As you age, your body will undergo many natural changes. Whether you’re a man or a woman, one such change may include fluctuations in your hormone levels. Your hormones act as chemical messengers that control many of your body’s functions. These messengers get created by various glands throughout your body. Your hormones affect everything from your appetite and emotions to your immune system and sexual activity. If you’re suffering from a hormonal imbalance, there are options. 45 Urgent Care offers BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for Jackson-area patients.
What Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Treat?
Studies have shown that after the age of 30, most people produce 3%-10% LESS hormones each year. This age related decline can cause a hormonal imbalance resulting in a low sex drive and other side effects to your health ranging from fatigue, migraines, and mood swings to memory loss, lack of sleep, and weight gains. Hormonal imbalances have been linked to issues affecting your bone, brain, heart, and breast health, as well as that of other critical systems and organs in your body. BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been trusted for decades to help men and women age more gracefully.
The most common type of hormone replacement therapy for women undergoing menopause is in the form of estrogen pellets containing bioidentical estradiol to help increase estrogen levels. If ignored, low estrogen levels may lead to low bone density or poor cardiovascular health, while high estrogen levels may lead to obesity and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. Men with a decrease in testosterone production may experience irritability, chronic exhaustion, or sexual dysfunction. BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is also beneficial for men looking to increase testosterone.
How Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?
There are several different hormone replacement therapy methods, ranging from pills and topical creams and patches to injecting synthetic hormones. However, BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at Jackson’s 45 Urgent Care, PC involves inserting hormone pellets below your skin (usually near your hip) a few times a year in our office. This type of hormone replacement therapy tends to last longer because it allows for a steadier dosage of hormones in your blood and it more closely replicates the molecular structure of your hormones. Hormone pellet therapy mimics your body’s normal diurnal and circadian rhythms (biological processes) to provide hassle-free treatment with minimal side effects.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy isn’t new. It’s been used in some form or another dating back as far as 1939. However, 45 Urgent Care, PC understands that it may be a new concept for many of our patients. Therefore, we’ve gathered the answers to several frequently asked questions about our BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Jackson, Tennessee, for your peace of mind:
How are bioidentical hormones prepared?
Hormone pellets are compounded to your individual needs, taking into account your weight, gender, and body’s absorption rate. Several tests are used to evaluate the appropriate supplemental hormone level for each patient. Bioidentical hormones are usually plant-based and are synthetically altered to have a similar molecular structure as your hormones. Testosterone pellets are typically made up of powdered testosterone bound together by plant-based stearic acid (a saturated fatty acid).
Does hormone therapy increase the risk of breast cancer?
Research doesn’t indicate a direct link between hormone therapy and an increased risk for breast cancer. However, if a woman has had her uterus removed, taking estrogen may increase the risk of developing endometrial cancer. Therefore, it’s usually recommended that women who have undergone a hysterectomy may want to take a combination of estrogen and progestin. Please consult your doctor for further information.
Are hormone therapy pellets safe?
Hormone therapy pellets have been used in the U.S. and Europe since the 1930s with research and data to support their long-term safety. This type of hormone replacement therapy is now being used on five continents with hundreds of studies available for practitioners to access. It’s all about making an informed choice about whether or not it’s right for you.
How long do pellets last?
Each patient’s hormonal imbalance and symptoms are unique. Unique symptoms mean that each patient’s bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is customized to fit their specific needs. While the amount of time that the pellets last will vary from individual to individual, they generally last about 4-6 months. Most patients will need to visit our office at least a few times a year to have new pellets inserted.
What are the side effects of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
There are fewer side effects when compared with other hormone replacement therapy options. A minor percentage of patients (1-2%) may experience mild acne or facial hair or hair thinning, but those are usually treatable.
How can I learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Please contact us to schedule an evaluation to see whether or not you’d be a good candidate for BioTE® hormone replacement therapy at Jackson’s 45 Urgent Care, PC. We’d be happy to help you explore your options in greater detail!