Hormones are an integral part of the human body. To put it simply, hormones are chemical messengers of the body produced in the endocrine gland. Hormones are responsible for a multitude of processes, especially on metabolism and reproduction.
As we age, our hormone levels undergo fluctuations. Several of our hormones are responsible for the regulation of our other hormones. Effects of hormones trigger chain reactions throughout the human body. This is why aging is a very significant phase for everyone. Aging makes several endocrine tissues produce less than the usual hormones, or it may make them produce the same amount but at a slower rate.
Scientists have so far discovered that the amazing human body produces more than 50 different types of hormones. For example, the thyroid gland is responsible for hormones controlling metabolism, growth, maturation, and nervous system activity. Have you noticed that your metabolism slowed down when you stepped into your twenties?
Aging changes the thyroid gland into something nodular, and this results in erratic changes in your hormones. It may seem unnoticeable at first since even in aging, thyroid hormones are being produced and broken down at the same rate. But for people who are susceptible to thyroid problems, these thyroid hormone levels may rise and result in complicated diseases.
The same goes for our sex hormones. The ovaries and testes produce reproductive cells, but they also produce the sex hormones that are responsible for our secondary sex characteristics, which include breasts in females and facial hair.
Estrogen, known as the female sex hormone, handles the development of breasts in women, pubic hair, and elongation of women’s hips. But not only that – do you know that estrogen is also an important component in blood clotting, bone formation, and the health of both skin and nails?
Progesterone is a hormone produced in the ovaries. It accounts for preparing the uterus for fertilization, and stimulation of the mammary glands for milk production.
Testosterone, the male sex hormone, is a hormone found in both males and females. It handles the male sex drive, bone density, muscle mass, red blood cell production, and sperm production.
Now the thing is, aging affects the balance of these hormones in the human body. This is the reason why bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has gained so much popularity. It holds a promise to help women and men alike address the effects of aging.
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What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The idea of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy revolves around the main goal of helping women address the effects of menopause. Bioidentical hormones are compounds with precisely the same chemical and molecular structure as the hormones in the human body. These may be natural (not artificial), compounded, or plant-derived.
Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are the most common hormones aggression amanufactured as these play important roles in menopause. The whole idea of hormone replacement therapy aims to decrease the effects of menopause on women, especially in preventing bone loss and reducing the chance of fractures.
What are the basic types of HRT?
Hormone replacement therapy comes in various forms. Its goal is to replace estrogen in the body since estrogen is the most significantly decreased hormone during menopause.
Estrogen replacement therapy can come either in the form of systemic therapy or through low-dose vaginal products.
Systemic estrogen replacement therapy comes in the form of pills, patches, gels, topical creams, and vaginal rings.
Low-dose vaginal preparations of estrogen are also necessary and come in a cream, tablets, or ring form. The main purpose of these preparations is to cut the amount of estrogen absorbed by the body. This will address the vaginal and urinary symptoms of menopause.
Then we have the combination therapy – a therapy consisting of estrogen and progestin, the synthetic form of progesterone. This is for women going into menopause who have not previously undergone surgical procedures involving the removal of the uterus. Combination therapies are also used in birth control and come either in the form of pills or through intrauterine devices.
What are bioidentical hormone pellets
A novel way to deliver bioidentical hormones into the body was introduced through the use of pellets back in the 1930s. Its popularity plunged following the rise of synthetic oral hormone therapy.
Bioidentical hormone pellets are otherwise known as subdermal implants made up of hormones. The hormones are being packaged by compounding pharmacies inside very small cylinders. These pellets allow the constant delivery of the exact dosage of hormones for 3-4 months in women and 4-5 months in men. These pellets completely dissolve on their own after this period. There is no need for another incision as the cylinder doesn’t need removal.
How and where are these pellets implanted?
The procedure is fast, safe, and painless since it is being done under local anesthesia. The pellet is being inserted into an area of the body that has a relatively high amount of subcutaneous fat. Most often it is inserted into the lower abdomen or the “love handles”. At times there is a preference for insertion into the upper buttocks. The incision is then closed using a skin tape or a sterile strip.
It is very important to seek the advice of a trusted and reliable health provider in the determination of hormonal pellet dosage. Make sure you are at the right clinic where you have the assurance of safety and security by researching a clinic before your visit. Make sure they have the skills needed for pellet insertion.
What are the advantages of hormone pellets?
The main advantage of bioidentical hormone pellets over oral pills is that it bypasses first-pass metabolism. The hormone is being delivered into the human body in consistent amounts and without fluctuations.
As a result, faster results are then achieved, and optimal health is regained. There are no threats to having blood clots unlike that of conventional hormone therapy, and menopausal symptoms are being resolved as soon as possible. Studies have shown that the delivery of hormones in pellet form was effective in restoring sex drive, stabilizing sleep patterns, and maintaining normal levels of bone density.
One very good example is testosterone implants. Optimal delivery of testosterone to the body results in increased vigor, energy, relief of anxiety, and memory enhancement. For women, these testosterone implants are good for preventing vaginal dryness, migraines, and headaches. For men, these prove to be beneficial to their physical and sexual health. Its effects on men include decreased aggression and decreased irritability.
What are the risks involved in going for hormone pellet therapy?
Hormone pellet therapy is a relatively invasive procedure compared to oral therapy. Therefore, it is being expected that the area around the incision will have minimal bruising,bleeding, and temporary skin discoloration. There is also a risk of possible infection if the procedure was not done using a sterile technique. A localized infection can further cause extrusion of the pellet, and it may warrant the use of antibiotics.
It is also advised that people who have undergone hormone pellet insertion should refrain from vigorous physical activity for the next 48 hours in women, and the next seven days in men. Doing strenuous physical activity before the area around the incision is completely healed will lead to extrusion of the pellet.
In terms of systemic responses, it is then expected that the body will have temporary reactions to the extra amount of hormones it is being given. For instance, women may experience a slight increase in facial hair and a temporary deepening of the voice. In men, it can cause an increase in hemoglobin and hematocrit levels.
Both women and men suffer from the effects of aging on their hormones. Many chronic diseases stem from hormonal imbalances, altogether depriving people of the enjoyment of a better quality of life.
Hormone pellets are a sure way to give your body the hormones it needs at the right time, with the right amount, in a consistent manner. Despite being a minimally invasive procedure, the benefits associated with hormone pellets greatly outweigh the risks.
Hormone pellets are highly convenient and economical. It has the most effective method of delivery for bioidentical hormones. It is known to be more effective than oral hormone therapy, intramuscular hormone delivery, and topical hormone delivery. It has proved to be superior in increasing bone density, improving sexual function, improving mood, enhancing cognitive function, improving breast health, and resolving urinary and vaginal complaints. It is also highly beneficial for overall health by stabilizing lipid profiles, hormone ratios, and metabolites.
Since it has already been established that hormone pellets work, the next part is one very crucial aspect of decision-making. To avoid all possible human errors in terms of calculating for the dosage and inserting the implant, visit a health provider you can fully trust in terms of skills and abilities. The Injection and Infusion Clinic of ABQ has proven itself to be excellent in handling patients who opt for hormone pellet therapy. Drop us a call now and schedule an appointment with us!