Bio-identical Hormone Therapy
To control many functions of your body, various glands release hormones that work as messengers. They can affect many different areas of the body. Many conditions can be treated with hormones, and the most effective treatments involve the use of bio-identical hormones, which are identical to the same chemicals produced in the body.
What is bioidentical hormone therapy?
Bioidentical hormone therapy is the use of synthetic hormones designed to mimic human hormones almost exactly. Each bio-identical hormone used for therapy is selected specifically for you, in order to allow your body to tolerate it better than mass-produced hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormone therapy includes:
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
Bioidentical hormone therapy is administered through pellets that the doctors at Pasadena Pellet Therapy place just under the skin on your hip. This placement allows for a slow direct release of the medicine into your bloodstream 24 hours a day.
History of Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy
Even though Estradiol and Testosterone pellets have been in use in the United States since 1939, most physicians have not been exposed to them and so do not know much about them. A great deal of research has been done in England and the rest of Europe where pellets are standard menopausal therapy. The long-term benefits have proven to be outstanding.
Essentially, there is one major reason why hormone pellets have not been adopted by mainstream medicine: that is because pellets are "compounded" substances. This means that individual pharmacies make the pellets (if they know how and are certified to do so). There is no patent for hormone pellets and thus no profit for any drug company that might consider making them. You will not see ads on TV for hormone pellets !
Drug companies do not promote drugs they cannot patent. It is for this reason you do not hear or read much about pellet therapy. Pellet therapy competes with other drugs that pharmaceutical companies have spent time and money researching; however, pellet therapy is identical to your own hormones and therefore superior to prescription drugs.
Pellet-based hormone replacement therapy using bio-identical hormones is growing in popularity. Many ob/gyn doctors have never heard of this and are not trained in the proper techniques for testing patients, inserting the pellets and monitoring the person’s response to the therapy. Dr. Jennifer Park has been trained by Dr. Kathy Maupin, one of the world leaders in hormone pellet therapy who is the creator of the BioBalance Hormone Therapy system.
How does bioidentical hormone therapy help men?
The medical staff at Pasadena Pellet Therapy prescribe bio-identical hormone therapy to assist with the side effects associated with low testosterone. Men produce testosterone in their testes. With age, the amount of this hormone naturally decreases.
However, the disease known as hypogonadism (low testosterone or “low T”)— as well as medication side effects, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid problems, and diabetes — compounds the problem, causing testosterone levels to decrease even further.
Low T can result in:
- Reduced sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low sperm count
- Loss of body hair, muscle mass, and strength
- Low energy, increased fatigue
- Increased body fat
- Enlarged breasts
Pellet therapy takes between two to four weeks to be effective and needs to be repeated about every four to six months to maintain the blood levels. Click here to see FAQ's for men.
How does bioidentical hormone therapy help women?
Bioidentical hormone therapy can help with low sex drive, low energy, worse PMS, peri-menopause and menopause.
Menopause causes a woman’s body to decrease the amount of estrogen and progesterone it produces, causing your menstrual periods to stop. However, it can also lead to uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes and sweating
- Vaginal dryness and painful sex
- Mood swings
- Sleep problems
- Decreased libido
Bio-identical hormones are usually made from plant-based products. While you are on bio-identical hormone therapy, it's important to see your doctor at Pasadena Pellet Therapy as needed. You should also refrain from smoking, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise regularly.
Over one million women — 40% of all prescriptions for hormone therapy in women who are in menopause — use bio-identical hormone therapy.
It takes a few days pellet therapy to become effective. Optimum results take about three weeks and reinsertion is usually about every three to four months. Click here for FAQ's for women.
The doctors at Pasadena Pellet Therapy, in Pasadena, California, can provide bio-identical hormone therapy in the form of pellets placed under the skin to assist with many hormonally related symptoms experienced by men and women. If you’re experiencing health problems related to a hormonal imbalance or deficiency, call or make an appointment online today.