What is a Bioidentical Hormone?
Bioidentical Hormones are hormones of the exact molecular or chemical structure of natural human hormones.
How are Bioidentical Hormones different from more traditional hormones?
Most traditionally used, mainstream hormones are derived either from animals (often horses) or chemically. Most pharmaceuticals actually want to create a difference between their hormones and human hormones because it enables them to file a patent. These differences may seem small, but animal or chemical-derived hormones are not properly recognized by the human body. Bioidentical hormones are molecularly identical to natural human hormones.
How are Bioidentical Hormones administered?
Bioidentical hormones are most commonly administered during hormone replacement therapy via “pellets”—small discs or cylinders that are placed under the skin during a simple, painless office procedure. During Pellet Therapy, these pellets dissolve slowly and therefore yield a stable, steady hormone level for up to six months at a time. Otherwise, creams or gels may be used to administer the hormone therapy. Generally, these therapies are administered twice daily.
What is a Hormone Pellet?
Hormone Pellets are small, cylinder shaped hormone preparations. They are generally smaller than a grain of rice and contain only 100% hormone. These pellets are hand made by a compounding pharmacy.
How is a Hormone Pellet different from any other form of hormone therapy?
Because they produce a consistent, high, and steady level of hormone delivery over a lengthy period of time, hormone pellets are quite unique. Most other methods produce hills and valleys in hormone distribution—or a “roller coaster” effect. Pellet therapy is steady and, therefore, superior.
What are the side effects of Hormone Therapy, if there are any?
When it comes to Bioidentical hormone therapy, there are no long term or permanent side effects. Your physician will, of course, discuss any potential side effects thoroughly with you during your consultation. In general, any side effects will be mild and temporary.
How long until hormone therapy starts to work?
Generally, it will take anywhere between 2-3 for women and 4-6 weeks for men to begin seeing the results of hormone therapy. However, this will vary on a patient-to-patient basis. Some patients will notice a complete relief of their symptoms, while others may go through a period of adjustment.
How often will I need to come in for Hormone Therapy?
Most patients will need to be in contact every 3-6 weeks for monitoring of goals—at least at first. Some of this may be accomplished over the telephone, and once the patient has sufficiently adjusted to the hormone therapy, follow-ups are required only once every four to six months.
How will hormone therapy interact with my other health problems or medications?
Your healthcare professional will, of course, discuss any interactions with your quite thoroughly. Generally, however, there are very few interactions between commonly prescribed drugs and hormones. Additionally, most health problems do not preclude treatment from Bioidentical hormone therapy.
Will Bioidentical Hormone Therapy cause changes in my weight?
The short answer is no. Bioidentical hormone therapy will not cause you to gain weight. In fact, Bioidentical Hormone Therapy returns your body’s anabolic abilities to the range it was in when you were younger—meaning that, when combined with diet and exercise, it may actually be easier to lose weight.
Individual results may vary.