Tampa Hormone Optimization and Age Management

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy in Tampa

  • Lose weight and increase lean muscle mass
  • Increases sexual desire and function
  • Helps your bone density
  • Look younger by reducing wrinkles and restoring elasticity
  • Feel more energetic
  • Restores the thickness of your hair
  • Improves your mood and you feel better
  • Increases your memory and cognitive skills
  • Sleep better
  • Helps with your headaches
  • Helps with incontinence and urinary urgency and frequency
  • Relieves joint pain
  • Relieves night sweats
  • Improves the risk of developing cancer, osteoporosis, stroke, thyroid malfunction and other age-related disorders.

Symptoms can begin as early as 30 years of age and many are misdiagnosed and mistreated with anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, sleeping pills, adult ADD medications among others.

Hormone Pellet Therapy

Hormone pellet therapy is a bioidentical hormone replacement that is injected under the skin, releasing a steady stream of hormones for about four to six months. The pellets are no larger than a Tic Tac and have been used since the 1930s in the treatment of hormonal imbalances.

The bioidentical hormones or natural hormones are made from plant sources of testosterone and estrogen and do not carry the same risks as traditional HRT therapy. For example, they do not cause breast cancer like Premarin or other HRT therapies. By allowing a consistent amount of hormone to be released into the bloodstream, this method ensures that there are no highs and lows in hormone levels that can cause unwanted side effects. The amount of hormones absorbed by the body is predictable and measurable.

If you are interested in hormone pellet therapy in Tampa, contact Arviv Aesthetics today to schedule a consultation.

PELLETS STARTED IN THE 1930’s and there is more data to support the use of pellets than any other method of delivery of hormones. They are frequently used in Europe and Australia where pharmaceutical companies produce pellets. Most of the research on pellets is out of England and Australia with some from Germany and the Netherlands. Pellets were frequently used in the United States from about 1940 through the late 70s, early 80s when patented estrogens were marketed to the public. In fact, some of the most exciting data on hormone implants in breast cancer patients is out of the United States.

Pellets do not have the same risk of breast cancer as high doses of oral estrogens, like Premarin, that do not maintain the correct estrogen ratio or hormone metabolites. Nor, do they increase the risk of breast cancer like the synthetic, chemical progestins used in the Women’s Health Initiative Trial. In fact, data supports that balanced hormones are breast protective.

Any time estradiol is prescribed, progesterone is also prescribed. There are progesterone (not progestin) receptors in the bone, brain, heart, breast and uterus. Progesterone can be used as a topical cream, a vaginal cream, oral capsule, or sublingual drops or capsules. If a patient is pre-menopausal she uses the progesterone the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle.

Hormone levels will be drawn and evaluated before therapy is started. Levels will be reevaluated during hormone therapy at 4-6 weeks and again in 3-5 months. After the first years of therapy hormones levels are followed less frequently.

Patients can achieve consistent absorption of the proper, predictable levels of hormones their bodies need with pellet therapy.

Benefits of Estrogen

Estrogen is well-known as the female hormone produced in the ovaries. However, many are unaware that the body has estrogen receptors everywhere. It is utilized in over 400 hundred different functions. Some of these include:

  • Maintaining bone density
  • Regulates body temperature (which is why women suffer from hot flashes during menopause)
  • Increasing HDL or “good” cholesterol
  • Decreasing LDL cholesterol
  • Helping in the formation of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters like serotonin which decreases depression, anxiety, and pain sensitivity
  • Maintaining the collagen in your skin
  • Increasing libido
  • Increasing your metabolism, making it easier to lose weight

Benefits of Testosterone

Like estrogen, testosterone has receptors all over the body, making it a necessary part of the body’s metabolism. Produced in the adrenal glands and the ovaries, testosterone has a number of functions including:

  • Increasing libido
  • Decreasing body fat
  • Increasing levels of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine in the brain, giving your mood a boost and decreasing irritability
  • Helping to prevent memory loss
  • Increasing muscle mass and strength
  • Helping prevent the deterioration of bone density
  • Protecting the Breast against breast cancer
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy in Tampa
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WHAT MIGHT OCCUR AFTER A PELLET INSERTION

A significant hormonal transition will occur in the first four weeks after the insertion of your hormone pellets. Therefore, certain changes might develop that can be bothersome.

  • FLUID RETENTION: Testosterone stimulates the muscle to grow and retain water, which may result in a weight change of two to five pounds. This is only temporary. This happens frequently with the first insertion, and especially during hot, humid weather conditions.
  • SWELLING OF THE HANDS & FEET: This is common in hot and humid weather. It may be treated by drinking lots of water, reducing your salt intake, taking cider vinegar capsules daily, (found at most health and food stores) or by taking a mild diuretic, which the office can prescribe.
  • UTERINE SPOTTING/BLEEDING: This may occur in the first few months after an insertion, especially if you have been prescribed progesterone and are not taking properly: i.e. missing doses, or not taking a high enough dose. Please notify the office if this occurs. Bleeding is not necessarily an indication of a significant uterine problem. More than likely, the uterus may be releasing tissue that needs to be eliminated. This tissue may have already been present in your uterus prior to getting pellets and is being released in response to the increase in hormones.
  • MOOD SWINGS/IRRITABILITY: These may occur if you were quite deficient in hormones. They will disappear when enough hormones are in your system. 5HTP can be helpful for this temporary symptom and can be purchased at many health food stores.
  • FACIAL BREAKOUT: Some pimples may arise if the body is very deficient in testosterone. This lasts a short period of time and can be handled with a good face cleansing routine, astringents and toner. If these solutions do not help, please call the office for suggestions and possibly prescriptions.
  • HAIR LOSS: Is rare and usually occurs in patients who convert testosterone to DHT. Dosage adjustment generally reduces or eliminates the problem. Prescription medications may be necessary in rare cases.
  • HAIR GROWTH: Testosterone may stimulate some growth of hair on your chin, chest, nipples and/or lower abdomen. This tends to be hereditary. You may also have to shave your legs and arms more often. Dosage adjustment generally reduces or eliminates the problem.

Prices are subject to change and personalized prices will be provided upon consultation.

INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS

Nutraceuticals

Optimize your bioidentical hormone replacement pellet therapy with specially formulated BioTE® Nutraceuticals! Ask your participating provider which supplements are right for you to better balance hormones.

DIM

This powerful, optimizing natural component balances the metabolism of estrogen in the body. Found in cruciferous vegetables, DIM can be beneficial for breast, uterine, cervical and prostate health. DIM is not a plant estrogen or an estrogen mimic like soy isoflavones, but rather an estrogen balancer. DIM stimulates more efficient metabolism for estrogen. DIM promotes beneficial, healthy estrogen metabolism in both women and men and frees testosterone from binding agents in your blood, which helps balance your hormones and makes you feel great!

ADK

The most powerful combination of protection and absorption for the body.

Probiotic

Probiotics are live microorganisms that are either the same as or similar to those found in the human body. Although we tend to think of bacteria as harmful “germs,” many bacteria actually help the body function properly. Probiotics aide a variety of gastrointestinal issues such as immune support. Probiotics are also used for preventing tooth decay and other oral health problems.

Omega 3

An important factor in maintaining healthy bodily functions. BioTE® Omega-3 aids in muscle activity, blood clotting prevention, digestion, fertility, and cell division and growth. Commonly used supplements that contain omega 3 include: fish oil (which provides EPA and DHA) and flaxseed oil (which provides ALA). DHA is vital for brain development and function. ALA is considered an “essential” fatty acid, meaning we obtain it through diet or supplements because the body cannot manufacture it. BioTE® Omega 3 is beneficial to the heart, eyes and brain, and helps with arthritis relief and infant development.

VITAMIN A

Required for the normal development, growth and maintenance of the bones.
Supports bone remodeling, which is our body’s way of removing old or weakened bone tissue to make room for new, stronger tissue. This remodeling process is critical to the repair process of the bone matrix to retain bone density. It also plays a role in stimulating bone-building cells to secrete proteins that are required for bone mineralization.

VITAMIN D3

Fat-soluble vitamin essential for maintaining normal calcium metabolism.
Supports calcium absorption in the stomach and helps maintain adequate blood levels of calcium and phosphate to enable normal mineralization of bone. It’s also needed for proper bone growth and remodeling. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle or misshapen. It also helps support normal cardiovascular function and healthy blood pressure.

VITAMIN K2

Plays an essential role in our health — cardiovascular disease is an illness of nutritional deficiency. Nutritional deficiency appears to be a factor in the development of diabetes and liver cancer. Plays an essential role in bone metabolism and promoting healthy teeth. It helps vitamin k2 guide calcium toward the areas of the body where it is needed (such as the skeleton) and away from areas where it could have a negative effect (such as the cardiovascular system).