Pellet Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement is very much different than the traditional methods of replacing diminishing hormones. Hormones can be increased somewhat by creams that are applied to the chest, arms or medial thighs. Testosterone injections are administered usually every 7 to 10 days. Estrogen can be used orally or as patch.
Each of these has their inherent problems. None of the above delivery systems can get the hormone levels as high as pellet hormone replacement therapy and keep the hormones levels where they should be for more than a few hours. This is what gives the roller-coaster effect of most hormone replacement therapies. The creams do not get hormone levels high enough. Injections hurt and are a hassle. Blood clotting factors are changes when estrogen in any form is taken orally.
Pellet Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an ideal delivery system because you are seen only every 3 months. Your blood levels help the doctor to adjust the dosage administered because the blood levels are relative constant for months. Because pellet hormones are used the chances of blood clots are greatly decreased. Because bio-identical hormones are used the chance of breast cancer is much less.
Hormones control every system of the body. The list includes:
• Regulate heartbeat • Fights stress • Regulates breathing • Prevents fatigue • Helps sleep • Helps alleviate anxiety • Controls blood pressure • Reduces stress • Builds bones • Helps keep memories • Builds muscles • Resists allergic reactions • Lubricates joints • Helps prevent infection • Regulates growth • Helps relieve pain • Regulates heat and energy • Increases sex drive • Helps burn fat • Increases fertility • Regulates menstrual cycle • Increases virility • Helps to allow pregnancy • Stimulates the brain • Fights cancer • Stimulates the immune system
Hormone replacement aids in prevention of disease instead of curing a disease. Most diseases…..heart attacks, strokes, arthritis, loss of sex drive, obesity, breast and cervical cancers, fatigue, poor sleep…..occur after age 40. Most of us after age 40 begin to see signs of a decrease in hormones.
The blood work to determine hormone deficiency may include Estradiol, Testosterone, FSH (follicular stimulating hormone), TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), Progesterone, CBC, and B12 and PSA in men. Lab results do not reflect what really is “normal”. A man’s testosterone may show 375 ng and he is told he is well within the normal range for his age. But when he was 22 his testosterone was 1000 to 1200. Men by age 70 have 10% of the testosterone they had in their youth.
Testosterone in a normally functioning female at age 20 is usually 60NG to 80NG. By the time she is 50 years old testosterone may be 10 or lower. Estrogen performs 400 vital functions in a woman’s body. How can she lose 90% of her natural estrogen and testosterone and 98% of her progesterone and be expected to happy and healthy?
You do not have to “just live with it”. You can do something about your hormone deficiency.
Women’s Hormones Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH page 5
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