnaires – prior to creating a personalized treatment plan.
As a result of hormone imbalance, you may be experiencing one or a
combination of what have become known as the classic symptoms of aging:
- Weight gain
- Limited energy
- Hair loss
- Low sex drive
- Mood swings
- Poor concentration
- Memory loss
If symptoms like these have begun to affect your quality of life, you could be a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Millions of women in the United States are suffering from hormonal imbalance, whether it is early menopause, perimenopause symptoms, perimenopause weight gain, adrenal fatigue, menopause, or premenstrual symptoms (PMS). In many cases, bioidentical hormone therapy is the solution.
The signs of menopause and related hormonal issues include:
- Weight Gain
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Mood Swings
- Low Libido
- Memory Loss
- Premenstrual syptoms
- Vaginal Dryness
Depending on the hormone, the ideal treatment method may vary.
Oral pills – are the most common method of hormone treatment. Pills are the most common because they’re cheaper than other methods. However, pills may cause some side effects and often do not offer as potent of a treatment as other forms. Some side effects of pills used for hormone replacement therapy are headaches and nausea, due to your body having a poor reaction to hormones being delivered through the digestive system. Generally, these
problems will fade after time, but some women do not respond well to pills at all.
Creams, Gels, and Patches – are less intrusive options that are applied directly to the skin. These options can be applied quickly, and work well for women who do not respond well to taking pills, or those who want to avoid the initial unpleasantness often involved with taking hormone pills. Creams and gels are simply applied at regular intervals, and a patch is kept on the skin for a certain amount of time. Rashes and irritation are side effects associated with these methods.
Injections – are another option. Injections do not need to be administered as often as pills or skin-applied options. Injections are highly potent options, giving your body enough of a hormone that quickly levels out after the injection is given, letting your body quickly rebalance hormones with much higher quantities than it naturally produces. Many people are afraid of needles and shots, but injections are among the safest and most convenient methods of treating hormone imbalance.
Pellet Implanting – is the process of implanting hormone pellet(s) under the skin using a mild local anesthetic and the procedure is quick and relatively pain free. This procedure frees up the patients to pursue more enriching aspects of their life such as their families, friends, hobbies, and career, without added stress of a daily hormone regimen.
Bioidentical hormone pellets are fused hormones in the shape of a cylinder about the size of rice that comprise of either Testosterone or Estradiol formulations. These are exact chemical structure as the ones natively made in your body. Typically, hormones are made at a compounding pharmacy in various doses, usually in 25mg, 50mg, 100mg, or 200mg doses. The only FDA approved dose is 75mg, however, this particular dosing does not afford for
exacting dosing levels. For women, hormone pellets last 3 to 4 months.
Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy avoids all of the pitfalls of other available routes of administration. More importantly, it has been shown to be clinically superior in all aspects of physiological response that leads to superior relief of *menopausal, andropausal, *and other *hormonally *and *age-associated symptoms. **In short, it is the safest, easiest, and most efficacious way to achieve hormone balance.*
The best course of action is to seek experienced physicians such as those at East Valley Health and Wellness. We are a leader in providing the highest quality care in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for men and women. When all aspects of health care are managed by one physician, care effectiveness and efficacy of treatment are magnified. It is customary to set up a consultation with a physician to establish care and to discuss if bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is right for you. There are some contraindications to this therapy including a history of
recent or on-going cancer, uncontrolled hypertension, and active pregnancy or planning for pregnancy. Typically a full blood panel will be ordered to thoroughly assess a patient’s hormone levels, thyroid function, metabolic function, complete blood count, and lipid panel. Generally, hormone levels are measured 6 weeks after the initial hormone implantation. After that, labs are typically drawn every 3 to 4 months.