Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
There are a number of benefits of Bio-identical Hormone Therapy which is why we have decided to offer this at our practice. Some of these benefits include:
- Decreased risk of Heart disease, which is the cause of death in 1 in 7 women pre-menopausal and 1 in 3 women postmenopausal.
- Brain/ Mental function– Decreases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease as well as issues such as depression, anxiety, and fatigue, and ‘brain fog’.
- Bone Health– Decreases your risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis. BioIdentical Hormone therapy can actually increase your bone density by up to 8.5% annually.
- Increased libido/ sexual function– This is true for women as well as men. Hormone therapy can make you more interested in having a healthy, happy, sex life which has been proven to be a positive benefit for an individual’s overall well being.
What is bioidentical hormone therapy?
BHRT or bioidentical hormone therapy is the use of hormones that are IDENTICAL on a molecular level with the endogenous hormones (produced by the body naturally) in hormone replacement therapy. These are not derived from an animal source like synthetic hormones.
This therapy increases hormone levels in both men and women to improve multiple aspects of life including sexual wellness, bone health, brain health/mental function, as well as decreasing the risk of heart disease or heart attack.
Understanding Hormones Changes as We Age
Menopause is commonly heard amongst women- those with fewer years under their belt dread the time it will come and women going through it or who are around menopausal age often suffer tremendously through their experience.
There is another hormonal change called Andropause, which receives MUCH less public awareness. Andropause can begin as early as our early 30’s. Mood swings, fatigue, mental fog, depression, weight gain and low libido and then eventually about a decade later, hot flashes can kick in and symptoms become increasingly unbearable.
Andropause is not exclusive to women!
Men suffer from hormone decline as well. Everyone’s body is slightly different, but generally, from age 35 forward (some men have symptoms earlier) a 2% reduction of testosterone occurs.
- Signs/ symptoms of Andropause:
- Fatigue/ Low Energy levels
- Mental fog
- Decreased mental clarity
- Difficulty focusing
- Memory Loss
- Mood Swings
- Depression/ Anxiety
- Sleep Disturbances
- Low Libido (sexual desire)
Dr. Jennifer Walden Explains BioTE® Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
Understanding the role of Testosterone and overall health benefits
Testosterone is NOT just important for sexual health NOR is it a hormone only produced in males. It is an important hormone in both the FEMALE AND MALE body.
In women, Testosterone is actually produced primarily by the female ovary and to a lesser degree in the adrenal glands.
In men, Testosterone is produced primarily by the testicles and to a lesser degree in the adrenal glands.
Testosterone has MANY functions in our bodies beyond sexual health. For example, it helps significantly with brain function.
Many studies have shown that natural testosterone is protective and preventative of many disease states.
For example, men with low testosterone are 3 times more likely to get Alzheimer’s dementia and women suffer with similar risks; in a recent study, men over 55 with higher levels of testosterone showed a significant reduction in coronary artery disease risk and heart attacks; testosterone also builds bone mass density by about 8.3% per year, preventing and reversing osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Women, as well as men, often suffer from a ’paunch’ in their mid-abdominal section which occurs with age. Low levels of testosterone can be responsible for this. Low levels of testosterone increases cortisol and insulin levels, both of which increase belly fat and increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, one of the most widespread epidemics in the U.S. Therefore, correcting the issue of low testosterone for men and for women, ultimately reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance.
For women, countless studies show testosterone as protective to the breasts from breast cancer. Breast cancer tissue can have both estrogen and insulin receptors. Natural testosterone has been shown to down-regulate estrogen receptors in the breasts and decreases insulin levels.
What if my past hormone labs have fallen within a ‘normal’ range?
Women are usually symptomatic with a testosterone less than 40, but again this is still within the ‘normal’ range. Men are typically symptomatic for low testosterone levels around 400, although this falls within a ‘normal’ range.
After ordering labs and reviewing your symptoms, we will decide what therapies will best ‘optimize’ your levels.
There are also MANY ways hormone balance can be optimized with the high-grade nutraceutical treatments that we offer.
Suzanne Somers discusses Hormone Replacement Therapy
How long have hormone pellets been around?
Hormone pellets were originally developed in 1939 for women who underwent radical hysterectomies. Widely used in Europe and Australia, they are the longest studied form of hormone therapy (HRT) to date.
Why am I just hearing about bio-identical hormone therapy?
What is the pellet made of?
Pellets are estradiol or testosterone and steric acid is used to bind the pellet. The hormones (estradiol and testosterone) are IDENTICAL on a molecular level with endogenous (hormones made by your body) in hormone replacement. The compounded medication uses a soy complex to bind the medication. It is NOT derived from an animal or a synthetic source.
Are pellets FDA approved?
The estrogen and testosterone pellet are FDA approved. The manufacturing of pellets 503B outsourcing facilities are under strict regulations by the FDA.
How often do patients need pellets?
3-5 months for women and 4-6 months for men.
How big are the pellets and can you feel them?
Pellets are about the size of a grain of rice. Limiting gluteal exercises after insertion for 72 hours for women and 7 days for men significantly reduces any complication of swelling or discomfort after the pellet insertion. Our providers are highly trained in performing the procedure with a safe and comfortable approach for the patient.
Does BioIdentical Hormone therapy increase my risk of cancer?
FALSE! The medications that we prescribe have had no evidence of increasing your risk of any type of cancer. The type of hormone therapy that increases your risk for cancer in women is due to a synthetic form of Progesterone, called Progestin, combined with Estrogen therapy, which we do not prescribe whatsoever. The hormones we prescribe are all naturally occurring in your body, just at decreased rates as you age.Also, we perform thorough pre-treatment laboratory work as well as assessment to find out what type and dosage of hormone therapy is right for you!
Does BioIdentical Hormone therapy increase my risk of heart disease?
FALSE! BioIdentical hormone therapy actually helps to protect your heart against elevated lipid levels or ‘bad’ cholesterol which causes plaque build up in your blood vessels.
If I have other hormone problems, such as thyroid- related problems, should I avoid BioIdentical Hormone Therapy?
NO! Part of adequately treating your hormones and your lab work up is to see if ALL of your hormones are in balance. Appropriate treatment for your personal needs will be discussed, recommended, and prescribed.