Bioidentical hormone therapy is an advanced alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormones are synthetic but manufactured to be compatible with the human body, which produces superior results with fewer side effects. The hormones used for traditional hormone therapy, on the other hand, are derived from animals, which may cause difficult side effects.
There are other considerable benefits of bioidentical hormones. For example, the dosage for your treatment can be adjusted to your exact needs so you can achieve your wellness goals. The treatment method also uses pellets, which are easier to keep up with than other treatment methods since this form of therapy does not need to be applied daily.
Although this form of hormone therapy is much easier than other treatment methods, there are still a few steps for your treatment that you should expect. The first part of your treatment will be a consultation where you will discuss your symptoms with one of our providers. You should detail all the symptoms you are experiencing, how long you have been dealing with symptoms, and how bothersome these symptoms are in your daily life.
During your consultation, you will need to also detail the medications and supplements you are currently taking. This can include dietary supplements like protein drinks, multivitamins, herbal supplements, over-the-counter products (like allergy medications), and other prescriptions prescribed by your regular physician. Other steps include:
You will need to complete basic blood testing to assess the level of hormones in your blood. This is a crucial step since it will help determine the dosage of hormones necessary to restore normalcy in your body systems. Establishing a baseline of your current hormonal balance will also highlight the severity of your symptoms, or indicate whether your symptoms are related to a hormonal imbalance or another medical concern.
For example, many symptoms of age-related hormone imbalance overlap with symptoms of thyroid disease. It's likely your blood tests will assess various components of your health to accurately pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. If your blood tests determine your thyroid is the cause of your symptoms, then you will likely be referred to another treatment.
BioTE hormone therapy is done with pellets, which are about the size of a grain of rice. Pellets are inserted into fleshy areas of the body, such as the buttocks or lower hip. Pellets are ideal for hormone replacement because they dissolve slowly over time and disperse hormones evenly throughout the body.
Inserting pellets will usually only take about 20 or 30 minutes. To prepare your skin for pellet insertion, a topical numbing spray or cream will be applied to the skin. This temporary numbing cream will wear off in about one to two hours.
After your pellet therapy is complete, you will be able to return to your daily activities such as work and errands. You may be advised to avoid exercise for at least 24 to 72 hours. For some, it may be a good idea to use a cold compress to soothe the injection site for the first one or two days. You should try to sleep on your opposite hip or stomach for the first one or two nights after your treatment.
The results of your treatment will typically be noticeable about two to six weeks after your treatment. Depending on the severity of your hormone concerns, you may notice some symptoms of hormonal imbalance disappearing much quicker than others. The results of this treatment will typically last for about three to six months, depending on your hormone concerns and your gender.
During your treatment, you may have to have an occasional blood test to monitor the level of your hormones. Additionally, before your next treatment, you may need to complete another blood test to assess whether the dosage of your pellet therapy is appropriate.
There are several troubling symptoms associated with hormone imbalance. Some of these symptoms are shared by both men and women. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance associated with aging can include low sex drive, dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss, weight gain, irritability, mood swings, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, fatigue, confusion, memory lapses, muscle weakness, and more.
Men may experience signs of erectile dysfunction, and women may experience a loss of natural lubrication or even pain during sexual intercourse. Additionally, women may experience hot flashes during the day and particularly at night, which is one of the classic hallmarks of menopause and perimenopause.
Bioidentical hormone therapy may not be a treatment you will need to use for more than a few years. In fact, most experts agree that you should not use hormone therapy for more than five to seven years. Hormone replacement is meant to help with the transition between late-life hormone imbalance. When your natural hormones are adjusted, your symptoms will generally disappear, and you will not need to rely on pellet therapy anymore.
Dealing with the symptoms of hormonal changes related to the natural aging process can be difficult for men and women. For some, you may even feel like a stranger in your own body. Fortunately, BHRT is an ideal option to restore the balance of your hormones so you can start feeling like yourself again.