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Bio-identical Hormone Therapy in Denver

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Bio-identical hormone therapy in Denver has helped thousands of men and women feel better and live healthier. Testosterone pellet therapy for men and women in Denver has been a proven and preferred method of hormone optimization for over 80 years. Integrative Health and Rehabilitation offers bio-identical hormone replacement for both men and women.

Bioidentical hormone therapy in Denver

As we age, our bodies slow testosterone production. The male version of this is called “Andropause.” Some symptoms are comparable to those women experience during menopause.

Beginning in their 30s, testosterone production in men will drop 1% to 3% per year. Women can lose up to 50% of their testosterone production by the time they reach menopause.

Research shows that Bio-identical hormone replacement is effective for:

  • Relief of menopausal symptoms
  • Maintenance of bone density
  • Restoration of sleep patterns
  • Enhanced sex drive
  • Increased sexual response and performance
  • All with no to minimal side effects.

What Are Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Pellets?

Bio-identical hormone replacement pellet therapy is a natural, practical, and effective form of hormone optimization. It has been used safely for over 80 years. Pellets are used instead of testosterone shots for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in men and women.

In many peer-reviewed studies, pellet therapy is superior to shots for relief of menopausal symptoms, maintenance of bone density, better sleep patterns, and improvement in sex drive, libido, sexual response, and performance, all with minimal side effects.

When choosing your hormone doctor, be sure they use testosterone pellets produced in a certified 503 B compounding pharmacy. These pharmacies undergo rigorous third-party testing for sterility, potency (strength), efficacy, and impurities. The third-party testing guarantees the pellets are of the highest purity and quality.

Testosterone and Estrogen pellets are available in a wide range of strengths that allow your provider to create a specific, individually optimized dose of hormones for your specific needs. After being inserted, these plant-based hormones release hormones at an even level mimicking your body’s endocrine system. Once implanted, the therapy works with your body for 3-4 months (for most women) and 5-7 months (for most men). Most patients often begin to feel the effects of their pellet therapy within the first one to 3 days, with full results experienced in just 2 to 3 weeks.

Pellets are “bio-identical” to the hormones produced in our bodies. After determining your specific dosage, the rice-sized pellets are implanted beneath the skin. There are several areas the pellets can be placed. The most common is in the upper buttocks. The incision is tiny and requires only a band-aid.

Custom Testosterone Pellet Strengths

Your pellets have many strengths, allowing your doctor to provide a precise, personalized dosage. This attention to detail optimizes your hormone levels to fit your specific needs. Regarding hormone therapy, it is vital to tailor your treatment to your unique needs. Hormone optimization should never use a “one size fits all” approach.

Once implanted, the pellets will release a steady, consistent level of bio-identical hormones into the body. This method mimics your body’s natural endocrine system, fluctuating throughout the day in correlation to your activity levels. Just like your endocrine system does with your naturally produced hormones.

Where Does the Testosterone in Pellets Come From?

Testosterone pellets are made from yams and altered to be biologically identical to the human form of Testosterone. This Testosterone is unlike synthetic Testosterone (testosterone cypionate or propionate). Synthetic Testosterone goes through the liver and is “broken down” and “rebuilt” in a form your body can use.

Pellets are also entirely biodegradable, absorbed without leaving any potentially irritating byproducts. Because of their steady, time-release dosing, there are minimal side effects from testosterone pellet therapy. Pellets are an easy and convenient form of hormone replacement therapy. Most of our patients will begin to feel the impact of their treatment within 24 – 72 hours, with full results occurring in less than three weeks.

Why Use BHRT Instead of Other Hormone Therapies?

Unlike other forms of hormone therapy, pellets mimic our bodies’ natural rhythms of releasing hormones into our systems. The slower diffusion of the pellets also matches conditions like increased exercise or activity. It helps avoid the “roller coaster” effect of daily or weekly injections, topical applications, or oral treatments. They are also bio-identical to human hormones, reducing the incidence of unwanted side effects like blood clots.

What are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?

Testosterone regulates or helps regulate many of the body’s essential functions. Low testosterone symptoms in men and women include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of sleep
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Lack of focus
  • Brain fog
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Joint pain
  • Migraines
  • Bladder symptoms
  • Decreased sex drive

Men with low Testosterone can experience erectile dysfunction from decreased desire (libido). Unfortunately, this type of ED does not respond well to the most common ED medications like Viagra or Cialis. Men with low testosterone levels are also at increased risk of developing:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Prostate cancer
  • Diabetes mellitus (DM)
  • Sarcopenia (muscle loss)

Studies have found that low testosterone levels in women can see an increased risk of:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
  • Possibly breast cancer

One in seven premenopausal women will die of heart disease. In contrast, this number rises to one in three in postmenopausal women.

How Does Bio-identical Hormone Therapy in Denver Work?

Testosterone pellet therapy for men and women in Denver uses pellets of a specific, personalized dosage inserted under the skin 2 to 4 times a year. Testosterone shots are required 2 to 4 times per MONTH. The benefits of pellet therapy include fewer treatments to achieve superior results. Because the hormones are released slowly over time, there is no “roller coaster” effect. More side effects can occur when large amounts of hormones are introduced simultaneously, like when given in an injection.

Testosterone pellet therapy in men results in the following:

  • Improved erectile ability
  •  Prostate protection
  •  Cardiovascular protection
  •  Lower cholesterol and increased HDL
  •  Increased energy
  •  Enhanced feeling of overall well-being
  •  Reduced body fat
  •  Increased muscle mass
  •  Reduced anxiety and irritability
  •  Cognitive clarity

In women, testosterone pellet therapy can:

  • Protect critical tissues such as bone, brain, heart, breasts, etc.
  •  Enhanced libido
  •  Heart protection
  •  Lower cholesterol and LDL
  •  Increased energy
  •  Enhanced sleep
  •  Greater feeling of overall well-being
  •  Reduced body fat
  •  Reduced “brain fog”

In both men and women, testosterone treatment can provide:

  • Depression relief
  •  Anxiety relief
  •  Improved cognitive clarity
  •  Increased bone strength
  •  Increased muscle strength

Testosterone pellet therapy in women DOES NOT cause:

  • Masculinization
  •  Deepening or changes in the voice
  •  Increased aggression
  •  Increased risk of breast cancer

How Long Does Bio-identical Hormone Therapy in Denver Last?

Pellets typically last 3-4 months in women and 4-5 months in men. The pellets entirely and naturally dissolve on their own, so there is no need to have them removed. BHRT is a simpler and more natural way to supplement your hormone levels than taking synthetic and potentially toxic shots or pills.

How Long Do Testosterone Pellets Take to Work?

Patients often feel the initial effects of the pellets within the first 24-72 hours, with full results within three weeks. The efficacy of the treatment depends mainly on the patient’s diet, lifestyle, and stress levels.

Is Bio-identical Hormone Therapy Safe?

Providing safe hormone therapy is the number one priority for the hormone specialists at Integrative Health and Rehabilitation. Their staff takes every precaution to ensure you receive the best hormone optimization available.

What are the Side Effects of the Bio-identical Hormone Therapy in Denver?

Because of their plant-based and bio-identical nature, pellet therapy has few ill effects. Breast discomfort or tenderness in the nipples can occur but usually disappears in a few weeks. Very rarely, the pellet insertion site can become inflamed or mildly irritated. Some women can experience an increase in facial hair or mild acne. These problems are easily managed with minor adjustments to the dosage.

In both sexes, possible side effects of testosterone therapy can include the following:

  • Acne
  •  Increased risk of blood clots
  •  Nipple sensitivity
  •  Increased aggression and mood swings

How Are Hormone Levels Monitored During BHRT?

Hormone levels are tested before therapy and 4 to 6 weeks after treatment. Tests typically include but are not limited to PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) in men, Testosterone, LH (luteinizing hormone), blood count, liver profile, Thyroid hormones (TSH), Vitamin D, DHEA, Vitamin B-12, and Estradiol. Blood tests for women include FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and Progesterone.

The frequency of your hormone testing will depend on your specific needs. Your practitioner will ensure that your hormone levels are optimal for you.

Men should keep their schedule of yearly prostate exams. PSA levels monitor prostate function. Women should continue to undergo their annual mammogram and PAP smear testing under the direction of their gynecologist. Women should also continue their monthly breast self-exams.

Will Insurance Pay for Hormone Therapy?

Some insurance companies cover the cost of treatment, while others do not. When using health insurance to pay for your pellet therapy, you may not see the same benefits as someone paying “out-of-pocket” for their therapy. Insurance companies often limit your choice of pellet manufacturers (some are better than others) and the amount of Testosterone you receive. This decision is made regardless of your doctor’s prescription.

How Do I Start Bio-identical Hormone Therapy in Denver?

Starting pellet therapy in Denver couldn’t be simpler. First, take a quick online survey (Click HERE for men’s and women’s surveys). After completing your survey, our preferred provider will contact you to see if you would like to schedule a simple blood test. Your test results will tell you if you are a good candidate for BHRT. If you are ready to start your treatment immediately, schedule a simple blood test with our office today. Still have questions? Contact us today!