Data also continues to indicate that receiving hormone replacement therapy at the start of menopause can be very important to a woman’s ongoing health. Natural hormone replacement therapy has helped improve not only the quality of our lives, but also how long we live them. Some (unsympathetic) doctors continue to say that women should stop whining and embrace our menopausal woes, but why should we when the remedy is as simple as replacing missing hormones?
Countless women have now made the switch to natural bio-identical hormone therapy. By “bio-identical” we mean that the biochemical structure of the hormone is perfectly matched to the hormone produced in a woman’s body by her endocrine system. Artificially formulated (synthetic) hormones are intentionally engineered to be slightly different from human hormone so that it may be patented.
Bio-Identical hormones are plant-based, natural substances that our bodies can metabolize in the way it was designed to do, minimizing side effects. These compounded bio-identicals can be matched to each woman’s unique needs, something that’s impossible with mass-manufactured products. These human-identicals have long been preferred for hormone therapy in Japan, France and other European countries.
Estrogen is a woman’s most important hormone. Without hormone replacement therapy, the loss of estrogen puts her at increased risk for premature ovary failure, osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, tooth loss, impaired vision, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. The longer a woman is without the protection of her own estrogen, the greater the risk for serious health consequences of these conditions.
There are estrogen receptors in a variety of organs throughout the body and brain. That’s why hormonal imbalance produces different symptoms such as loss of skin elasticity, bone shrinkage, mood and cognitive decline. On the other hand, when estrogen levels rise as they do in the first week of menses, their overall effect is to increase the amount of serotonin available in the spaces between the brain’s nerve cells. That improves mood. Within the brain, estrogen may in fact act as a natural antidepressant and mood stabilizer. It is therefore essential that a woman suffering from premature ovary failure or surgical menopause receive treatment from a HRT physician who understands the many ramifications of the disease and is willing and able to meet her endocrine and emotional needs.
Testosterone hormone therapy gives a woman her mental clarity, libido and muscle tone and mass. When this hormone is at low levels, women often complain of mental confusion, weight gain and poor muscle growth even with regular exercise.
The effect of hormone deficiency on the brain, muscle, bone, heart and metabolism can be significant without hormone replacement therapy for women and dangerous to long term health. The brain needs normal amounts of testosterone in balance with estrogen to produce serotonin, which supports emotional balance. When lacking in these hormones, a woman will experience emotional instability that often results in increased anxiety, irritability, sleep disturbances, anger, sadness and depression.
The musculoskeletal system is also adversely affected by the loss of testosterone. By not having bio-identical hormone therapy the deficiency or imbalance of testosterone can lead to muscle atrophy, osteopenia, osteoporosis and pain in the muscles and joints.
FAQs for Women
What are bio-identical hormones?
They are derived from a natural plant source and professionally compounded to be biologically identical to human form of estradiol and testosterone. The body is given what it can no longer produce.
What can I expect bio-identical hormones to do for me?
The quality of life given back to every man or woman is second to none.
- Increased energy levels
- Restore or increase sexual drive
- Consistency in moods – no more roller coaster effect
- Relief from anxiety and depression
- Decreased body fat
- Increased mental clarity and focus
- Greater capacity for getting the body in shape
What are Pellet Therapy Side Effects?
Unlike other forms of hormone therapy, there are few side effects. Two percent of patients experience mild acne or facial hair, and less than 1% experience hair thinning. All of these mild side effects are easily treatable.BioTE® Medical’s hormone pellet therapy side effects are minimal when compared to other hormone delivery methods. That’s because BHRT pellet therapy delivers consistent amounts of hormones 24 hours a days.
How often will I need treatment?
It depends on the person, but anywhere from 3 to 4 months.
I get horrible headaches, will this help me?
Yes! Bio-identical therapy has had great success with hormone related headaches.
If I am a woman, do I still need estrogen?
Bio-identical absorbable estrogen is the most important hormone for a woman to protect her against heart attack, stroke, as well as osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s. Synthetic estrogen taken orally does not offer the universal benefits.
I have no libido, what will this do for that if anything?
Good hormone balance will greatly improve your sexual desires.
Will I grow unwanted hair from the testosterone?
There is less chance of hair growth with bio-identical hormones.
As a women, do I need other medications?
Unless the uterus has been removed, women will also need progesterone, to protect the uterine lining.
What’s the difference between bio-identical hormone pellets and creams?
There are a number of ways that hormone pellet therapy differs from bio-identical creams. BHRT pellet therapy is injected subcutaneously, resting beneath the skin. This injection eliminates the “roller coaster” effect that often accompanies BHRT creams.
What Does Pellet Therapy Cost?
The cost of hormone pellet therapy differs based on your individual treatment plan and needs. Generally, the BHRT pellet therapy cost is competitive with other hormone therapy delivery methods. Once you have your blood panel analyzed, your provider will develop a custom treatment plan for you, including recommended nutraceuticals to help you achieve optimal balance. There is a financing plan available through BioTE Medical to help you get started today.
I get horrible headaches – will they help me?
Yes! We have had great success, especially with women who have menstrual migraines, and new migraines that appear after age 35.
Do I need to take other medication?
If you still have a uterus, you will need to be on natural progesterone as well.
Why do I need estrogen?
Estrogen is the most important hormone for a woman. It protects her against heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s. It also
keeps us looking young and healthy.
Why do I need testosterone?
Testosterone is the third female hormone and is as essential as estrogen and progesterone. We need this hormone to keep our thought
process quick and our libido healthy. It improves bone density, muscle mass, strength and prevents some types of depression. It is also
the source of energy and solid sleep!
Will I grow unwanted hair from testosterone?
There is less chance of excess hair growth with natural testosterone than with synthetic hormones. Facial hair will grow with testosterone
pellets but normally not worse than when you were in your thirties.