Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is administered in a variety of methods. From oral capsules to salves to pellets, there are many ways you can enjoy the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Your body produces 50 different types of hormones that control and regulate a number of extremely significant functions in your body. These functions include your metabolism, reproduction, sexual health, growth, and mood.
Insulin is an important hormone known as the “fat-storage” hormone. Insulin helps your organs absorb glucose. When your body doesn’t generate enough insulin, you can develop diabetes.
Estrogen (also known as the female sex hormone) is released in a woman’s ovaries. Estrogen helps the development of breasts, public hair, menstrual regulation, bone health, blood health, and the health of your nails and skin. Without enough estrogen, you could experience symptoms like depression, low libido, or weight gain.
Melatonin is commonly known as the sleep hormone. If you’re having issues falling asleep or staying asleep, you could have depleted melatonin levels.
Testosterone is commonly associated with your sex drive, but it also helps with muscle mass, bone density, and fat distribution. Low levels of testosterone can affect all of these areas and greatly impact your quality of life.
Cortisol is another important hormone that helps regulate stress. Consistently high cortisol levels result in a variety of negative symptoms like heart palpitations, irritability, brain fog, anxiety, and weight gain.
Many people at some point in their life experience hormonal imbalance issues. When your hormones are imbalanced, you can experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Hair loss
- Heart palpitations
- Mood swings
- Trouble concentrating
- Blood sugar issues
If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy might be right for you.
Although bioidentical hormones are man-made, they’re designed to have the same molecular structure as the hormones you naturally produce.
Bioidentical Hormones vs. Synthetic Hormones
Both bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones are created in laboratories. Bioidentical hormones are made from plant sources and match the hormones you naturally produce. Synthetic hormones are made from chemical compounds, and your body converts them into a usable form.
Types of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Some forms of BHRT include patches, pills, gels, creams, and injections. One of the most recent developments in the world of BHRT is pellets.
Hormone Pellet Therapy
With hormone pellet therapy, your medical provider places implants into your skin. These pellets can vary in size, but usually, they are about the size of a grain of rice. They are made from biodegradable materials which dissolve into your body over time.
Pellet Hormone Therapy vs. Other Therapies
Pellet therapy offers several benefits, including:
No Mood Swings or Energy Crashe
Hormone pellets release small, regular doses of your prescribed hormone into your body. The regularity of the dosage is one of the reasons why hormone pellets are so successful.
Other treatments, such as transdermal or oral hormone therapies, produce a roller coaster-like effect on the patient. When you take a hormone pill or apply a hormone gel or cream, your body receives a high level of hormones all of a sudden. Because the dosage was received all at once, you’re more likely to experience a sudden drop-off.
Many people who use transdermal or oral hormones complain about the extreme mood swings and energy fluctuations they can cause. Pellet therapy neutralizes these negative side effects by keeping the hormonal release measured and consistent.
Hormone pellets are user-friendly. Once your provider inserts them, you don’t have to do anything to maintain them until they dissolve, and you have to get more inserted.
Other forms of hormone replacement therapy, like pills or creams, can be hard to manage. For one thing, it can be easy to forget to take a pill or apply a cream, especially when you’re busy with other elements of life.
Higher Satisfaction Rate
One study examining hormone pellets vs. other therapies found that hormone pellets were highly rated on a consistent basis among patients.
The study found that 95% of hormone therapy patients using pellets were satisfied with their experience and results. That’s an almost perfect score, especially compared to the 75% of patients receiving injections and 62% of patients prescribed gels.
Hormone Pellet Therapy for Men
Hormone pellet therapy for men helps address symptoms of declining testosterone levels that typically plague middle-aged men. For the average man, hormone decline typically begins in his 40s, with the severe onset of symptoms in his 50s.
Some symptoms of falling hormone levels in men include:
- Weight gain
- Loss of stamina
- Loss of muscle mass
- Sleep issues
- Low (or no) libido and erectile dysfunction
These symptoms make life difficult for any person, but even worse, low testosterone levels in men are associated with:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Prostate cancer
- Other medical problems
Custom bioidentical testosterone pellets can significantly help relieve these symptoms and improve a man’s overall health.
Hormone Pellet Therapy for Women
Hormone pellet therapy for women can help address similar symptoms as the ones that present in men. Throughout many women’s lives, they experience changes in their hormones from a variety of causes like menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
Hormone therapy can help address declining levels of essential hormones like cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and insulin.
Are Hormone Therapy Pellets Right for You?
The best type of hormone therapy for you depends on one thing: You!
Your body, your symptoms, your health, your personal preference, and your treatment goals. When you meet with your health provider, they will be able to evaluate all of these and determine the best outcome to get you started on your hormone therapy journey.
At Glo & Sparkle Aesthetics and Medispa in Lubbock, TX, we are experts in natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy — and one of our favorite treatment methods is hormone pellets. Give us a call today for a free and confidential consultation to learn how we can help you start feeling better sooner.