Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has actually been utilized to help men and women with hormone imbalance in the United States since 1938.
Our Bio-identical Hormones are all natural plant based products made from yams and soy. These hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones our body produces, hence the term ‘bio-identical’.
There are numerous studies worldwide that document the incredible benefits and safety of BHRT.
BHRT should not be confused with the “synthetic hormones” that are typically found in many creams, gels and injection therapies recommended and/or used for hormone replacement in traditional medical settings.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can help you experience:
- Calmer, more stable mood
- Reduced body fat and weight loss
- Increased energy levels
- Higher sex drive
- Stronger mental clarity
- Improved muscle tone and mass
Common Symptoms associated with hormone deficiency in men and women include:
- Loss of Energy
- Low Sex Drive
- Weight Gain/Increased Belly Fat
- Irritable, Moody
- Loss of Focus
- Decreased Sense of Well-being
- Increased Fatigue
- Decreased or loss of Erectile Function in Men
- Vaginal dryness, painful sex and/or inability to achieve orgasm in women
- Loss of Muscle Mass and Strength
- Depression and Anxiety
- Loss of Confidence
Since the 1930’s Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been an effective treatment using hormones that are identical to the hormones naturally made by our body and has proven to be a safe and effective alternative to hormones that are synthetic such as injectable testosterone or the hormones that were concentrated from horse urine (Premarin).
Our BHRT pellets are made by compounding pharmacists in customized dosages based on the individual needs of the patient as opposed to the restricted and limited choices available with mass-produced, or “one size fits all” hormone therapies.
A more natural approach to hormone therapy frequently referred to as “natural hormone therapy” has placed attention on bioidentical hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones that the male and female bodies produce naturally. BHRT pellets are made from plant compounds that are extracted from yams and soy instead of the synthetic forms many people are offered in traditional medical settings.
The results our clients receive from Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is very often a drastic improvement in their overall sense of well-being in addition to the relief from common symptoms of hormone deficiency, such as insomnia, chronic fatigue, mood swings, memory loss, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness and weight gain to name a few; creating benefits that include calmer mood, reduced body fat, increased energy levels, increased sex drive, stronger mental clarity, better sleep and improved muscle tone and mass, among others.
Blood tests that measure total estradiol and/or testosterone are utilized to detect both deficiency OR excess estrogen or testosterone that the body produces as well as to help monitor the effects of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Proponents of bioidentical hormones say that the big advantages to BHRT are more precise monitoring of hormone levels and more precise individualized treatment.
Bio-Identical Hormones vs. Synthetic Hormones
According to some studies, patients respond more quickly and favorably to bioidentical hormones and have reported finding relief from many of the common symptoms associated with menopause and the male equivalent, known as “andropause”.
Whereas, synthetic hormones are available by prescription at most traditional pharmacies; bioidentical hormones are available by prescription from a reputable and strongly FDA regulated compounding pharmacy only.
At an approved BHRT compounding pharmacy, the pharmacist prepares and combines a customized blend, strength, and dose for an individual’s prescribed hormone therapy.
Unlike the conventional or synthetic hormone replacement therapies, BHRT pellets DO NOT increase the risk of blood clots.
Andropause vs. Menopause
Andropause, the male equivalent to menopause, is the point in a man’s life during which testosterone levels decline. Common symptoms of andropause and low testosterone, or “Low T”, include fatigue, poor sleep, mental fog, joint pain, mood swings, sexual dysfunction, muscle weakness, anxiety, depression and low libido.
BHRT pellet therapy replenishes testosterone levels, which can significantly improve an overall sense of wellbeing and resolve symptoms of andropause. BHRT can also help men feel stronger, more alert and energetic, relieve ‘brain fog’ and improve sexual function and libido. Men usually notice the benefits of BHRT Pellet Therapy within 2 to 4 weeks.
With women, the clinical definition of menopause is the lack of a menstrual period for a full year. During this time, women experience natural and gradual reproductive decline. As a result, the ovaries diminish in the production of estrogen and progesterone.
Typical symptoms of menopause are known to include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, depression, diminished libido, vaginal dryness and fatigue. BHRT can help resolve and/or manage these undesirable symptoms in women and create a greater sense of overall vitality, health and wellbeing.
Most female patients begin to feel a difference within 48-72 hours while others may take one to two weeks to start feeling better.
Also, because hormone deficiency is a common cause of hair loss in men and women, treatment with estradiol and testosterone specifically in the form of BHRT pellets, can help with hair health and possibly regrowth. In fact, with BHRT pellet therapy and the overall hormone balancing effect created, many people have noticed that their hair becomes less dry and thicker.
Bio-Identical Hormone Pellets
Many methods of delivery can be utilized to administer BHRT, however, data shows the most efficient method by way of absorption and bio-availability to deliver hormones in both men and women is by pellet implant.
BHRT pellets contain either estradiol or testosterone, which are pressed, or fused into tiny solid cylinders that for reference are about the size of a grain of rice. These BHRT pellets deliver consistent and healthy levels of hormones for 3-5 months in women and 4-6 months in men.
The BHRT pellets will dissolve in the body on their own and are then re-implanted two to four times a year depending on how rapidly the individual metabolizes the hormones. And because of this time release process of BHRT pellets they have helped many people avoid the fluctuations of hormone levels seen with other methods of delivery, providing more consistent hormone levels to the individual over a longer period of time.
Our BHRT pellets have experienced a very high success rate in our clients, even in those individuals who failed to get results with other types of hormone therapy. And the added benefit of BHRT with pellets claimed by numerous clients is the incredible convenience afforded the individual receiving all of the therapeutic benefits.
When compared to other types of hormone replacement therapy, many studies indicate pellets to be superior for resolution and/or relief of symptoms from menopause and andropause, such as, bone density maintenance, sleep regulation, improved libido, sexual performance and sexual response.
Both men and women require adequate levels of testosterone for optimal physical and mental health and for the prevention of chronic illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart attacks. All of which are associated with low testosterone levels.
In addition to using pellets for hormone maintenance and regulation, testosterone pellets have also been utilized for the treatment of menstrual headaches and migraines, along with providing relief of vaginal dryness, urinary frequency and urgency as well as incontinence.
In both men and women, the use of testosterone pellets has also been shown to relieve depression and anxiety, improve concentration and memory, increase energy and an overall sense of well-being and the treatment of testosterone deficiencies caused by the birth control pill in women.
Hormone therapy with pellets is not just used for menopause or andropause, as women and men at any age may experience hormone imbalance. BHRT pellet therapy can be useful in the treatment of numerous health challenges including severe PMS, postpartum depression, menstrual headaches, migraine headaches, depression/anxiety, sexual dysfunction and sleep disorders.
Monitoring Hormone Levels With BHRT Pellet Therapy
Your Hormone levels will be thoroughly tested and evaluated before BHRT pellet therapy begins. Levels are then reevaluated, usually 4 to 5 weeks following the initial procedure and prior to subsequent procedures and/or provider need.
Are you ready to improve your life significantly with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
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