Bioidentical
Hormone Therapy

What is Hormone Pellet Therapy?

Hormone Pellet Therapy places small, time-released pellets of bio-identical hormones in the fat under your skin to be absorbed. The hormones in the pellets are bio-identical, meaning it is the exact molecular match of the human hormone. The process is quick and painless, like having your blood drawn. A small amount of local anesthesia is used to numb the skin before a small tube pushes the pellet into place, and is easily performed in the office.

The pellets are derived from natural plant sources and dissolve completely over a three to six month period in order to replicate the body’s optimal hormonal levels. A compounding pharmacy, following strict federal guidelines, compresses, heats and sterilizes hormone powder to make the pellets. Once placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin, the pill-sized pellets most closely mimic the actions of healthy ovaries and testicles with regards to testosterone release into the bloodstream.

Because the pellets contain only ingredients naturally found in the human body, Pellet Therapy is ideal for patients wanting the benefits of human hormone therapy to replace a deficiency and enhance health and performance, without the drawbacks of synthetic non-human ingredients.

Symptoms that may benefit from Bioidentical Pellet Therapy include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Loss of Energy
  • Decreased Sexual Desire
  • Elevated Cholesterol
  • Weight Gain Despite Exercise
  • Loss of Memory
  • Cardiac Dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Poor Concentration
  • Loss of Muscle Tone
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Inflammation

Why Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy is a Good Choice.

For Women:

A 40-year-old woman has less than half the testosterone she did at 21. This drop has enormous implications for her health, well being and physical resilience.

Most testosterone is made by the ovaries with the rest of it being made in the adrenal glands. Women are more sensitive to testosterone than men. In other words, they need a lower circulating level in their bodies to provide for their physical, emotional and neurological health. This increased sensitivity leads to a rapid development of problems when a comparatively small drop is available testosterone occurs.

Few realize that even at her reproductive peak, a woman has far more testosterone in her circulation than estrogen. A small reduction in testosterone levels creates the symptoms we call menopause: including a drop in muscle mass and bone density, increased body fat (especially inside the abdomen), higher levels of inflammation, decreased energy, mood, balance, and temperature regulation issues that adversely affect many aspects of life.

For Men:

A man will typically lose 1 to 2% of their testosterone level every year staring at age 19. Acceleration of this drop can occur from stress or taking opiate pain relievers (which can drop the testosterone levels up to 80% within two hours).

The biggest factor in older men’s ability to survive and ambulate in a rehabilitation unit was found to be their testosterone level.

A human’s anti-inflammatory, emotional, and physiologic health (including heart and muscle function) is critically dependent upon a steady supply of testosterone. Low testosterone is clearly linked to higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, prostate cancer, depression, intra-abdominal fat, death, inflammation and increased pain sensitivity. Furthermore, the estrogen inside the cells that is responsible for the bone, nerve, and tissue repair in both sexes is created from the testosterone that has been transported inside these cells.

Misconceptions dispelled

Testosterone does not make one angry or violent. Quite the opposite! Testosterone has been shown to increase “friendliness” by decreasing irritability, anger, sadness, nervousness and tiredness. Nor is there any scientifically valid evidence showing testosterone increases the risk of heart disease or death. In fact, years of solid research has led many experts to believe that testosterone is protective of the cardiovascular system, prostate and breast.

Are there side effects?

Testosterone therapy side effects are uncommon, mild and manageable. The most common side effects are increased facial or body hair, a mild acne outbreak or an overly increased libido. Should they occur, these side effects are temporary and resolve upon decreasing the dosage.

How can I determine if this therapy is right for me?

An office consultation and review of your symptoms and lab results will determine if you are a candidate for bio-identical hormone pellet therapy. We will go over the expected benefits and possible risks as they apply to you.

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Hormone support for Men and Women facing Recovery and Rehabilitation from surgery or injuries.

It is obvious that as we age, it is much harder to recover from physical insults and injuries. Older bodies are no longer anabolic (muscle building) and actually become catabolic (breaking down muscle and losing bone density.)

The average 45 year old man in 2006 had 30% less testosterone than a 45 year old man in 1986. Women in the lowest 1/3 of testosterone levels have greatly increased mortality and disease rates, as do men. It is almost certain that the same environmental factors that dramatically lowered male testosterone levels have also lowered the female levels. Furthermore, except for their reproductive organs, males and females are physiologically identical. Men and women are equally dependent for health upon a steady supply of testosterone and the resultant intracellular estrogen and other compounds that are made from testosterone in both sexes.

Female Hormone Replacement Therapy

The symptoms of perimenopause and menopause can be life -altering! Hot flashes, night sweats, poor concentration and sleep disturbance are just a few of them. A key study for our generation was the Women’s health Initiative published in 2002. The results showed increased risk of cardiovascular disease and 26 % increased risk of breast cancer. Related to hormone replacement. In 2002 the prescriptions for synthetic estrogen and progesterone therapy decreased by 60%. The Pendulum has shifted and now women are again seeking remedies for hot flashes, and other disturbing menopausal symptoms. Compounded bioidentical hormone therapy and pellet therapy are becoming more mainstream.

The Endocrine society has defined Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy as “compounds that have the exact chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are produced in the body.” There are 3 main types of Estrogen hormones. Estradiol and Estrone are produced in the ovaries. Estradiol is the predominant female hormone prior to menopause, and Estrone becomes more prominent after menopause. Estriol is the third hormone and it is short acting. It is also the least potent endogenous estrogen.
There are two cellular receptors that bind estrogen, alpha and beta. Alpha receptors are found in the endometrium, breast cancer cells, and ovaries. Beta receptors are found in bone, kidney, lung and endothelial cells. Estradiol has the highest affinity for the receptors, then Estrone is mid-range, and Estriol is the weakest.

A common compounded estrogen is Biest which is 80% Estriol and 20 % Estradiol. Although lower dose, estradiol accounts for the most estrogenic activity. Progesterone is used in hormone therapy to prevent development of endometrial hyperplasia or neoplasia as a result of estrogen administration. Micronized progesterone allows for improved absorption of oral progesterone. It does contain peanut oil. Progesterone can also be compounded and delivered in a topical cream.

Testosterone therapy with very small doses allows females to build more muscle mass. Muscle is more efficient at burning calories than fat. In small doses, 1-5 mg/day, it improves mood, focus and may improve memory. Testosterone therapy helps improve sex drive, builds bone mass and improves skin tone and texture.

The most common methods of replacement are creams, pills, or bioidentical pellet therapy. Each of us has our own special dose which is identified after lab work is done.

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