Hormone Replacement Therapy
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates 4 to 5 million American men may suffer from low testosterone, but only 5% are currently treated. This translates into approximately 250,000 men being treated. This means that there is over 4,750,000 men who are untreated. If you are reading this, you could be one of them. Andropause or male menopause is the male equivalent of female menopause. In andropause there is decreased production of testosterone or bioavailability of testosterone. The most common symptom associated with andropause is a decrease in libido and loss of morning erections. In addition to decrease testosterone it is also possible to have concurrent increase of estrogen. The slow decline in bioavailable testosterone in men has been largely ignored until recently. Men experience a steady decline in testosterone starting in their 30’s. The symptoms, often ignored, as fatigue, abdominal weight gain, lethargy, depression, decrease in muscle mass, decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. The decline is often precipitated by other medical conditions such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, obesity, stress and poor overall lifestyle choices. Men who are treated with Hormone Replacement Therapy can experience the following results: Increase Sex Drive, Weight Loss, Increase Energy, Reduce Pain, Enhance Mood, Regain Strength and Vitality, and Improve Memory and Mental Focus. Types of male testosterone replacement offered at Forever Young Health and Wellness include testosterone shots and bioidentical hormone pellets.
Testosterone injections are prescribed to men suffering from hypogonadism (low testosterone). How do you know if you qualify? We will take comprehensive blood tests that include your total testosterone, free testosterone, estradiol (estrogen) and others to properly evaluate your levels. Since testosterone injections are injected directly into the muscle, they do not need chemical additives to help permeate the skin like gels, creams and patches do. The transdermal process of those other methods can cause some significant side effects that can be even result in permanent long-term health issues. If used properly, testosterone injections have the lower risk for health problems compared transdermal application methods. Testosterone injections are preferred over gels and creams because they are proven to be the most effective method. Some men can bathe in testosterone gel or cover their body in testosterone patches and still not get enough testosterone into their blood stream. If used properly, testosterone injections have a 100% effective rate. You are injecting exogenous (external) testosterone straight into your body your testosterone levels are guaranteed to go up. Another reason injections are preferred is that you only have to focus on your testosterone treatment once a week. The rest of the week you can live your life without having to worry about the constant application of topical gels and you also don’t have to worry about your medication rubbing off on family members. The goal is to stabilize your testosterone levels within an optimal range all the time. If your hormone range is too inconsistent, you may deal with mood swings, fatigue and other unnecessary side effects. If testosterone alone was injected directly into the body, it would absorb too quickly and you would be forced to constantly inject yourself in order to maintain optimal levels. Luckily, scientists have developed ways to slow down the absorption process attaching esters of different chain lengths to the testosterone. The longer the ester chain, the slower it breaks down. The slower the ester breaks down, the slower the testosterone is absorbed into the blood stream. This rate of absorption is known as the half-life. By attaching esters that have a half-life of a few days or even longer than a week; men can go about their lives without having to focus on their testosterone therapy every day. Testosterone cypionate injections are most commonly made using testosterone combined with cottonseed oil. Testosterone cypionate has a half-life of approximately seven to ten days. This is great for guys who want a low maintenance option for their testosterone replacement therapy.
Pellet hormone therapy achieves the sustained levels of testosterone that would be produced by normally functioning testicles. This form of therapy is the only kind that produces the natural level of hormone that men need. Because the testosterone used is totally natural, pellet hormone replacement is ideal for men wanting the benefits of a natural hormone, without the drawbacks of a synthetic. Moreover, many studies show optimal testosterone levels in men, over 800, have preventive effects for many disease states such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, prostate cancer, osteoporosis, and more. Typical oral and transdermal forms of therapy produce “roller coaster” blood levels of testosterone, which can result in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient. Roller-coaster levels of hormones do not have the same long-term benefits as steady-state hormone in the bloodstream. All natural, bio-identical hormones, which are derived from plant sources and are identical to those produced in the body, can help men to overcome the symptoms of imbalances. Optimizing hormone levels will produce results backed by science, for maximum lifestyle benefits. The goal for every patient is to achieve peak hormone levels for a balanced, healthy, and rewarding lifestyle. The optimal hormonal treatment is to return the body’s hormones to more youthful levels that are balanced. With Bio-identical Hormone Pellets, the vast majority of men will notice markedly improved strength, endurance, and muscle mass. They will demonstrate improvement in workouts, cardiovascular conditioning, physical activity, and stamina. Bio-identical Hormones positively effects sex drive and sexual performance with improved erection quality in most men.
Natural levels of hormones in the female body decline with age, and for most, there is a belief that this is just nature taking its course. The fact is that this hormonal decline negatively affects a woman’s life and health. Forever Young Health and Wellness offers ways to relieve or eliminate unwanted symptoms of hormonal imbalance through our bioidentical hormone replacement. Our treatment protocol attempts to return the body’s hormones to more youthful levels that are balanced. The vast majority of women will notice markedly improved energy levels, improved mood, increased metabolism, and improved sex drive. Forever Young Health and Wellness will measure hormone levels with a simple blood test. A consultation with an experienced health care provider will confirm if patients are candidates for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. All-natural, bio-identical hormones are derived from natural sources and their molecular structure is identical to those produced in the human body. Optimizing levels will produce results backed by science, for maximum lifestyle benefits. The goal for every patient is to achieve “optimum” hormone levels for a balanced, healthy, and rewarding lifestyle. In studies, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellet hormone therapy has been shown to be extremely effective for relief of menopausal symptoms; maintenance of bone density; restoration of sleep patterns; improvement in sex drive, libido, sexual response and performance; relief of depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings; and many other symptoms. Pellet hormone replacement has been used to treat migraine and menstrual headaches. It also helps with symptoms such as vaginal dryness, incontinence, and urinary urgency and frequency. Moreover, hundreds of studies show natural testosterone to be highly preventive against health conditions such as breast cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. You may have heard about the poor results or undesirable application methods of other hormone replacement therapies. It’s all true. That’s why we use hormone pellet implantation as an option to achieve the maximum benefits. Data supports the benefit of hormone replacement with pellet implantation by achieving stable levels of hormone in the blood stream. Hormone balance is ultimately achieved when your levels are in a steady state. Hormone replacement with pellet implantation will rapidly achieve your goals of hormone balance with improved energy, vitality, memory, weight loss, and sexual desire. The hormone pellets are made in an accredited compounding pharmacy and consists of a small 2-3 mm solid cylinder about the size of a grain of rice. Using sterile technique, the physician will implant the pellet under the skin into a fat pad located in the hip or upper buttock region. Once the pellet is implanted it will immediately begin releasing a steady amount of hormone into the blood. Pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3-5 months in both men and women. Forever Young Health and Wellness orders compounded, customized prescriptions from an accredited compounding pharmacy that specializes in hormone replacement therapies. This allows for a customized dosage strength made just for you, and you alone. It will be based on your symptoms, your test results, and your lifestyle. Best of all, pellet implantation avoids the fluctuations, or ups and downs, of hormone levels seen with other delivery methods. As a result, maximum benefits are achieved with minimal side effects. Rest assured, throughout the entire treatment you’ll receive the very best in care and monitoring from our medical professionals.