As we continue to age, the effect of this decrease in hormones becomes more profound. In short, as our bodies decrease the production of these hormones, our quality of life becomes greatly affected.
For both men and women, hormonal balance is necessary for good health and disease prevention. While there are several protocols used by the medical profession to address this issue, the introduction of bioidentical hormones using pellet therapy has had good results.
Bioidentical hormones have a biochemical structure that is perfectly matched to the hormones produced by the endocrine system in a man or woman’s body. At Duke City Healthcare, we use BioTE® Hormone Pellet Therapy, a plant-based hormone derived from natural plant sources that replicate the body’s normal hormonal levels.
Several drug companies on the market produce artificially formulated synthetic hormones, which are intentionally manufactured to be slightly different from human hormones so that they can be patented. Other companies use animal hormones, frequently from horses.
Because bioidentical hormones are natural substances, our bodies can metabolize them in the way they were designed to, minimizing side effects. These compounded bioidentical hormones can be matched to each man or woman’s unique needs, which is not impossible with mass-produced products.
Hormone pellets contain a natural plant source of estrogen or testosterone. The pellets, which are smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin and most closely mimic the actions of healthy ovaries and testicles with regard to hormone release into the bloodstream. The hormone pellet therapy implantation procedure is performed in the office.
Unlike typical oral or topical cream therapies that can often produce roller coaster hormone levels that result in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient, pellet therapy can provide sustained hormone levels throughout the day for up to three to five months.
Comprehensive blood work is performed to analyze the patient’s hormone levels. Unique doses of hormones are prescribed based on the blood results. Pellets deliver pure, bioidentical hormones directly into the bloodstream for up to five months, providing a constant supply that the body recognizes as its own and significantly reducing the chance of adverse side effects.