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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

Our bodies naturally slow testosterone production as we age, known as “Andropause.” Some symptoms are comparable to those women experience during menopause. However, 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, as well as effective form of hormone optimization and 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, actually mimicking your body’s hormone 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 in which the pellets can be placed. However, 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 actually 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, actually being absorbed without leaving any potentially irritating byproducts. Because of their steady, time-release dosing, there are minimal side effects from testosterone pellet therapy. As a result of this, 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?

In contrast to other forms of hormone therapy, pellets mimic our bodies’ natural rhythms of releasing hormones into our systems. The absorption of natural bio-identical hormone pellets into the body matches your activity levels. Because of that. Biote avoids 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?

Given that Testosterone regulates many of the body’s essential functions, symptoms of “Low-T” 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

Moreover, 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. Additionally, 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)

Further more, studies have found that low testosterone levels in women can cause 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. Meanwhile, 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 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

Commonly Asked Questions

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

Pellets typically last 3-4 months in women and 4-5 months in men. Because 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?

One of the most frequent questions asked about testosterone pellets is: “How long do testosterone pellets take to work?” It is essential to mention that each patient is unique, and their body chemistry differs from others. However, this fact can’t be ignored when discussing pellet therapy or any other medication, for that matter. Therefore, each patient’s body chemistry significantly influences how BHRT pellets are absorbed and utilized.

While there are no “hard and fast” rules for this topic, relief from the symptoms of “low-t” can take anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks. Never the less, there are short and long-term benefits. Short-term benefits typically occur within the first two weeks. The effects of Bio-identical Hormone therapy typically reach their full effect within a month. During this period, patients will notice the following:

  • Improved sex drive
  • Improved sleep
  • Better concentration
  • Increased energy

The long-term effects occur after the pellets have fully dissolved. We encourage all of our patients to plan on trying Biote pellet therapy for at least one year before deciding if they are getting the results they hoped for. The changes from Biote treatment include an improved overall sense of well-being, body composition changes, and increased energy 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. Bio-identical hormone therapy has been safely and successfully used worldwide since the early 1940s. Because of this, it is one of the most common forms of hormone optimization.

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. Whichever happens (if at all), 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.

Secondly, the frequency of your hormone testing will depend on your specific needs. Your practitioner will ensure that your hormone levels are optimal for you. Additionally, 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 others do not. With this in mind, 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. Instead of settling for hormone therapy that may not suit there needs, many of our patients choose to pay “out-of-pocket” to get the treatment they NEED, instead of simply what their insurance will pay for.

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

Actually, starting pellet therapy in northwest Denver couldn’t be simpler. First, take a quick online survey (Click HERE for men’s and women’s surveys). After completing your survey, we will contact you to schedule a simple blood test. Your test results will tell you if you are a good candidate for BHRT. Ready to start improving your life? Schedule your simple blood test with our office today!

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