Women often turn to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to treat problems that develop during menopause. However, men may also need to take bioidentical hormones as their testosterone levels decline with age. At The How Clinic in Encinitas, California, John How, MD, restores your hormone levels using BioTE® pellets, a customized treatment backed by the experience of over 1.5 million pellet insertions across the continent. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.
What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a treatment to restore normal hormone levels. As their name suggests, bioidentical hormones are identical to, or have the same molecular structure, as your body’s natural hormones. As a result, they safely replace hormones when your levels decline. By comparison, synthetic hormones may be more likely to cause side effects.
When do I need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Women and men develop hormone deficiencies for many reasons. Hormone levels may drop if you:
- Have an endocrine gland problem
- Participate in intense athletic training
- Develop an illness
- Experience excessive stress
- Develop a nutrient deficiency
However, age-related hormone loss is the primary reason most women and men need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Why do women need bioidentical hormone replacement after menopause?
Most women experience hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings before, during, and after menopause. While those problems eventually go away, the loss of estrogen leads to long-lasting problems such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hair loss
- Thinning skin
- Low sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful intercourse
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may alleviate your menopause symptoms, treats problems like painful intercourse, and helps prevent conditions such as osteoporosis.
When might men need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Even healthy men experience the natural loss of testosterone as they get older. After the age of 30, testosterone levels drop by as much as 2% every year. As a result, men develop symptoms such as:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Decline in muscle strength
- Thinning beard and body hair
- Difficulty concentrating
Optimizing your testosterone levels bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps relieve many of these symptoms.
What should I know about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
At The How Clinic, patients with low hormone levels receive BioTE bioidentical hormones. BioTE comes in the form of pellets that are custom made to contain the precise dose you need to restore normal hormone levels.
Pellets are made by pressing your hormone dose into a cylinder that’s about as large as a grain of rice. Your provider implants the pellet under your skin, usually on your hip, where the pellet continuously releases small doses of the hormone. Each pellet keeps your hormones at optimal levels for three to six months.
If you need help with a hormone imbalance, call The How Clinic or book an appointment online to explore bioidentical hormone therapy.