By: Chelsey Becker
As we age, we start to notice changes such as increased tiredness, brain fog, weight gain, weak muscle strength, diminished bone density…just to name a few. What you may not know, is that getting older doesn’t mean you have to accept and live with these symptoms. Because they are just that…symptoms. Not of aging, but more likely symptoms linked to a decline or imbalance of your hormones. The best news? By restoring your optimal hormone levels, we can bring it all back. Optimize your energy. Optimize your health. Optimize your overall well-being.
What research tells us: Bioidentical hormone pellet therapy is the longest studied form of hormone replacement therapy, dating back to 1939. These are not synthetic hormones that come with unwanted side effects. Bioidentical hormone pellets are the exact molecular structure of hormones that the body naturally produces, and are created from natural, plant-derived compounds. “Bio-identical” means “human identical”…translation being that this particular therapy restores your lost hormones in the exact form that your body would naturally produce in your younger years.
Why Hormone Pellet Therapy: Why is pellet therapy our recommended treatment for hormone optimization over other methods (pills, creams, patches, injections, etc.)? Bioidentical hormone pellets are more consistent in the delivery, in that the hormones are released/absorbed based on your cardiac output, meaning that your body is receiving a steady stream of hormones in your bloodstream as opposed to that up and down, roller coaster effect. Pellet treatments also last longer than other treatments. Pellet insertions are recommended only a few times each year, and are dosed based on an individual’s specific needs. Bioidentical hormone replacement pellet therapy is a personalized approach to hormone replacement. It allows a patient’s body to absorb the right level of hormones at the right time using a delivery method the body can process efficiently.
Health & Wellness Benefits:
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may offer relief for many common and debilitating symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:
- Foggy thinking
- Weight gain
- Sleep disturbances
- And so much more
Often, people with symptoms like these are suffering from hormonal imbalance. These ailments may be managed by getting to the root cause of these complex conditions and returning the patient to a state of hormonal balance. BHRT may be a simple method for correcting these complex issues through hormone optimization.
Not only will BHRT restore balance to the symptoms named above, but studies also prove amazing benefits with brain, breast, bone, prostate, and heart health. Research shows that bioidentical hormone therapy decreases the risk of breast cancer, lowers the risk of prostate cancer, as well as reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease. What research has shown us about bioidentical hormone pellet therapy:
- Dementia may be accelerated by hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances
- Estrogen and Testosterone decrease cell death, decrease inflammation, and increase cerebral blood flow
- Testosterone reduces heart disease in men and women
- Improves HDL and insulin resistance
- Pellets have 8.3% increase per year in bone density
- 2.5x greater than a hormone patch
- 8x greater than oral hormone replacement therapy
- Multiple studies show that testosterone has a protective benefit to the breast, reducing the incidence of breast cancer by over 60%
As each patient’s symptoms are unique, so is each patient’s path to hormone optimization. Some patients report some relief in as soon as four weeks, but full hormone optimization may take up to six months. Many report feeling more benefits after the second insertion. This method of hormone optimization therapy will be customized to balance each patient’s hormones and fit their specific needs.
Treatment Process: Pellets are small capsules (about the size of a grain of rice) that contain bioidentical hormones like testosterone or estrogen. A bioidentical hormone is the exact molecular structure of hormones the body produces naturally. They are inserted under the skin, where hormones enter the bloodstream as they dissolve over several months. As the pellet dissolves, and the body absorbs the contents, leaving nothing behind. Every patient’s symptoms are unique , so each journey is customized to fit their needs. Our studies show that patients may see the effects of hormone optimization up to four weeks after a pellet insertion. Everyone is unique and some people may feel the effects immediately, while others may take up to two or more pellet insertions before they feel full effects. Hormones delivered by pellet therapy bypass the liver, do not affect clotting factors, do not increase the risk of thrombosis, and avoid the fluctuations of hormone levels some patients may experience. Bioidentical hormone pellets are made from soy or the yam plant to create estradiol and/or testosterone molecules, unlike synthetic hormones, which are made from animal parts or urine and have a different molecular structure than what the body produces.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is such an exciting treatment option for restoring and optimizing overall health and wellness. If you’re ready to feel refreshed, energized, and back to yourself, we strongly encourage you to take a closer look at what hormone therapy has to offer. Find your energy again, maximize your well-being…you’re worth it. Schedule a complimentary consultation and see if bioidentical hormone therapy is right for you!