What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
If you are an adult approaching middle-age, you probably have noticed some changes in your mind and body. These changes, due to declining hormones, are normal, but it's understandable that you're likely looking into how to reverse these changes. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) with BioTe® is a treatment for adults over 40 who need to have their hormone levels balanced. Men and women have different identifying factors for dropping hormone levels. Men will often experience weight gain, fatigue, low libido or erectile dysfunction, hair or bone loss, and more. Women will likely notice a lack of energy, weight gain, changes in the menstrual cycle, a low libido, moodiness, vaginal dryness, as well as other symptoms. At Body Bar MD, Dr. Christy can help you figure out if you need hormone replacements. Dietary changes, supplements, and BHRT can help you bring your hormone imbalance back into balance. Body Bar MD uses BHRT because it is a natural, physiological method of rebalancing the hormones. Call Dr. Christy today to see how we can get you back to normal and feel confident again!
BioTE utilizes pellet therapy to effectively balance hormone levels for both men and women. The pellet is carefully placed under the skin in order to release the needed hormones. In turn, the symptoms and unpleasant side effects of hormone imbalances can be eradicated over time.
Can Hormone Therapy Help Women?
Hormone levels can drastically change for women month to month once puberty beings. In each menstrual cycle, estrogen levels peak, then fall. As each menstrual cycle is different for each woman, estrogen levels cannot fully indicate hormone imbalances. While many women start to notice odd estrogen levels as they approach menopause, others begin to notice them before they even hit 30. No matter when it begins, things like hot flashes and memory loss, along with lower energy levels are all symptoms you should expect as your estrogen levels change. However, Body Bar MD can help control these conditions with BHRT.
Can Hormone Therapy Help Men?
Testosterone levels in men peak in the late teens somewhere between 17 – 18, which is about when men have reached their sexual prime — before most even become sexually active. This increase in testosterone is what fuels their height, energy, and strength. By their 20s, testosterone levels plateau, and by their 30s, they start declining. Once middle age is reached, most men only have about one-half of the testosterone levels they had in their late teens. As women experience menopause, men experience a similar condition called andropause. With andropause, men will notice themselves feeling moody, gaining weight, and having lower energy levels. If you are experiencing these symptoms, Body Bar MD can provide bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, which can help you with your testosterone levels.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Reviews
"I go to the Carmel office and we are on a 1st name basis, that's how great they are. I use them for everything from my BioTe HRT, to sending panic phone calls from FL. DR Christy is the best."- C.M. / Google / Apr 29, 2023
"If you are on the fence about female hormone replacement therapy, I suggest you speak with Dr Christy. Very knowledgeable about all aspects of it and continually educates herself on new developments, not only with hormone replacement, but with less invasive cosmetic procedures and weight loss management. AND she won't rush you out the door! I have had great success losing body fat, improving my health and appearance."- C.G. / Google / May 24, 2023
"Dr. Kristie and her staff are absolutely positively the best! Dr. Kristie talks to you like a friend not a patient. Her staff is just as carring. I have been going to the body bar for a few years now and I have never had a bad visit. I get Hormone therapy and my husband started going here to get testosterone therapy. They have been great. I have also had a vampire facelift and other injections done. Everything they do is beyond the best. If something won't help they tell you and let you know what will and if they can help. If you need some pampering or need some work done on your appearance or need hormone or testosterone replacement therapy this is the place to go!"- J.K. / Google / Jun 06, 2023
"Dr. Christy and her entire team are simply fantastic. They are so knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for women is the best kept secret! Dr. Christy introduced the concept and its application. I was under the impression that Hormone replacement therapy gave women cancer. After reading the books Dr. Christy gave to me, I understood that was an outdated narrative. Like many premenopausal women, I was tired, irritable, and had a bad case of brain fog for years. I found out it was because of an off balance of hormones. Now I feel like I use to feel; I have energy, and no brain fog. It's a game changer. My only regret is not having known and started this therapy sooner."- J.P. / Google / Jun 16, 2023
"At the recommendation of my sister, I have been seeing Dr. Christie Watson for 2 years. My family Dr. refused to let me have HRT for menopausal symptoms. I had a pelvic, an ultrasound, a MRI and a biopsy. My vagina was as dry as a desert. For years, sex was out of the question due to burning and intense pain. I tried lubrications, supplements, exercises, pelvic floor PT and had two Mona Lisa procedures. Dr. Watson was the answer. After an extensive open and honest consult, she suggested BHRT. I finally received the additional estrogen, progesterone and, yes, testosterone that my body had been missing. My life turned around! My husband and I have rekindled our sex life. We are enjoying more intimacy, open conversation, playfulness and trust. We keep saying, “ We wished that we would have done this years ago, but, feel lucky to have BHRT now.” My mission is to spread the word so that others may experience this joy as well. Please, DON’T WAIT! Don’t look back! Look forward to a new enriched healthier lifestyle. Start BHRT now and you will be grateful too. Thank you Dr. Christie!"- E.G. / Google / Jul 25, 2023
What are the Benefits of Hormone Therapy?
There are many benefits to hormone therapy for men and women. For women, the top benefits include:
- Fewer hot flashes
- Increased libido
- The ability to lose weight more easily
- Increased energy
- Improved muscle tone and strength
For men, the primary benefits of hormone replacement therapy include:
- Improved sexual performance
- Increased facial and body hair production
- Increased muscle growth
- Boosted energy
- Improved bone density
Can I Get Hormone Therapy?
If you are over 30, you are likely a good candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. At this point in life, your body is producing 3 – 10 percent less of your critical hormones as each year passes. In women going through menopause, BHRT can help replace estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. In men going through andropause, this therapy can help with their testosterone deficiency. Either way, you can expect to see greater mental clarity and moods, an improvement in fatigue, diminished weight gain, and an increase in libido.
Another great aspect of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is it can help those with disorders, like fibromyalgia and thyroid issues. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you likely experience fatigue, insomnia, and pain in the muscles — all symptoms BHRT can help regulate. If you have a thyroid disorder and experience weight gain, fluctuating body temps, high cholesterol, heart issues, or more, BHRT can also help you. This hormone replacement therapy can increase the functionality of the thyroid and thus help reduce the side effects of an over- or underactive thyroid.
How Are Hormone Deficiencies Treated?
At Body Bar MD, we value the time and attention we are able to give to all of our patients. Our longer appointment times ensure that we have all the time we need to discuss your current medications, health history, symptoms, family medical history, and more. We understand that this can be a sensitive topic for some so we are here with open ears and arms. Dr. Christy will use this time to discuss your concerns, goals, and take blood to evaluate your hormone levels and rule out other conditions. This up-to-date hormone panel will help us pinpoint where we need to focus our hormone replacement therapy.
Once we've established where your hormone deficiency lies, we will have a BioTe bioidentical hormone therapy pellet inserted under your skin. These pellets are compounded with estradiol or testosterone and are about the size of a grain of rice. We will insert the pellet under the skin of your hip right in our Carmel, IN office. The pellets will release hormones slowly into your bloodstream and should last anywhere from 3 – 6 months, depending on if you are a man or woman. Once you start hormone replacement therapy, you should start feeling happier and healthier.
What Can I Expect from Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormones help regulate a lot of different things in your body, and when those hormone levels change, you notice a lot of negative side effects. However, with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at Body Bar MD, we can help alleviate these issues and get you feeling back to your normal self again! Other doctors may suggest synthetic hormones, which might work, but we suggest bioidentical hormone replacement pellets since they are plant-based and deliver a more consistent level of hormones than other options. This consistent delivery of hormones will help you shake off the fatigue, slow down hormone-related weight gain, control those moody outbursts, and help you feel like your younger self. When you will begin to notice a difference differs from person to person, but many experience results in as little as four weeks. Dr. Christy will help you understand what to expect and will discuss any specific follow-up with you during your hormone replacement therapy planning process.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $350 - $750
- Recovery Time
- How Long It Takes
- 5 min
- Follow Up Time
- Every 3 – 6 months
Feel Like Yourself Again
If you are at an age where you're beginning to notice a dip in your libido, weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, and more, Body Bar MD can help you regulate your hormones and get you back to feeling like yourself. With our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy process, Dr. Christy and her team are here to help you regulate a consistent level of hormones that will give you more energy and spice up your life. Call either our Carmel or Terre Haute, IN office to schedule your consultation today.
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How often will I need pellets?
For women: usually every 3 - 4 months.
For men: usually every 4 - 5 months.
Why are pellets better than creams, patches, shots or pills?
They are pure hormone that is not metabolized into by products by going through the liver, stomach or skin. This delivery system allows your body to use the right amount of hormone as the blood flow surrounding the pellets pick up what is needed.
Where do the pellets go?
Because they are pure hormone without fillers or synthetic ingredients, they completely dissolve.
How long will it take for my body to become leaner utilizing pellets?
That depends on your age, activity level and how much you exercise. Testosterone decreases fat and increases muscle and lean body mass. Testosterone also increases your natural growth hormone production, thereby improving your stamina and increasing muscle mass.
Are there any side effects and/or complications?
All side effects are temporary and treatable and occur less than 2% of the time, when pelleted correctly.
How long will it take for the pellets to get into my system and work?
24 - 72 hours. Optimal effect occurs three weeks after insertion.
I have no libido - will this help?
Good hormone balance will greatly improve your libido. The addition of testosterone in pellet form can change everything for the better!
Specifically for Women:
I get horrible headaches - will they help me?
Yes! We have had great success, especially with women who have menstrual migraines, and new migraines that appear after age 35.
Do I need to take other medication?
If you still have a uterus, you will need to be on natural progesterone as well.
Why do I need estrogen?
Estrogen is the most important hormone for a woman. It protects her against heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s. It also keeps us looking young and healthy.
Why do I need testosterone?
Testosterone is the third female hormone and is as essential as estrogen and progesterone. We need testosterone to keep our thought process quick and our libido healthy. It improves bone density, muscle mass, strength and prevents some types of depression. It is also the source of energy and solid sleep!
Will I grow unwanted hair from testosterone?
There is less chance of excess hair growth with natural testosterone than with synthetic hormones. Facial hair will grow with testosterone pellets, but normally no more than when you were in your thirties.
Specifically for Men:
Does testosterone cause prostate cancer?
No. Metabolites of testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone and estrone cause prostate enlargement and contribute to prostate cancer. Estrone increase and testosterone decrease as men age and gain belly fat. Testosterone pellets are the only replacement that reverses that trend.
How do I take testosterone pellets and not convert them to Dihydrotestosterone and estrone?
Your blood levels of estrone and DHT are checked after treatment to see if they are elevated. Some men still convert to these metabolites even on testosterone pellets. If they are converting, we troubleshoot with natural supplements such as DIM and Saw Palmetto, or an aromatase inhibitor prescription.
What if I have prostate enlargement already?
Testosterone pellets will make it better, if you do not convert it to DHT; we will treat that if it happens.
Will my testicles shrink while on testosterone pellets?
Yes, they will. Testicles are suppressed by taking any kind of testosterone and will not make as much testosterone while the pellets are working. This is not permanent and the testicle retains its ability to produce testosterone.
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