Bioidentical Hormones 101
With age comes wisdom, but with age also come the symptoms of hormone imbalance.
For women these may include hot flashes, weight gain, PMS, mood swings, foggy memory, night sweats, depression, bone loss, fatigue, low libido and vaginal dryness.
For men, hormone imbalance brings erectile dysfunction, hair loss, muscle loss, low libido, fatigue, heart palpitations, insomnia, depression and anxiety.
Most patients have a combination of these and other symptoms. The severity can range from mildly annoying to debilitating.
But there is another option: bioidentical hormones.
How are bioidentical hormones different from synthetic hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are physiologically identical to the hormones our own bodies produce. The subcutaneous pellet implant is, in fact, one of the oldest and most researched hormone delivery methods in use.1 This approach to HRT most closely simulates the body’s own hormone delivery method in that it circulates physiologic amounts of hormone in the bloodstream around-the-clock.
Synthetic, or artificial, hormones are not biologically identical to human hormones. They are not natural to the system and some should be concerned about the known health complications associated with the regular use of synthetic HRT.
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones
There are many reasons why patients and hormone specialists prefer bioidentical hormones to synthetic.
- They are biologically identical to the hormones found in the human body and are metabolized in the exact same way as our body’s naturally-produced hormones. Even artificial hormones produced from “natural” sources (such as the urine of pregnant mares used in the manufacture of Premarin®) are not the same type of hormone found in the human body, and therefore are not metabolized in the same way.
- Bioidentical hormone dosages can be tailored to an individual’s needs, whereas synthetic hormones are often a one-size-fits-all approach.
- A large body of evidence and research has shown bioidentical hormones to be safe, although they should always be used under the care of a specially trained physician.
Where can I get bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
A SottoPelle® doctor specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help to determine whether the symptoms you are experiencing are caused by a hormone imbalance and, if so, develop an individualized treatment plan to get you back to feeling like yourself again.
SottoPelle® BHRT Pellet Experts
SottoPelle® has specialized in bioidentical hormone replacement using the pellet method longer than most. Our founder, Dr. Gino Tutera, developed the proprietary method that makes us a leader in our field. We have a long history of success when it comes to balancing hormones and helping people take control of their health. In fact, we are honored to say that, according to Ranking Arizona, an annual consumer publication by AZ Big Media, our patients have voted us Arizona’s #1 Hormone Therapy Clinic for two years in a row.
Call Us Today!
Consulting with an expert in SottoPelle’s science-based BHRT can go a long way in creating a healthier future for you. Discover what our remarkably simple, hassle-free method can do for you.
Learn more about SottoPelle® at www.sottopelletherapy.com and then give us a call at (877) 473-5538 to schedule a consultation.
1Greenblatt R. Indications for hormone pellets in the therapy of endocrine and gynaecological disorders. Am J Obstet-Gynecol 1949; 57:294-301. http://www.ajog.org/article/0002-9378(49)90429-9/abstract