As men and women age, many suffer from symptom caused by decreasing levels of reproductive hormones. Women going through menopause often experience mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, fuzzy thinking, decreased sex drive, headaches and weight gain. Men with low testosterone can experience poor sleep, increased body fat, lack of sex drive, difficulty maintaining erections, depression, irritability or a general lack of motivation or interest in life.
We have known for decades that correcting hormone levels can improve these symptoms and quality of life. The pharmaceutical industry took advantage of this, creating synthetic hormones such as Premarin and Provera (Prempro). Unlike bio-identical hormones, synthetics are different structurally from human hormones. This difference allows the patenting of synthetic hormones which generate big profits for the pharmaceutical industry. These non-identical imitators do reduce some symptoms of hormone deficiencies but they do not restore balance in a way that your body recognizes. A large study (Women’s Health Initiative) was done that showed that the risks (blood clots, breast cancer, and heart attacks) of treatment with these synthetic hormones outweighed the benefit they might receive. Unfortunately this conclusion was also assumed for bio-identical hormones (BHRT) despite the fact that Bio-identical hormones have not been shown to impart the same risks as synthetic hormones. Concerns about a possible link between testosterone replacement and heart attacks was contradicted by a larger, more recent study that indicates a optimal levels of testosterone actually protects men from heart disease.
Bio-identical hormones are plant-based hormone substances. They are made from soy and yams and precisely match the molecular structure and function of human hormones. The body recognizes them. This enables them to bind appropriately to the same receptors as their human counterparts. The body metabolizes bioidenticals in the way it was designed to and these hormones produce the same physiologic responses. Thus, bio-identicals can provide vital support to the body’s organs, tissues and cells. Additionally, bioidenticals can be compounded to meet the dosage needs of each individual. That isn’t always possible with mass-produced pharmaceutical synthetics.
BIo-identical hormone therapy (BHRT) can be delivered in pills, patches, creams, lozenges (troches), injections, and pellets inserted under the skin surface. However, pellets are the only form of delivery that closely mirrors what the human ovary and testicle do. This method ensures the same steady, around-the-clock, low dosages in amounts that the body once created. You won’t have to change patches, rub on creams, or remember to take a pill. And you won’t experience the surges and drops in blood levels as with other methods. Pellet implants even deliver more when the body needs it—like during exercise or periods of stress. Pellet therapy is lesser known, likely because the pellets are not patentable. They are made by a compounding pharmacy and inserted by a physician. Hormone pellets are about the size of a Tic-Tac and are inserted under the skin. The procedure is performed in the office takes about 10 minutes.
BENEFITS OF BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE PELLETS:
- The only method that allows the body to control the release of hormone, raising levels when more is needed and decreasing it when requiring less
- Deliver a very low dosage continuously, 24/7
- Release testosterone and/or estradiol directly into the bloodstream, thereby bypassing the gastrointestinal system and liver
- Consistently proven more effective than oral, injected, or topical methods with regard to sexual function, mood and cognitive function, metabolic function, bone density, urinary and vaginal problems, lipid profiles, breast health and hormone ratios
- Additionally, bioidenticals can be compounded to meet the dosage needs of each individual.
- Typically last from 3 to 6 months