Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
As we age hormones that are essential for disease prevention and quality life are diminished. Stated another way, as our hormone levels fall off, aging accelerates.
The critical hormones that become depleted in women include:
- Testosterone (women require 1/10 as much as men)
For men the critical hormones that are lost with age include:
At Bailey Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Centre’ (BCSVC) we use Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) to optimize hormone levels. BHRT have the exact same chemical structure as our own hormones. In other words, they have not been chemically altered to allow for patenting. It is the alteration in the chemical structure that leads to the risk of long-term problems such as cancer, blood clots, and heart attacks. Optimizing hormone levels has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and also breast cancer in women.
By maintaining a healthy and balanced level of hormones you can continue to have an improved lifestyle with more energy, vigor, and a lower risk of disease.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BCSVC:
During your visit, you will answer a questionnaire and have blood work done. The consultation itself is complementary. Another appointment is scheduled in 2 weeks to review the laboratory results and go over a plan. The pellets are inserted under local anesthesia. There are no stitches, and you can remove the bandage in a couple of days. Pellets are placed just under the skin in the soft tissue of the buttocks. Symptom improvement generally takes 2-3 weeks. Additional lab monitoring is fairly infrequent. Usually the first follow-up visit is in 4 weeks.
Symptoms of hormone depletion in women include:
- Hot flashes
- Difficulty sleeping
- Depressive mood
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Diminished thickness and fullness of scalp hair
- Diminished bone density
- Recurrent urinary tract infection
- Other bladder symptoms
- Diminished sexual desire (libido), activity and satisfaction
- Joint and muscle pain
- Irritability and anxiety
Symptoms of hormone depletion in men include:
- Diminished sexual desire and performance
- Loss of morning erections
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
We are currently treating women as young as 30 and as old as late 70’s. Some women have had hysterectomies or uterine ablation. Others are perimenopausal or postmenopausal. Some of them have been on synthetic hormones such as Premarin and have been concerned about the health effects. Most do not realize that testosterone is extremely important. Previously, physicians used BHRT in gel and cream form. Although this approach provided hormones that are chemically identical to our own, the results from the creams and gels were inadequate. At BCSVS, we use Bioidentical Hormone pellets that are slightly larger than a grain of rice. These are inserted under the skin, and they provide a constant blood level for 3-4 months. The process is then repeated. We have found that this is the most efficient way to optimize estrogen and testosterone levels.
Approximately 40% of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone. As with women, we have found that the most efficient way to restore testosterone levels is with pellets that need to be replaced 2-3 times each year. The goal is to restore testosterone to levels that a man would have in his 20’s. It has been proven that when testosterone is optimized to a healthy level, aging symptoms improve Also, the risk of diabetes and heart disease markedly decrease. Testosterone will also improve energy, libido, quality of erections, and decrease body fat. Going further, it is also known to combat minor depression, increase bone density, and improve muscle mass.
“I was at a point where at 3:00 it felt like someone had pulled my plug, and I was done for the day. After starting treatment, my energy level has improved immensely! I no longer feel run down or have afternoon loom and gloom. And at night, I am able to stay asleep longer. I have also noticed a huge increase in my libido. Before I had trouble concentrating for long periods of time and forgetting things easily, but I have seen big improvement in my mental clarity. My overall well-being is so much better!” -Sheri, 58
“I had a mental fog, anxiety, fatigue, night sweats, and no sexual desire. Now I can focus with clarity, my mood is enhanced, the night sweats are gone, and my libido is back! I feel the best I have in years thanks to the testosterone pellet.” – Tonya, 43
“Before starting bioidentical hormones, I was constantly tired, my mind felt groggy, and I had absolutely no energy. After seeing my low levels of testosterone and progesterone, Dr. Bailey and I developed a treatment plan, and I saw results within a week. I am sleeping better, my mood improved, I have mental clarity, and I have increased energy and libido! I cannot thank Dr. Bailey and his staff enough for giving me back my old self!” – Rebecca, 31