Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone therapy is a term used to described the balancing of hormones which is individualized according to the patient's symptoms and prior hormone responses as well as taking into consideration prior medical history and previous side-effects with other medications. While bioidentical hormone therapy is not considered FDA-approved, the components used in the creams ARE FDA-approved. Many patients seek alternatives to traditional hormone replacement due to the known risks and side-effects. While no type of hormone therapy is considered risk-free, most patients are able to enjoy improvement in symptoms while reducing risks in a carefully-monitored approach.
There are many types of bioidentical hormone replacement. These may include capsules, troches, lozenges, creams, gels, patches and subcutaneous pellets. The subcutaneous pellets used in our office are BioTE Medical® hormone pellet therapy.
Is using the BioTE Medical® Method for hormone pellet therapy the best choice for natural hormone replacement therapy?
BioTE Medical® Method for subcutaneous hormone pellet therapy is a highly effective form of BHRT. This unique treatment method is based on prescribing the right kind of hormone, in the correct amounts, using the right delivery system. Dr. Strobel is one of the nation's most experienced providers in using the BioTE Medical® Method. Her staff, Susan Lee Fisher, PA-C, and Brooke Norch, PA-C, are also experienced BioTE Medical® Trained Providers who offer this innovative, time-proven method of bioidentical hormone therapy. BioTE Medical® in a word is balance. Hormonal balance is key to your well-being and is a delicate thing to achieve. Other hormone replacement therapies rarely accomplish or maintain the hormonal equilibrium your body depends on for optimum health. With BioTE Medical®, your body can return to normal hormonal balance.
Bioidentical hormones are natural, plant-derived compounds that have the same molecular structure as those made by the human body. Unlike synthetics, our bodies can readily recognize and metabolize them. It may surprise you to know that bioidentical pellets have been used successfully by patients throughout Europe, Japan and the United States since the 1930’s. Study after study has shown that, when prescribed and administered correctly, bioidentical pellets can benefit a variety of conditions including depression, weight gain and osteoporosis.
Although there are other bioidentical delivery methods available (i.e., the creams, pills, injections and even micronized capsules), many times these methods cannot provide a steady stream of hormone in your bloodstream 24/7. That means you are still subject to a roller coaster ride of hormone levels. And even through patches do provide a constant stream of hormones, they have to be changed often and do not contain all of the necessary hormone components.
Are you a candidate for hormone pellet therapy?
Symptoms of hormone imbalance vary widely from person to person but may include fatigue, weight gain, altered sense of well-being, increase in sweating, joint pain, sleep problems, irritability, nervousness, depressed mood, exhaustion, declining mental ability or decreased focus, and feeling you have "passed your peak".
Females may also describe hot flashes, vaginal dryness (or even painful intercourse), little or no sex drive (libido), mood swings/depression/anxiety, night sweats, weight gain and sleeplessness. Low testosterone levels alone (even 10-15 years BEFORE menopause) can cause fatigue, mood swings, irritability, memory problems, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, low libido and decreased muscle strength. Click on the link above or here to take the female hormone quiz.
Males may also complain of new onset migraine headaches, erectile dysfunction, decreased muscle strength, shrinking testicles, breast development, rapid hair loss, decreased facial hair or beard growth, decreased ejaculation, no results with ED medications and decreased or absent morning erections (upon waking). Click on the link above or here to take the male hormone quiz.
Call the office today to schedule a hormone evaluation appointment with Dr. Strobel or one of her physician assistants, Lee Fisher, PA-C, or Brooke Lipscomb, PA-C today.