With age, our hormone levels naturally begin to decrease, a significant factor in the aging process. The human body does not function at an optimal level without adequate hormone balance. At some point, in the lives of both men and women, the endocrine glands fail to maintain adequate hormone levels, and the older we get, the more depleted our hormones become. It is at this point that replacing those hormones becomes desirable and leads to a happier, healthier life. The key to safe and effective hormone replacement therapy is to use bio-identical hormones and to administer them in as physiologic a manner as possible. The body cannot metabolize non bioidentical hormones in a normal manner; therefore, they persist in the body and exert an abnormal effect which can lead to medical problems.
The most common type of HRT is oral medication. Should you choose this option, Dr. Pate will determine which type of medication you need—whether estrogen alone, or combined with progesterone—as well as the amount and schedule of dosage.
Transdermal Patches And Creams
Skin patches and creams deliver hormones through the skin directly into the bloodstream. They may be prescribed for specific symptoms related to menopause.
Sub-Dermal Treatment (Pellet Therapy)
The relatively new choice of sub-dermal pellet therapy is proving to be extremely effective, with about 98% of patients responding favorably and enjoying benefits that may include:
Bio-identical simply means that the hormone is exactly the same molecule as that which is naturally made by your body. This is important because your body recognizes it as such and can metabolize it normally. The term “bio-identical” does not indicate the source of the hormone, but rather indicates that the molecular structure of the replacement hormone is identical to that of the hormone naturally found in the human body. Bio-identical hormones are made by processing of hormone precursors found in plant sources, usually soy and yams.
When one becomes deficient in any hormone, it is optimal to replace it. Generally women will become deficient in progesterone and/or testosterone in their late 30′s to early 40′s. A lack of estrogen usually doesn’t occur until shortly before or at the menopause (average age of 51). Replacing all three hormones after the menopause is usually necessary for optimal hormone balance.
Take a look at these HRT studies and articles that may help identify the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy and disprove various false claims made concerning potential health risks.
There are hundreds of studies available to practitioners with regards to pellet hormone therapy, unfortunately most do not know where to find them or do not take the time to research the studies. The following are a few we have compiled.