The most common forms of HRT treatment using bioidentical hormones are creams, gels, and pills. However, in some cases you and your physician may consider a hormonal treatment using pellets, patches, or injections. Your doctor will work closely with you to discover which combination of treatment options is right for you.
Creams, Gels, Pills & Patches
Bioidentical hormone creams, gels, pills and patches of varying strength (individualized for each woman's needs) are commonly used for estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Thyroid hormones are usually offered in pill form as a hormonal replacement treatment.
Most hormone pills are gelatin capsules and are usually taken with food to be easily absorbed in the body. Topical gels or bioidentical hormone cream are applied with a pre-measured syringe to the stomach, inner thighs or inner arms and are absorbed through the skin, directly into the blood stream. Some gels or creams are designed for vaginal use. Patches, like bioidentical hormone cream and gels, allow direct skin absorption throughout the day.
Testosterone for women is often administered orally, but self-injections are another option.
It is common for a combination of options to be used for menopause treatment or the treatment of other hormone imbalances.
Pellet therapy has been available in the United States since 1939. It is a sustainable delivery method for bioidentical hormone therapy and is an ideal hormone imbalance treatment that helps balance body chemistry and restores health and vitality in women suffering the symptoms of hormonal imbalances. The effect the pellets have is nearly identical to the way hormones are naturally produced in healthy 30-something year-old women.
The long-lasting pellets make this form of hormone therapy especially easy and convenient. You only need to meet with your BodyLogicMD affiliated anti-aging physician every three to five months for an easy insertion. During the simple in-office procedure, the tiny pellets are inserted into the upper hip or buttock area. The small incision site requires just a small bandage. Pellets, which contain bioidentical estrogen or testosterone depending on the patient, react to the needs of your body by secreting additional hormones just as your body naturally would during periods of stress or exercise.
Many patients notice a difference very quickly. However, it can take up to two weeks for the full affect to be felt, and results can last up to six months. Your physician will closely monitor your progress to ensure that you sustain proper hormone levels and to determine the timing for subsequent pellet insertions.
Regardless of your menopause treatment methods, you can rest assured that your doctor will help you find relief from the uncomfortable symptoms and chronic health issues caused by your hormonal imbalance.
Contact one of the highly trained bioidentical hormone doctors in the BodyLogicMD network to schedule an appointment and learn more about how a hormonal replacement treatment plan can relieve your symptoms and improve your life.