Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the use of hormones that are identical on a molecular level with endogenous hormones ( the ones naturally made in the body). This is similar to the hormones naturally produced by the body when we were in our prime. They are non-synthetic, vegan friendly, using all-natural ingredients bio-engineered by our compounding pharmacy. Because of this, they are safer and do not create the side effects often associated with synthetic versions of hormones prescribed. This is a great alternative to other forms of hormone replacement therapies.
Both men and women produce testosterone, it is vital for libido (sex drive), energy, and maintaining muscle. Men produce most of their testosterone in their testicles and a lesser amount from the adrenal glands, while women produce testosterone in the ovaries and also adrenal glands. Natural testosterone in pellet form is less likely to cause problems such as acne, facial hair and hair loss.
In men, testosterone can convert to estrogen, which may cause side effects such as water retention, anxiety or irritability. Men with high conversion levels of testosterone to estrogen will be given Anastrozole to reduce the levels of estrogen and make more of the testosterone bio-available.
Estrogen is the female hormone. It makes you feel more sensual. It brings a glow to the skin, helping with the turgor and moisture. It keeps the vagina lubricated, fullness to the breasts, and clarity to the mind. It uplifts and stabilizes your mood and will help protect the bones against osteoporosis.
Common signs of estrogen deficiency:
Progesterone is a natural relaxer, it is vital to a woman’s well-being and helps balance the estrogen. If progesterone levels are too low in relation to estrogen a woman will experience sleep disturbances, irritability, anxiety, weight gain, breast swelling and tenderness, bloating, sweating, and loss of libido. If you have a uterus, progesterone is also essential to protect against unopposed estrogen exposure which could put you at risk for uterine cancer. If estrogen is taken without progesterone to balance it, a woman will experience bleeding. It is essential to use progesterone any time you use estrogen if you have a uterus. Even with a prior hysterectomy, progesterone will provide balance, and is recommended.
Benefits of progesterone:
Pre-op Pellet Therapy Instructions:
Post-Op Pellet Therapy Instructions:
Avoid for 5 days:
Our pellets are sourced from an experienced compounding pharmacy under FDA oversight following cGMP procedures with equipment that allows for consistent potency, hardness, and sterility. Digital depth measurement and pneumatic pressure are utilized to guarantee pellet uniformity. Both pellet weight and hardness criteria are tested throughout the manufacturing process.
Next, the pellets are packaged in glass vials designed to maintain sterility and prevent breakage during shipping. Each vial is safety sealed so office staff can easily determine if a vial has been opened and sterility compromised.
The pellets have been sterilized using e-beam radiation. We believe this is the most effective and reliable way to achieve sterilization. The last step in the process is third-party testing. Lots are tested for sterility. Each lot is also tested for potency and presence of endotoxins. This ensures that each pellet implanted is the dose your practitioner recommends for you.
Hormone pellets are surgically implanted into the patient for HRT. The pellets are tiny cylinders that are inserted into a numbed area of subcutaneous fat, typically in the hip or the abdomen. This dosage form is very physiologic in that it closely mimics how your body releases hormones. The pellets can last 3-6 months, depending on the patient.
Pellets can be made using estradiol or testosterone. Dosing is determined by your physician based on lab results, medical history, and reported symptoms.
As we age, hormone levels will decline. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the replacement of hormones in menopausal women and andropausal men. Our physicians believe that you deserve individualized healthcare and understand that one size does not fit all. You will receive hormone doses specifically for you, in a dosage form that fits your body and your lifestyle.
Call (843) 341-9715 to set-up a hormone replacement appointment to discuss your options.