"What are the benefits of BHRT for women?"
BHRT can reduce the incidence and severity of various menopausal symptoms like hot flashes/night sweats, vaginal dryness, loss of libido. It also helps to decrease the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, loss of memory loss/loss of cognitive function. Adequate estrogen and testosterone replacement for women can improve the following:
- Muscle tone
- Emotional health
- Sexual well-being
- Energy level
- Mental sharpness
What are the benefits of BHRT for men?
As men age, they may also experience a decrease in testosterone that results in andropause ("low T", or male menopause). Symptoms can include fatigue, weight gain, decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, loss of muscle mass, irritability. Testosterone replacement can help to reduce these symptoms by providing a bioidentical testosterone. Treatment can restore energy, libido and sexual function, improve mood and mental clarity and improve weight.
What are hormone pellets and how are they used?
Dr. Kodama offers SottoPelle bioidentical hormone pellets. Hormone pellets are small cylinders of solid, purified hormone estrogen or testosterone, about the size of a grain of rice. After your consultation and lab work review with Dr. Kodama, the precise amount of replacement hormone your body needs is calculated. The pellets are inserted through a small incision in the skin after placement of local numbing medication. The pellets safely and effectively resolve the symptoms associated menopause and andropause. Pellets provide long-term delivery of the hormones that you need, and may be more convenient for some patients over pills, creams, patches or injections.
How soon can you experience the results of pellet hormone replacement?
How the pellets behave varies from person to person. You may begin to feel better the next day after insertion, or it might take a week or two to notice any improvement. Typically, the pellets last between four and six months. Once your body absorbs all the hormones, your pellets completely dissolve on their own.
Certain behaviors or triggers can increase the absorption rate of your pellets. These include:
- High levels of stress
- High levels of physical activity
- Certain medications
- Lack of sleep
As a result of the quicker absorption, Dr. Kodama may need to insert the next round of pellets sooner than expected.