Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is changing the way we age. It is not new information that after about age 30, our bodies naturally begin to produce less and less hormones each and every year. This goes for both men and women alike and is something we all need to be aware of. Balanced hormones are not only necessary for good health, but they are essential for optimal health and the prevention of disease as we age.
Studies have proven that optimized hormone levels significantly reduce the risk of the most common and serious health issues, such as:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Heart Disease
- And more…
Studies have also shown that improved hormones protect the bones, brain, breasts and heart.
While you may think you feel great, it may be time to evaluate how you really feel. Some of the most common signs of hormonal decline include:
- Low energy/fatigue
- Weight gain
- Inability to lose weight
- Decreased muscle mass
- Decreased mental clarity: memory, focus, concentration
- Weakened bone density
- Difficulty sleeping at night
- Increased stress and anxiety
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
- Reduced libido
What are your options?
There are several options when it comes to replenishing your hormones. Most importantly, you want to make sure that you always choose a hormone supplementation regimen that consists of bio-identical hormones, not synthetic hormones. Bio-identical hormones are just that; they are biologically identical to the hormones your body already produces and readily absorbs. Synthetic hormones are man-made and therefore, do not contain the same chemical structure as that of what your body produces.
The most common forms of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy are oral, transdermal, injectable and pellet therapy. Oral hormone therapy is taken daily, usually at a very specific time of day. Transdermal therapy comes in a cream and is also has to be placed on the body at very specific times throughout the day and if your a woman, at certain periods of your menstrual cycle. Injectable therapy also has to be injected on a weekly basis. Both of these bio-identical options are great ways of supplementing your declining hormones, however, unlike oral, transdermal and injectable hormone therapy, pellet therapy works as an implant so instead of being ingested, absorbed or injected into the skin on a daily or weekly basis, these pellets, which are smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue just beneath the skin and only every 3-6 months. Being implanted, or placed, directly under the skin, pellet therapy releases small doses of hormones and provides optimal and natural hormonal supplementation directly into the bloodstream.
What exactly is pellet therapy?
Pellet therapy has been in use since 1939 and uses hormones derived to replicate the body’s normal hormone levels. Unlike oral and transdermal hormone therapies, which can produce “rollercoaster” hormone levels resulting in mood and energy fluctuations, pellet therapy is the only delivery method of hormone therapy that provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day without any fluctuations in energy or mood.
Pellet therapy is one of the most effective ways to absorb bio-identical hormones and reap the most health benefits because it is able to closely mimic the actions of healthy sexual organs and sex hormones.
Today, it is evident that we no longer have to accept hormonal decline and the symptoms that come with it as a way of life. We no longer have to “deal with it” or be told it’s “just a part of aging”. Thanks to bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and especially pellet therapy, natural hormone replacement therapy is helping improve the overall quality of men and women all over the world.
Hormone Pellet Therapy for Women
Estrogen is a woman’s most crucial hormone. In fact, without hormone replacement therapy, the severe loss of estrogen can put a woman at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, impaired vision, and even Parkinson’s disease. And the longer a woman goes without being protected by estrogen and its many health benefits. The more likely she may be at risk for these serious health conditions.
While more commonly known in men, testosterone also plays a huge role in a woman’s total health. A few health benefits of testosterone in women includes:
- Enhanced mental clarity and brain function
- Increased libido
- Improved muscle tone and mass
When a woman is deficient in testosterone, her most common complaints include brain fog or the inability to think clearly, weight gain or the inability to lose weight, and poor muscle tone, even with consistent exercise. In women, the brain needs normal amounts of testosterone and estrogen to to balance and produce serotonin, the neurotransmitter that supports emotional balance. When a woman is deficient in both testosterone and estrogen, she will usually experience increased anxiety, the inability to adapt and handle stress, irritability, sleep disturbances, sadness and sometimes even depression.
Hormone deficiency can have a large impact on a woman’s total health as hormones help keep our brain, muscles, bones and heart healthy. Hormone deficiency is also known to slow down your metabolism, resulting in weight gain. This is why estrogen and testosterone pellet therapy is so important for the total health of women.
Hormone Pellet Therapy for Men
Men begin losing testosterone at a rapid rate beginning at the age of 30, and the older they get, the more quickly their testosterone levels decline. Finding themselves lacking sexual desire, gaining weight, feeling sluggish and irritable, men are also led to believe it’s just a part of life and they “need to deal with it”. Fortunately, there are solutions to these common woes that many men face so they can not only age better, but live optimally, too.
Because testosterone used in pellet therapy is 100% natural, it is the perfect solution for men who need the health benefits of bio-identical hormone therapy without the negative effects of synthetic hormones.
Common testosterone deficiency symptoms include:
- Lack of drive and motivation
- Loss of libido
- Decreased mental acuity
- Lack of muscle mass
Bio-identical hormone therapy is ideal for men because it provides sustained and consistent testosterone levels throughout the day for up to 6 months. Additionally, it does not offer unwanted side effects, such as mood and energy fluctuations that are commonly associated with rollercoaster levels of testosterone.
There are many great forms of hormone supplementation, such as creams and troches. Why is pellet therapy superior to some other hormone options?
First, and most importantly, pellet therapy is a superior options because bio-identical pellets contain the same chemical structure as your body’s natural hormones, therefore, your cells are ready and willing to utilize the pellets in the most beneficial ways for your health. Additionally, hormone pellets:
- Offer sustained hormone levels
- No fluctuations in mood or energy
- Are consistent
- Only requires 3-4 insertions per year
Other delivery methods, such as oral or transdermal:
- Provide inconsistent results
- Require weekly or daily consumption
- May have numerous side effects
In my practice, I only use the BioTE method for pellet therapy as I have found it to be the absolute most superior form of pellet therapy. My patients who are on pellet therapy have had life-changing and drastic improvements in their health and have even gone so far as to say that they feel like a new person after getting on pellet therapy.
If you are irritable, anxious or have lost that loving feeling, hormones may be to blame. Test your hormone function today to see if you may be a candidate for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Complete this comprehensive hormone quiz today.