Bio-identical Hormone Therapy

Pasadena Pellet Therapy

OB/GYNs located in Pasadena, CA

To control many functions of your body, various glands release hormones that work as messengers. Many conditions can be treated with synthetic hormones, and the most effective treatments involve the use of bio-identical hormones, which are the same chemicals produced in the body. 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.

Bio-identical Hormone Therapy Q & A

Pasadena Pellet Therapy

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:

  • Estriol
  • Estrone
  • Estradiol
  • Testosterone
  • Progesterone
  • 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.

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 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 leads to a decrease 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.

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 also leads 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 regularly. 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.

If you believe you could benefit from bio-identical hormone therapy, call or make an appointment online today at Pasadena Pellet Therapy in Pasadena, California.