Unfortunately, our natural hormone levels decline as we age. You may know this as menopause in women and andropause in men.
Although this naturally occurs in everyone, eventually, it is anything but ‘normal’ to the active adult who suddenly develops concerning symptoms, including:
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle
- Decreased libido
- Thinning hair
- Insomnia, either as the inability to fall asleep or inability to stay asleep
- Mood changes and irritability
- Brain fog
- Bone loss
- Hot flashes
- Aging skin
These symptoms can be disconcerting and disruptive; even to the point of deteriorating your quality of life; it’s not just in your head!
Sometimes people suffer from low or unbalanced hormones even before menopause or andropause.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), sometimes known as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), helps restore hormones to optimal levels and relieve these troublesome symptoms.
What are BioIdentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones replicate the same chemical structure as the hormones your own body makes. This allows your body to recognize, process, and metabolize them similarly to your own natural hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are available in multiple forms, most commonly as oral supplements or topical creams. These are typically obtained from a compounding pharmacy, but some forms may be available from a commercial pharmacy. Commonly prescribed hormones include estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA.
What is a compounding pharmacy?
Compounding pharmacies dispense medications like commercial pharmacies. Compounding pharmacies differ from commercial pharmacies in their ability to dispense medications:
- in unique doses or concentrations not available through commercial means
- not available in any form through commercial means
- without particular allergens, such as artificial colors, lactose, or gluten
- in short supply through conventional pharmacies
- in alternate forms, such as creams, troches, or suppositories
- tailored to an individual patient’s needs
All pharmacies and pharmacists engaged in compounding are subject to oversight by both federal and state authorities.
What is Hormone Pellet Therapy?
Hormone pellets are small implantable doses of bioidentical hormone that slowly dissolve into the bloodstream, usually over a period of 3-5 months. Some clients prefer the simplicity of pellet therapy over taking a supplement or applying a cream every day. One or more pellets may be painlessly placed in a fatty area, generally on the hip/buttock, during a short office procedure.