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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:
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.
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.
Compounding pharmacies dispense medications like commercial pharmacies. Compounding pharmacies differ from commercial pharmacies in their ability to dispense medications:
All pharmacies and pharmacists engaged in compounding are subject to oversight by both federal and state authorities.
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.