What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
If you are interested in hormone replacement therapy, you might notice that some options, like SottoPelle, are referred to as “bioidentical hormone replacement therapy” (BHRT). This is different from traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) like pills, creams and injections.
What’s the difference between BHRT and HRT?
So, what sets BHRT apart from traditional HRT? BHRT and traditional HRT utilize different sources for hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses more “natural” sources like plant estrogens that perfectly match human hormones, whereas traditional hormone replacement therapy might use synthetic hormones that don’t match the hormones in our bodies. Sottopelle, for instance, is a plant-derived BHRT that functions by mimicking the body’s natural secretion – which is exactly what gets you feeling back to you. In other words, the plant-derived hormones in BHRT are “biologically identical” – or bio-identical – to what your body would naturally produce.
Why should I consider BHRT?
BHRT, like traditional hormone replacement therapy options, addresses changes in hormone levels in order to get them back to a “normal” state. Symptoms of hormonal changes can range from loss of libido, hot flashes, and mood changes to weight gain. By tackling these changes, BHRT can lead to increased energy and libido as well as improved cognition and mood. It’s also been shown to have benefits for bone density and cardiovascular health.
How is BHRT administered?
Pellets are a form of BHRT that are easy-to-use and low maintenance. First, basic lab work is completed in order to understand what combination might be right for you. Pellets can be customized to fit your exact needs and can include estrogen and/or testosterone.
Pellets are administered within the clinic and require little downtime. Patients will receive a local anesthetic injection, typically in the hip area. Once the area is numb, rice-sized pellets are inserted. Pellets require replacement every 4-6 months, which is less upkeep than other hormone replacement options. Unlike creams, pills and injections, pellets also provide a steady state of hormone secretion; alternatives or older methods tend to have highs and lows based on dosing.
If you think you might have a hormonal imbalance, contact Austin Urogynecology today. Our team is here to help you achieve a more balanced state and can help you better understand the variety of treatment options out there.
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