How Long Can You Take Bioidentical Hormones?
If you are an adult who is approaching middle-age, you probably have noticed some changes in your mind and body. These changes are due to declining hormones and are normal. However, many of our patients at Body Bar MD are interested in learning how to reverse these changes. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) with BioTE® is a treatment that Dr. Christy Watson offers her adult patients over 40 who need to have their hormone levels balanced.
Men and women have different symptoms for declining hormone levels. Men often experience weight gain, fatigue, low libido or erectile dysfunction, and hair loss. Women likely experience fatigue, weight gain, a low libido, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Dr. Christy helps her patients figure out if they need hormone replacement, including bioidentical hormone pellets. Dietary changes, supplements, and BHRT all help bring your hormone imbalance back into balance. At Body Bar MD, we use BHRT at our Terre Haute and Carmel, IN offices, as it is a natural, physiological way to rebalance hormones.
Symptoms of a hormonal deficiency
Some common symptoms of a hormone imbalance include:
Hot or cold temperature changes
Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
Excessive hair growth
During a consultation, Dr. Christy can determine if you will benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Generally, those with blood clotting disorders, liver disease, gallbladder disease, heart disease, or who have a history of stroke are not eligible for this treatment.
Am I a good candidate for hormone therapy?
When you are over 30, you are probably a good candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Indiana. At this age, your body is producing 3 – 10% less of the critical hormones it needs as each year passes. For women going through menopause, BHRT can help to replace estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. For men going through andropause, it helps their testosterone deficiency. It has been proven to help provide better mental clarity, increase energy levels, and improve libido. It also can help patients with fibromyalgia and thyroid issues. This hormone replacement therapy can increase the functionality of your thyroid and reduce the side effects of an over or underactive thyroid.
How does BioTE therapy work?
BioTE uses pellet therapy to balance hormone levels in men and women effectively. The pellet is carefully placed under the skin to release the much-needed hormones. As a result, the symptoms and unpleasant side effects of hormone imbalances are removed over time.
How long can I have bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Dr. Christy recommends that women in menopause only take HRT when their symptoms are hard to deal with, usually only up to five years. For some patients, yes, symptoms may return, but you can try other hormonal replacement therapies, including topical creams. If you’re having hormone therapy through pellets, they last about four months at a time. Our staff can determine the proper frequency of your therapy sessions.
How bioidentical hormone replacement therapy works
At Body Bar MD, we work hard to help all of our patients. Dr. Christy takes great care to discuss your concerns about therapy and your goals for treatment. We will also take blood to evaluate your hormone levels and to rule out other medical conditions. This up-to-date hormone panel helps us pinpoint where we need to focus our hormone replacement therapy most.
Once we've established where your hormone deficiency is, we will have a BioTE bioidentical hormone therapy pellet inserted beneath your skin. These pellets are compounded with either estradiol or testosterone, and are about the size of a grain of rice. We insert the pellet under the skin of your hip right in our Terre Haute or Carmel, IN offices. These pellets will release hormones slowly into your bloodstream and will last anywhere from 3 – 6 months, depending on your sex.
This consistent delivery of hormones helps you shake off fatigue, slows down hormone-related weight gain, and helps to control mood changes. When you begin to notice a difference will differ from patient to patient, but many experience significant results in as little as four weeks.
Learn more about bioidentical hormone therapy near me
When you’re interested in learning how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy works, schedule a consultation with Dr. Christy Watson. She will take the necessary time to help her patients understand what to expect and discuss any specific follow-up with you during your hormone replacement therapy planning. At this time, we can discuss the benefits of bioidentical hormones for your health. To schedule a consultation to learn more about BHRT, call our Terre Haute or Carmel, IN offices.