Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy (BHRT) using the SottoPelle® method of hormone pellet therapy involves replacing hormones that diminish in production as we age back to their original levels to help us achieve emotional and physical wellness.
BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
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Bio-identical means the hormones were derived from plants, then changed chemically to be indistinguishable from our own hormones. The hormones are compressed into pellets and are inserted about one-quarter to one inch beneath the surface of the skin. These pellets continuously release hormones into the blood system, which is different from pills, creams, patches, or injections that dispense in fluctuating levels. Pellets also respond to changes in blood flow in the body related to situations such as exercise, anxiety, or stress. The increase in hormone secretions into the blood system mimics what the body would do naturally in these types of situations.
What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement?
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy in the form of pellets placed beneath the skin are for both men and women, and treat symptoms such as:
Why do we need hormones?
We need balanced hormones to live healthy lives. As we age, our hormone levels decline. With an imbalance of hormones come several symptoms. Women will experience hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, weight gain, and decrease in libido and memory. Men also experience a host of symptoms as they age and their hormones become imbalanced. This male version of menopause is called “andropause.” Men experience symptoms including chronic fatigue, energy loss, low sex drive, decrease in physical agility, memory loss, and weight gain. Replacing the hormones using the SottoPelle® method offered at Allura can help men and women return their hormones to healthy levels and improve their life.
How does bio-identical hormone replacement therapy work?
When ovaries or testicles function properly, hormones are released into the bloodstream in correct amounts. During menopause and andropause, the ovaries and testicles slow down their production of estrogen and testosterone until they reach a point where they are no longer able to keep up with the body’s demand. Using pellet replacements, the pellets are able to take over the job of the ovaries and testicles.
Once you decide bio-identical hormone replacement therapy using subcutaneous pellets is right for you, hormone labs will be ordered. The results provide your Provider with your baseline hormone levels. These levels along with your symptoms, age, and medical history will be taken into account in determining your replacement doses.
When inserted under the skin the pellets deliver a constant stream of hormones into your blood stream twenty four hours per day, seven days a week. No other bi-identical hormone delivery method can provide the consistent delivery of balanced hormones that are needed for a healthy life.
How are pellets inserted?
The pellets are inserted through a very small incision into the right or left buttock. It’s a simple and relatively painless procedure and takes less than five minutes. No sutures are needed, as the incision is dressed with steri-strips. Women are instructed to avoid vigorous exercises for 3-5 days while men must avoid vigorous exercises for 5-7 days.
Disclosure: Our providers studied and trained with Dr. Gino Tutera, the physician who developed the SottoPelle® method of administering bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with pellets. Allura is not a SottoPelle® office. We have only been trained by Dr. Gino Tutera and SottoPelle®. In turn, his office bears no responsibility for management of Allura’s patients.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement is also available for men.
If you have any questions about products, procedures, or potential for results, don’t hesitate to call us at 970.223.0193 or visit our Fort Collins or Loveland clinic.
*Excluded from free consultation offer. Consults available for $100.