While bio-identical hormones have been approved and available for the use in the US since the 1930s, the use of bio-identical hormones has been slow to increase despite general agreement in the scientific literature that bio-identical hormone replacement is far better than using non-human hormones. The technology now exists that allows us to place time-release pellets in the fat under our skin to deliver more youthful hormone levels directly into the bloodstream. I do not claim that this therapy is the “fountain of youth”, I am very confident that it can dramatically improve many people’s quality of life and health in measureable ways based upon hundreds of recent scientific studies.
What exactly are hormones?
Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, either secreted into the bloodstream or used locally, that affect the functioning of other cells. A hormone affects only specific cells called target cells that have unique receptors for that hormone.
What is meant by bio-identical?
Bio-identical hormones have the exact same chemical structure as hormones that are made by the human body. In order for the for a replacement to fully replicate the function of the hormone that we naturally produce, the chemical structure must exactly match the original.
What is the goal of bio-identical hormone therapy?
The goal of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is to provide an adequate supply of a deficient hormone in a form that is molecularly identical to that which your body produces. Logically, this should result in the hormone’s normal healthy physiologic effects being restored. We will work together to customize a BHT program based upon your symptoms and hormone levels.
How is the BHT administered in my practice?
BHT pellets are obtained in various strengths from a highly rated commercially licensed compounding pharmacy. The hormones are derived from an ingredient found in many vegetables including Yams and Soy beans. Testosterone pellets are placed via time released pellets inserted in the body fat. They are extremely small, usually painless to insert, and provide a steady hormone level for 3 to 4 months.
Goals of BHT testosterone replacement therapy include
Testosterone is vital to the health and well being of BOTH men and women. Testosterone is produced in both the ovaries and the adrenal glands. Testosterone contributes to muscle mass, strength and endurance, decreased fat, increased exercise tolerance, enhancement of the sense of well-being and psychological health. Testosterone protects against cardiovascular disease and reduces blood sugar. It leads to improved lean muscle, increased bone density, decrease in cholesterol, improved skin tone, better mental clarity and concentration, improved healing capacity, and testosterone is the only hormone which increases libido and sexual performance. It enhances the quality of life for both men and women by decreasing the diseases of aging.
What is involved in starting on BHT testosterone therapy?
You will fill out a brief medical history and a symptoms questionnaire. We will discuss your symptoms and review the results from your blood test. Known risks and side effects are minor and uncommon, though these will be discussed with you as well. It takes less than 5 minutes to insert the pellets. You can resume full activity within 4 days and can expect to feel some improvements within the first week.
4 weeks after your first insertion you will have your hormone levels repeated and come in to discuss what you have experienced in symptom relief. We will decide whether any adjustment needs to be done in your future dosage based on your blood test results and symptoms. We will also encourage you to further enhance your own health by using the new found energy from restored hormone levels to exercise regularly and eat well. In your first year of treatment expect to have 3 to 4 insertions. You can stop BHT treatment at any time which will cause your hormone levels to drift back to your pre-treatment levels and your pre-treatment symptoms to return. There is no age limit on treatment; women as young as 25 as well as women in their 70’s or older have had wonderful benefits from this therapy.