Hormone Replacement Therapy
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone Replacement Therapy, otherwise known as HRT, is the process of replacing the body’s lost hormones. As we age, these hormones tend to lessen. In women, estrogen and progesterone levels can drop significantly due to menopause. Symptoms of hormone loss can include:
- Fatigue and Lack of Energy
- Trouble Sleeping
- Anxious, Moody or Depressed
- Diminished Mental Acuity and Memory
- Increased Weight, Especially at the Waist
- Difficulty Losing Weight Despite a Healthy Diet and Exercise
- Loss of Muscle Strength
- Depleted Sexual Libido and Performance
- Pain in Joints or Muscles
In men, loss of testosterone can come with additional symptoms such as shrinking testicles, rapid hair loss, decrease in beard growth, and decreased morning erections.
With Hormone Replacement, we can restore your hormone levels and reduce or eliminate the effects of the above symptoms. Bridgeport uses a natural method called BioTE® Pellet Therapy.
BioTE® Medical Pellet Therapy
Bridgeport Laser & Wellness Center has chosen to partner with BioTE® Medical to provide natural hormone replacement therapy to men and women in the Portland Metro area who wish to regain their vitality without the hassle of daily creams or pills. BioTE® Medical is a leading provider of natural hormone replacement therapy using subcutaneous pellets. The program is affordable and guaranteed financing is available through BioTE® Medical. www.biotemedical.com
What is Pellet Therapy?
Pellet Therapy uses hormones derived from natural plant sources to replicate the body’s normal hormonal levels. Patients have found that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants is extremely effective. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones providing optimal therapy. Unlike typical oral and transdermal forms of therapy – which produce “roller coaster” hormone levels, resulting in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient -BioTE® Medical Hormone Pellet Therapy, is the only method of hormone therapy that provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day, for up to 4 to 6 months, without any “roller coaster” effect. Because the hormones used are completely natural, Pellet Therapy is ideal for patients wanting the benefits of a natural hormone, without the drawbacks of a synthetic.
What are Pellets?
Pellets contain a natural plant source of estrogen and testosterone. A compounding pharmacist, using strict federal guidelines, compounds the estrogen and testosterone utilized in the pellets. These pellets, which are smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin and most closely mimic the actions of healthy ovaries and testicles with regards to hormone release into the bloodstream. The implantation procedure is easily performed in the office.
Pellet Therapy for Women:
In studies, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellets have been shown to be very effective in improving sex drive, sexual response and performance, relieving menopausal symptoms, maintenance of bone density, restoration of sleep patterns, relief of depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, and many others. Pellet implants have been used to treat menstrual and migraine headaches. It also helps with incontinence, vaginal dryness, urinary urgency and frequency, among others. In addition, many studies show that natural testosterone is HIGHLY PREVENTATIVE against breast cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s dementia, and others.
Pellet Therapy for Men:
Testosterone levels begin to decline in men starting in their early 30’s. Most men need to be tested around age 45. Symptoms of testosterone level decrease in men include fatigue, loss of mental acuity, loss of libido, and difficulty achieving, or sustaining erection. It’s not too late for you to benefit from hormone therapy. Pellet Therapy achieves sustained levels of testosterone that would be produced by normally functioning testicles. This type of therapy is the only kind that produces the natural level of hormone that men require. Because the testosterone used is totally natural, Pellet Therapy is perfect for men wanting the benefits of a natural hormone, without the downsides of a synthetic. Moreover, over 800 studies show optimal testosterone levels in men have preventative effects for many diseases such as: cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, prostate cancer, osteoporosis, and others. Typical oral and transdermal forms of therapy produce “roller coaster” levels of testosterone, which can result in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient. Varying levels of hormones do not have the same long term benefits as steady state hormone in the bloodstream.
What if my doctor or gynecologist says that there is ‘no data’ to support the use of pellet implants? And is it safe?
It’s about a patient making an informed choice. Researched and developed since 1939 in the US and Europe, there is a myriad of data to support the ‘long term’ safety and efficacy of hormones delivered by pellet implants. Bio-identical hormone Pellet Therapy is being used safely in 5 continents and has been studied for 80 years, not only looking at safety and efficacy but the prevention of disease states such as breast cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s dementia, Type 2 diabetes and so much more. There are hundreds of studies available to practitioners with regards to hormone pellet therapy, unfortunately most do not know where to find them nor take or have the time to research the studies.
Ready to get started?
Call 503-772-3297 to schedule your lab draw*. Once lab results are in (approx. 1 week after lab draw) you may schedule a comprehensive review of all lab results. If you have recent lab results (within the past 6 months) we may be able to use those to determine your eligibility, as long as they include the following:
WOMEN Estradiol Testosterone, Total FSH TSH T4,Total T3, Free CBC T.P.O. Thyroid Peroxidase CMP Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy Vitamin B12 Lipid Panel (cholesterol, optional)
MEN Estradiol Testosterone, Free & Total PSA, Total TSH T4,Total T3, Free CBC T.P.O. Thyroid Peroxidase CMP Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy Lipid Panel (cholesterol, optional)
*Your insurance may cover the required pre and post pelleting labs. Our lab, Quest Diagnostics, can bill your insurance directly. If you are not covered by insurance, or you have a high deductible, a full lab panel is offered through Bridgeport Laser & Wellness Center for $225. Although we do not bill insurance directly for pelleting procedures, it is possible your insurance provider may reimburse you for all or part of the pelleting fee. Please contact your insurance company to find out if bio-identical hormone replacement is a reimbursable expense.
NEW PATIENT FORMS: BHRT New Patient Pkg-Female
Please complete and submit your new patient paperwork at least 48 hrs. prior to your appointment.
Are you a good candidate? Watch the pre-consult video below:
“My husband wanted me to tell you that the pelleting was the “best investment EVER!” Haha, he has already seen such a huge improvement (perhaps my implied wink will let you know where especially). And I can tell you that the relief and daily improvement has been vast for me, too. No headaches, a marked improved mood — no depression! less anxiety! — and much better sleep. My skin is looking better, too. The outcome has been wonderful. I had no idea to what extent I must have been suffering until it was absent.”
~ DC, Portland, OR (3 weeks after hormone replacement)