Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
The primary female sex hormones which are progesterone and estrogen and the predominant male sex hormone, testosterone, have a tendency to decline aging occurs. Despite the fact the body slows production of these hormones, the body still has the same demands for the hormones. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy offers an alternative choice to having to suffer through the effects of hormone decline.
The dangers of synthetic hormones have become more evident in the recent past. Synthetic hormones such as Provera and Premarin have been used in hormone replacement therapy to supplement the body’s deficiencies of naturally occurring hormones. The synthetic hormone Premarin is actually a made from the urine of a pregnant horse, and while the horse urine does contain estrone, which is a form of human estrogen, it also has a number of horse estrogens that are foreign to the human body. Because the human body is not made to process horse estrogen, many women have suffered from the use of premarin, and they experienced adverse effects such as breast cancer, stroke, and heart problems.
A Healthier Alternative: Bio-identical Hormones may be a safer alternative to synthetic hormones because they are exact in chemical and molecular structure to the hormones produced by the human body. Bio-identical hormones are mostly formulated from plant sources, such as soy products or yams; however, synthetic hormones are chemicals that have been derived from animal waste. As a result, patients are more likely to reap the benefits of the bio-identical hormones without the harsh side effects associated with synthetic hormones.
New Techniques for Hormone Delivery: In the past, most methods of hormone delivery were done by injections, with pills, or applied directly onto the skin in the form of gels or creams. Many patients ran into issues with these delivery methods, and they experienced problems with dosages, forgetting to take pills, and patches falling off. The latest technique involves implanting of a time-released pellet beneath the skin on the buttocks. By implanting the dosage beneath the skin, patients will receive the proper dosage, which will be released regularly by the pellet. Each pellet can last six months, and patients do not have to put forth the effort of remembering to take their prescriptions or apply creams everyday. Dr. Bertolino is the only physician in Western New York to offer pellet implantation.
Hormones and Disease Prevention: Hormone deficiencies are related to increased risks of disease and illness. Hormonal deficiencies or imbalances can lead to cardiovascular disease, thinner bones, muscle atrophy, low libido, restless leg syndrome, mood swings, hair loss, osteoporosis, depression, decreased cognitive function, weight gain, and wrinkled skin.
Testosterone Replacement: Testosterone supplementation helps men that are suffering from a testosterone deficiency, and it enables them to restore healthy levels of testosterone. BHRT allows males to regain sexual function, increase red blood cell synthesis, maintain muscle bulk, and increase bone density.
Human Growth Hormone: Human growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland, and it helps with growth and development, and it maintains organs and tissues. HGH is capable of stimulating weight loss, increasing sexual performance, boosting the immune system, and restoring skin elasticity.
Estrogen and Progesterone: BHRT is also designed to treat the symptoms of estrogen and progesterone decline, which is associated with menopause. Bio-identical hormones are made to function exactly as the estrogen and progesterone produced by the human body, and they can be uniquely made to suit individual demands.
When hormones are beginning to become depleted, BHRT can stabilize hormone levels and prevent the onslaught of symptoms experienced by hormone decline. Many women and men have regained confidence, health, and youthful states of being with the use of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and Dr. Jack Bertolino is happy to meet with patients to discuss symptoms and treatment options.