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BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES

Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy is designed for one's body to help with hormonal imbalances or those who don't make enough hormones naturally.

Why use pellet hormone therpay?

Anti-Aging Hormone Therapy has been used since the late 1930s and is often considered one of the most natural ways to deliver hormones to the body. The hormones are identical to the body’s own both structurally and biologically. Because the body does the work on its own once the sterile pellet is inserted, this increases compliance because patients do not have to remember to take a pill, give an injection, or apply a cream each day.


WHAT IS HORMONE TESTING?

To help doctors understand what is best for their patients, many use hormone testing to try to identify hormone imbalances. Hormone levels can be tested through blood, urine, or saliva samples. However, since hormone levels in the human body vary by day and even by hour, the best indicator of whether a compounded hormone is working well is relief of symptoms, not measured hormone levels in urine, saliva, or blood.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can be used to treat hormone deficiencies and imbalances in men and women. The human body produces hormones that regulate almost all of the systems and functions within. These include estrogen, estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone among many others. Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to those the body naturally produces. For years, synthetic hormones were used to treat hormone therapy however, patients were at greater risk of developing blood clots, gallbladder disease, heart disease, breast cancer, and stroke. After these results were made public, many men and women were concerned about the safety of synthetic hormones and instead turned to other treatments like bioidentical hormone therapy with the use of compounded bioidentical hormones pellets.

Why are bioidentical hormones used?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is used when hormone levels in the body are no longer where they need to be to promote a healthy, active, thriving life. Typically, this is in postmenopausal women whose bodies have stopped producing ideal hormone levels themselves. Women can find relief from many symptoms related to hormone imbalance through bioidentical hormone therapy. Men seeking to restore hormone balance and reduce the effects of aging can achieve their goals with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Optimal hormone supplementation can also prevent many of the symptoms of aging and renew a more youthful state with greater resilience. 

What can bioidentical hormones help with?

Men and women seeking relief from the following symptoms may be an excellent candidate for hormone therapy using bioidentical hormones:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Lower energy
  • Increases in weight
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Gynecomastia
  • Unclear thinking
  • Painful sex
  • Urinary Problems
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Changes in mood
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle loss
  • Memory loss

Many of these health issues are related to menopausal symptoms. Though men can experience an imbalance of any number of hormones, low testosterone has the biggest impact when it comes to men’s health. Quality of life can be drastically improved with FDA approved bioidentical hormone treatments for many patients.

How are bioidentical hormones given?

Bioidentical hormones may be given in a number of different ways. These include patches, gels, creams, shots, and pellets. Pellets are a convenient way to administer the correct amount of compounded hormone without patients needing to remember to take pills or apply substances. They released a controlled amount of hormones bioidentical to those naturally produced in the body without the increased risk of synthetic hormones.

The simple office procedure starts with a small local anesthetic injection in the insertion area, then a tiny incision is made in the skin. A tiny trocar device is inserted beneath the skin into the subcutaneous layer of the epidermis. Pellets composed of compounded products (FDA approved hormone combinations) are placed into this trocar device after which Dr. Dima Ali will close the tiny incision site with a steri strip. No stitches are necessary after the procedure because the incision is so miniscule.

Do bioidentical hormones really work?

Many men and women have reported that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has significantly improved the side effects of hormone imbalance in their lives. They have seen a reduction in hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and many other symptoms related to low hormone production in their bodies. They are comforted knowing commercially available estradiol,  progesterone, and testosterone  do not have the same reported side effects and risks as treatment with synthetic hormone therapies.

Because custom compounded hormones have not been studied to know whether the active ingredients can be absorbed appropriately, they are typically reserved for patients who have a known allergy to one of the components of compounded bioidentical hormones approved by the FDA.

In rare cases such as these, custom made compounded hormones from a compounding pharmacy are a viable option for men and women’s health. Compounded bioidentical hormone therapy is another effective way to combat the effects of aging along with a healthy diet and exercise.

What are the side effects of bioidentical hormones?

Although bioidentical hormones are believed to be safer and do not have the same reported risk as estrogen, estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone developed in a synthetic manner, they can still pose a safety risk.

Dr. Dima Ali  will monitor your reaction to the bioidentical hormones and decide if the dosage needs to be changed based on your symptoms. Reactions may include mild fluid retention, acne and/or oily skin and (unwanted) hair growth.  There may be some itching or redness around the application area but this should subside within a few days.

For many men and women, replacing deficient hormones allows them to face life without a decrease in quality due to deteriorating appearance and function. It enables them to boost their vigorous health by renewing youth through the use of specific hormones best suited for the body’s many complicated systems.

 

Other helpful anti-aging supplements

The effectiveness of bioidential hormone supplementation can be altered if you have certain elemental deficiencies.   Iodine deficiency is one example.  Iodine is essential for proper cell absorption of testosterone.  Iodine is part of your anti-aging regimen at WellMedica.

Other supplements include Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Glutathione and NAD+.  Dr. Dima administers these by injection and they are an essential part of your overall wellness plan.

 

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