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Hormonal Health

Hormone Therapy Q & A

What is hormone therapy?

Hormone therapy replaces the body’s natural supply of hormones that have been lost due to aging or other conditions. Because traditional synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may increase your risk for cancer and heart disease, the specialists at EVU usually recommend bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to replenish your hormones and boost your health.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones come from natural plant sources, such as the extracts of yams and soybeans. The structure and actions of bioidentical HRT molecules are just like those of your own naturally occurring hormones. Synthetic hormones are one-size-fits-all medications that allow pharmaceutical companies to patent and profit from the formulas. In contrast, bioidentical HRT is custom-designed based on your unique hormonal makeup. Your specialist at EVU tailors your prescription to you, which a compounding pharmacy then fulfills.

What are the signs that I need HRT?

Most men and women need HRT starting around ages 30-40 to counteract the symptoms of aging-related hormonal imbalances, such as:
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Low libido
  • Fatigue or limited energy
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Sleeplessness
  • Poor concentration or memory loss
Menopausal women can use HRT to alleviate:
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Low libido or vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia or fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Fibroids or endometriosis

How do I take HRT?

Hormone replacement therapy is available in many forms, including:
  • Pills
  • Creams, gels, and patches
  • Injections
  • Pellet implants
Bioidentical HRT pellets are about the size of a grain of rice and are available in either testosterone or estradiol formulations. Your EVU specialist implants your custom-designed pellets under your skin in a simple procedure using a mild local anesthetic. Pellets typically last about 3-4 months. Pellets are superior to other delivery forms in relieving the symptoms of menopause, andropause, and other hormone- and age-associated conditions. Bioidentical HRT pellets avoid the complications of synthetic hormones, are more convenient than other forms of HRT, and allow you to live a healthy life without the worry of daily medication. If you’re a man or woman over the age of 30 who has symptoms of hormonal imbalance, call EVU for a hormone profile to see if you are a candidate for bioidentical HRT, or book an appointment online.