With life expectancy increasing significantly over the past 10 years, many men and women desire to continue leading active lives, working and playing well into their 80’s. However, during the 5th-6th decades of their lives, normal changes in their bodies may prevent them from obtaining that goal. Cheryl Felt, MSN, APN-C, at Virapel in Voorhees, New Jersey can help aging patients maintain youthful energy and health well into their later years with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy with Pellets Q & A
Why is BHRT important?
As we get older, our bodies produce less of the hormones we need, especially testosterone in men, and estrogen and testosterone in women. This decrease in hormone production is permanent unless it’s replaced. That’s where BHRT comes in: It replaces your body’s hormonal processes, allowing you to continue leading an active life.
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced by organic materials, such as yams and soybeans. The extracts of this material are sent to a compounding pharmacist where, after a series of chemical reactions, estrogen and testosterone are produced. These hormones are the exact molecular structure that’s produced by the body prior to women experiencing menopause and men with symptoms of testosterone deficiency.
The receptor cells in your body respond to these hormones exactly as they would respond to the hormones produced by your own ovaries and testes. BHRT returns levels to their normal, more youthful levels. This eliminates many of the symptoms associated with the loss of estrogen and testosterone.
How are bioidentical hormones administered?
At Virapel, we treat hormone deficiency in men and women by utilizing pellets. These individually prepared pellets, supplied by an accredited compounding pharmacy, are the size of a grain of rice and are implanted under the skin. They’re continuously absorbed over 3-5 months in women, and over 4-6 months in men. Pellets have been used successfully since 1939 and studies have shown that they help maintain a constant therapeutic blood level until the next insertion is indicated.
Insertion dates are determined by observing your symptoms and specific lab data. The pellets eliminate the need to take daily hormone pills, creams, or gels, as well as the possibility of exposure of the creams or gels to others.
*Individual Results May Vary