Bioidentical (also known as Bioequivalent) hormone pellets contain either estradiol or testosterone and are inserted under the skin in the abdomen or the upper buttocks under local anesthesia.
This type of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is one of the most effective and natural forms of hormone replacement available. Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources such as soy and are compounded to be biologically equivalent to human estradiol and testosterone.
These hormone pellets are near the size of a grain of rice and have a continual release of the natural hormones over a period of 4-6 weeks. Appropriate blood testing is performed prior to insertion to determine the dosages best suited for each individual.
Bioidentical hormones are safer and react differently in body tissues than do the “synthetic or chemical developed substitutes (such as those used in the Womens Health Initiative Trial)”. Synthetic substitutes are found in progestins, birth control pills, or purified animal urine sources which have very different tissue effects and may result in increased clotting risks, heart attack, and stroke risks.
Of the many various forms of hormone replacement, bioidentical pellets offer better long term stable hormone levels. This stability provides a better effect in reducing vaginal dryness, headaches, decreases fat mass, anxiety, depression; and restores normal sleep patterns. This form of therapy improves: memory, concentration, bone mineral density (reducing fracture risk), performance, libido, and muscle strength. Other improvements include: a superior relief of menopausal symptoms, and thickens urethral and vaginal tissues.
Hormone pellets can be very effective in treating PMS and post partum depression.
Hormone pellets have been used in the U.S.A. since the early 1930s and are commonly used in Australia and throughout Europe. They are highly successful in treating Menopause and Andropause (the male equivalent to menopause in women) and occurs as men grow older and no longer produce enough hormones to meet their usual needs. Bio-Identical testosterone has been shown to decrease the risk of breast cancer in women. In men, testosterone replacement combined with another medication will reduce the male body’s conversion to estrogens and thus reduces their risk of male breast and prostate enlargement.
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