As we age, certain hormonal systems start to become unbalanced. These imbalances cause us to age, age quicker than normal or appear older than we are. Hormonal imbalances can affect men as well as women. More recent therapies offer ways to decrease the effects of aging and slow the disease processes associated with aging. More energy, better quality sleep and overall feeling of wellness can be achieved by addressing the issues of hormone imbalances.
Symptoms of Lower Hormone Levels
Hormone production and nutritional needs in individuals can change at any age. Stressors in life can impact our physical, mental, and emotional states. These same stressors can also wear on our environmental health and make demands on our hormonal system.
Symptoms of an imbalance may include:
Decrease or loss of immune system responses, slow or incomplete healing after a sprain, strain or related musculoskeletal injury, muscle aches, loss of bone density, blood pressure changes, increased blood sugar levels, constipation and an overall feeling that you “just don’t feel right” can all be symptoms of hormone imbalance.
When approaching hormonal balance and wellness, we recognize that male and female sex hormones, thyroid function, insulin production, and adrenal stress can all play a role when it comes to an imbalance of the entire hormonal system. The interrelation of hormones means that the over or under production of any hormone can adversely affect another hormone level or effectiveness.
Our management of these symptoms uses a full body medical approach. The use of pharmaceutical grade supplements and physician prescriptions allow the body to re-pattern and supply the elements necessary to balance the system according to the test findings.
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones
Bioidentical hormones are prescribed if indicated. Treatment plans include lifestyle changes regarding nutrition, weight management, physical activity and stress management. Making these adjustments assists the body in healing and repair. Ultimately this allows the individual to be responsible for their health. The treatments used are scientifically based and validated in current medical literature.
Bioidentical hormones are plant-based hormones with a chemical structure identical to human hormones produced by the body. Men and women have the same hormones but are differently proportioned by gender. Using bioidentical hormones allows individualization of dosage to meet the needs of the body at the lowest possible dosage.
A comprehensive metabolic and endocrine evaluation is done to address concerns and symptoms while taking into consideration medical conditions, current medications and supplements. Saliva testing may be used to evaluate current hormone levels and body demands. Saliva testing provides information regarding the hormones available at a cellular level versus what is in the blood levels. Blood testing may be indicated for further evaluation.
The goal of treatment is to provide support for individuals to achieve and sustain optimal health, and the highest level of function possible.
There are potential advantages over conventional hormones replacement therapy. Our emphasis on transdermal (through the skin) and sublingual administration (under the tongue) gives maximal results with minimal dosing. Progesterone may work differently in the body than medroxyprogesterone acetate (Provera). Individually compounded doses are prescribed rather than “one dose fits all” approach. The inclusion of estriol may be protective against hormone-induced cancer. By optimizing your hormones and nutrition, we are also able to more effectively heal your body when doing regenerative injections like Prolotherapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma.
Pellet Therapy uses hormones derived from natural plant sources to replicate the body’s normal hormonal levels. Patients have found that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants is extremely effective. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones providing optimal therapy.
Unlike typical oral and transdermal forms of therapy – which produce “roller coaster” hormone levels, resulting in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient. Pellet Therapy, is the only method of hormone therapy that provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day, for up to 3 months for women and 4 months for men, without any “roller coaster” effect. Because the hormones used are completely natural. Pellet Therapy is ideal for patients wanting the benefits of a natural hormone, without the drawbacks of a synthetic.
Pellets contain a natural plant source of estrogen and testosterone. A compounding pharmacist, using strict federal guidelines, compounds the estrogen and testosterone utilized in the pellets. These pellets, which are smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin and most closely mimic the actions of healthy ovaries and testicles with regards to hormone release into the bloodstream.
The hormone pellet implantation procedure is easily performed in the office.
In studies, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellets have been shown to be extremely effective for relief of menopausal symptoms, maintenance of bone density, restoration of sleep patterns, and improvement in sex drive, libido, sexual response and performance, relief of depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, and many others. Pellet implants have been used to treat migraine and menstrual headaches. It also helps with vaginal dryness, incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency, to name a few. Moreover, hundreds of studies show natural testosterone to be HIGHLY PREVENTATIVE against breast cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s dementia, to name a few.
Testosterone levels begin to decline in men beginning in their early 30’s. Most men need to be tested around 45 years of age. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men include fatigue, lack of mental acuity, loss of libido, and difficulty achieving, or sustaining erection. It is never too late to benefit from hormone therapy. Pellet Therapy achieves the sustained levels of testosterone that would be produced by normally functioning testicles. This form of therapy is the only kind that produces the natural level of hormone that men need. Because the testosterone used is totally natural, Pellet Therapy is ideal for men wanting the benefits of a natural hormone, without the drawbacks of a synthetic.
Moreover, many studies show optimal testosterone level have preventative effects for many disease states such as:
Pellets Therapy is not covered by insurance.