What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Pennsylvania Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Calvin Wilson, M.D. at Look Great MD Center offers specialized programs to men and women suffering from hormonal imbalances and decline. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is designed to replace what the body can no longer produce. Bioidentical hormones are non-synthetic, plant-based hormones that are identical biologically to human hormone.
The best analogy to differentiate bio identical from synthetic hormones is to look at the hormones and the receptors they activate include hundreds of thousands in our bodies as a lock and key. The hormone is the key and the receptors they work upon are the locks. Bioidentical Hormones fit perfectly in the lock, and unlock all of the beneficial effects of hormones, and when dosed properly, as with the Pellet Therapy method, have minimal to no side effects.
Synthetic hormones, however, fit in the lock, but do not turn the lock and release many untoward side effects. Our Bioidentical Hormone pellet method is one of the most widely studied, effective and safest methods of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) available.
Women & Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
There has been controversy on the topic of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for the last 15 years. Negative attitudes have dominated the media since 2002. Combine this with the fact that the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study that was halted eight years ago because of health risks, hormonal therapy options caused a confusion for women trying to make an informed decisions on their health.
First, the WHI study and the subsequent media reports about HRT are based on Commercial HRT only. They are based on findings about the combination of conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone (called PremPro). Thus, when you hear about HRT in the news, this is what they are referring to.
There are alternatives. Over-the-counter, there are products containing phytoestrogens, and topical products containing low-dose progesterone. These will provide temporary relief in PMS, perimenopausal, and menopausal symptoms. Long-term benefits and improved health can be achieved through Bio-Equivalent Hormone Replacement Therapy, a prescription alternative.
Bio-equivalent Hormone Replacement Therapy is a prescription alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy, which include conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone.
Bioidentical medications are plant-derived, and chemically changed in a laboratory until they are identical to what your body would naturally produce. BHRT is customizable; in other words, it can be adjusted to fit your needs, unlike conventional HRT, which has a few standard dosage strengths.
Men & Bioidentical Hormones
Pennsylvania Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Calvin Wilson, M.D. at Look Great MD Center also specializes in hormone balancing for men. Hormonal needs for men have received national attention, but with marginal treatment options available. Hormonal treatments for men can be expensive, require daily consumption, and in many cases, need to be carefully timed with their partner’s needs for normal sexual activities and pleasure. Current medical research now defines a male equivalent to menopause referred to as andropause. Men experience a more gradual decline in hormone levels. They lose approximately one percent of their testosterone and 2.5 percent of the DHEA per year beginning at age 30. Men find themselves lacking in sexual desire, gaining weight, losing muscle mass and feeling sluggish, depressed and irritable. Yet, they believe they must endure these body and hormonal changes as part of aging.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement therapy achieves the sustained levels of testosterone that would be produced by normally functioning testicles. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men include fatigue, lack of mental acuity, loss of libido, and difficulty achieving, or sustaining erection. This form of therapy is the only kind that produces the natural level of hormone that men need. Because the testosterone used is totally natural, it is ideal for men wanting the benefits of a Bioidentical Hormone, without the drawbacks of a synthetic.
Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Testosterone therapy for men can reduce testosterone deficiencies. Bioidentical hormone therapy administered by Doctor Wilson is the only method of Pellet testosterone therapy that gives sustained and consistent testosterone levels throughout the day, for 4 to 6 months, without any “roller coaster” blood levels of testosterone, which can result in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient. Doctor Wilson has had excellent results treating men with Bioidentical Hormone therapy. There have been no reported side effects in the entire history of this type of therapy.
The goals of Bioidentical Hormones for men and women include:
- Alleviating symptoms caused by the natural decrease in hormone production in the body
- Reestablishing hormonal balance
- Providing protective benefits that were originally provided by the body’s naturally occurring hormones
BHRT offers a number of health-related benefits, which include:
- Helping in the prevention of Osteoporosis and restoration of bone strength
- Protecting against heart disease and stroke
- Reducing hot flashes & vaginal dryness
- Maintaining muscle mass and strength
- Improving cholesterol levels
- Reducing risk of depression
- Reducing risk of breast and endometrial cancer
- Improving libido
- Preventing senility and Alzheimer’s Disease
- Improving sleep
- Improving mood, concentration, and memory
- Fewer unwanted effects than synthetic hormones
Pennsylvania Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Calvin Wilson, M.D. at Look Great MD Center has helped vast numbers of men and women to recover from the signs and symptoms of hormone decline and imbalance. Fully assessing medical history, lifestyle factors, and treatment goals, Doctor Wilson provides patient-centered care and customized programs. Doctor Wilson’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs are suited to fit individual needs, and countless patients have been able to regain their health and vitality with his customized programs.