Hormone Treatment & Pellet FAQs

What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bio-identical or Bio-Equivalent Hormones are hormones that are chemically structured to be equal to the hormones that our own bodies produce. By contrast, synthetic hormones are distinctly hormones that are patentable such as Prempro, Premarin and Provera.
Many physicians will prescribe synthetic hormones to treat menopausal symptoms. This,however, does not correct the hormonal imbalances, which cause so many health problems.*

Which Hormones Should I Take?

Women naturally produce estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. Most women will chose to have these hormones replaced with bio-identical pellets to achieve optimal balance again. Men produce mainly testosterone. Testosterone in men is much higher than in women. In most men testosterone will be replaced in order to bring the levels back to those of a more youthful man.*

How are my Hormone Levels Determined?

First, we’ll ask you for a detailed personal and family health history. Then, we’ll perform a simple examination and give you a blood test. This will help us determine the dosage you need to rebalance your hormones. You will be seen in 2 – 4 days to discuss your personal treatment plan.*

What can I Expect During the Procedure?

What has come to be known as the “pellet,” is similar to the size of a grain of rice. A small area of lateral buttocks is anesthetized then a micro- incision is made in the fleshy part and the pellets are inserted under the skin. The area is covered with a small dressing, and since this is an minor outpatient procedure the patient can return to either work or home the same day. A follow up blood draw is required 4 weeks after the placement of the pellets to evaluate the level of the patient.*

What Should I Expect After Having the Procedure?

Within 10 to 14 days, after the insertion you should begin to experience some relief of your symptoms. After about three weeks you should see many differences, which may include: more energy, better rest,increased sex drive, better memory, and the ability to handle stress better.*

How Many Treatments Should I Get?

Patients are asked to have blood work done before an insertion and about four weeks after. This helps determine hormone levels and the dosage necessary to balance your hormones at the time, since our hormones change through out stages in our day and life. Typically, men and women receive implants about every 4 to 6 months depending on how they feel and where their hormone levels are at that time.*

What are Hormones?

DHEA DHEA is important to make other hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. DHEA can boost the immune system and is beneficial in fighting autoimmune diseases.

Estrogen Estrogen is a hormone produced by the ovaries until menopause. Lower levels estrogen contributes to osteoporosis, poor memory,hot flashes,arteriosclerosis, and vaginal dryness. Estrogen is beneficial when it comes to anti-aging in the following ways: thicker skin, decreased heart disease and stroke, stronger bones and increased lifespan.

Thyroid Thyroid hormones increase energy and metabolic rate, support protein synthesis, and are essential for proper development.

Testosterone Testosterone is known to most as the “male sex hormone” but a is also important in women as well. Anti-aging benefits of testosterone replacement may include improved mood, feeling of well being, more red blood cells, decreased fatigue, stronger bones,reduced cholesterol, increased sex drive, and sexual potency.

Melatonin Melatonin is known for its role in setting the body’s internal clock and controls our sleeping patterns. Some of melatonin’s anti-aging benefits may include: enhanced well-being,more positive responses to stress,improved sleep, and a stronger immune system.

ProgesteroneProgesterone often counters the effect of estrogen by “regulating” the estrogen receptors. Women who have Bio-Identical pellet replacement and have or have not had a hysterectomy will need to take progesterone in evening before bedtime. Some of the anti-aging benefits include: reduction of arthritic inflammation,reduction of stress, improved mood, enhanced well-being, maintenance of memory, and improved sleep.

Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for Me?

For many people the answer is yes. Men and women both suffer from a variety of hormone deficiencies, especially as they age. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help them decrease their risk of most age-related symptoms.*

Do Low Hormone Levels Affect My Sex Drive?

Most definitely! Most women and me around the age of 40 begin suffer from decreased levels of testosterone. Testosterone is the primary hormone which can cause low sex drive and low energy among many other symptoms.*
Should I take Bioidentical Hormones if I Sleep More Than 8 Hours a Day or Have Trouble Sleeping at Night?

Yes! Most patients start improving the quality of their sleep within 7 days of being on the bioidentical hormone therapy.

I am Going or Have Gone Through Menopause: Should I Consider Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?

YES! Women who are going through or who have already been through menopause are at high risk for depleted levels of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. In fact many symptoms which come from menopause can be prevented with bio-identical hormone therapy.*

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