Bioidentical Hormones… The Facts!
Hormones decline as we age causing numerous effects on our bodies and minds. Bioidentical Hormones are the same at the molecular level as the hormones present in the human body.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Thanks to one of the miracles of genetic engineering, it is possible to create biologically identical hormones that can be used to restore natural and normal hormone levels. This type of therapy treats some of the most common side effects of a hormonal imbalance. This makes them unlike synthetic hormones which are intentionally made to be different. That’s because drug companies can’t patent a Bioidentical structure to make it exclusively theirs, so they invent synthetic hormones that are patentable (Premarin, Prempro, and Provera being the most widely used examples).
Bioidentical hormone therapy is often called “natural hormone therapy” because Bioidentical hormones act in the body just like the hormones we produce. JoyRich Health Care Centers offers Bioidentical Hormones as a preventive medical approach to dealing with the suffering and effects caused by menopause and andropause. While no two patients are the same, we closely monitor your levels as before, during and after you treatments to ensure optimum levels for your health.
How do Bioidentical Hormones work?
Before starting Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, we start with a simple blood test that is extensively analyzed in a lab to show what deficiencies (if any) you may have. As no two people are the same, this blood test will reveal the best coarse of action for each individual patient. Some of the common imbalances identified through testing include estrogen dominance, estrogen deficiency, progesterone deficiency, androgen (testosterone and DHEA) excess or deficiencies, adrenal dysfunction and adrenal fatigue.While numerous studies are in the works involving Bioidentical Hormones, at JoyRich Health Care Centers, we use Bioidentical Hormones because want to prescribe the safest hormones to our patients who want to be treated.”
What benefits can you expect from Bioidentical Hormones?
For some people, they compare it to a veil being lifted. Colors are brighter, moods are lighter and simply put… they feel MUCH better!
Within a day or two many of our clients are simply amazed at the difference they feel once they start this therapy. While that in itself is a great reward, we constantly review your levels to make sure you are maintaining a safe, effective treatment.
What are the benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy? (BHRT)
Here is a list off some of the advantages of Bioidentical Hormones.
- Protection against bone loss
- Protection against increasing blood cholesterol
- Protection against high blood pressure
- Protection against breast cancer
- Protection against cognitive decline
- Increased sex drive and sensual vitality
- Protection against prolapse of the uterus and bladder
- Increased resistance to infection
- Increase in immune system functioning
- Increase in muscle tone and strength
- Increase in memory and cognitive functioning
- Increase passion for life
- Decrease or eliminate Hot Flashes
- and more.
Those who ask “What is Hormone Therapy”, should consult their Primary Care Facility to understand the benefits of such a program. JoyRich Health Care Centers IS a Primary Care Center and BEYOND!
Before starting our hormone replenishment program we will utilize extensive laboratory testing along with a detailed health history to assess what hormones to recommend. Our methods of replenishment are creams, pellets, injections and capsules. After reviewing your labs with the nurse practitioner you will discuss which method is best for you.
Creams: Are compounded specifically for each patient. They are usually applied twice daily and absorbed into the skin. This method of delivery is a slower process and your results may vary due to absorption rate and compliance with applying the creams.
Pellets: Pellets are made up of either estradiol or testosterone. The hormones are pressed or fused into very small solid cylinders. These pellets are larger than a grain of rice and smaller than a ‘Tick Tac’. In the United States, the majority of pellets are made by compounding pharmacists and delivered in sterile glass vials. There is a ‘FDA approved’ 75 mg testosterone pellet. Pellets have been used in both men and women since the late 1930’s. The insertion of pellets is a simple, relatively painless procedure done under local anesthesia. The pellets are usually inserted in the upper buttocks through a small incision, which is then taped. After the insertion of the implants, vigorous physical activity is avoided for 48 hours in women and up to 5 to 7 days in men. Early physical activity is a cause of “extrusion”, which is a pellet working its way out. Complications from the insertion of pellets can include; minor bleeding or bruising, discoloration of the skin, infection, and the possible extrusion of the pellet. Other than slight bruising, or discoloration of the skin, these complications are very rare.
Testosterone stimulates the bone marrow and increases the production of red blood cells. A low testosterone level in older men can be associated with anemia. Testosterone, delivered by implants or other methods, can cause an elevation in the red blood cells. If the hemoglobin and hematocrit (blood count) get too high, a unit of blood may be donated. Testosterone may cause a slight increase in facial hair, deeper voices, and acne in some women.
Injections: Intramuscular testosterone has been used for years due to its effectiveness and low cost. Testosterone suspended in grape seed oil is injected directly into the muscle usually once a week or every two weeks. Your body slowly absorbs the testosterone into the bloodstream. Intramuscular testosterone injections are deep and may produce pain, site reactions, or severe itching.
Capsules: Progesterone Capsules are available in multiple strengths to afford dosage flexibility for optimum management. Progesterone Capsules contain 50 mg, 100 mg or 200 mg micronized progesterone and are usually taken one to two hours before bedtime.
At JoyRich Health Care Centers, We provide primary care to all patients in an ethical, high quality and compassionate way. We go above and beyond to understand each patients individual needs.
If you are looking for a Primary Care Center that not only answers the question
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