Testosterone Replacement / BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone Replacement / BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

What are Hormones and Why Do They Decrease?

Hormones are nothing more than messenger molecules. They transmit a message from one part of the body to the cells of another, stimulating those cells to act in a specific way. Our body begins to produce less hormones starting around the age of 30 and it is estimated that testosterone levels decrease by 1-2% per year.
Lifestyle factors can also reduce testosterone levels including diet, exercise, alcohol and tobacco consumption, birth control use, and others.
 
As the years go by, we have fewer of these special messengers within our bodies which means that the signals they are transmitting become less effective impacting crucial biological processes.

Hormone Replacement for Men

Why It's Important for Men

Andropause (also known as male menopause) is the gradual decline in testosterone levels in middle-aged men. These declining testosterone levels have numerous signs and symptoms, and may include among others:

  • Weakness- Fatigue
  • Disturbed Sleep
  • Reduced Libido
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heard Disease
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Reduced Muscle Mass

Main Benefits for Men

Many men with low testosterone levels who undergo testosterone treatment report improved sex drive, boosted mood, and increased energy levels.Testosterone also increases bone density, muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity in men.

Hormone Replacement for Women

Why It's Important for Women

In the female body, one of the most prominent components is a hormone known as estrogen. However, as women age, especially after their reproductive years, they often struggle to maintain the right estrogen balance. A decline in estrogen levels can increase the risk of a fracture from osteoporosis, and heart disease—the most common cause of death in women across sthe globe.

Main Benefits for Women

Women who take natural bioidentical hormones often find they can regain some of the many perks of proper estrogen levels. When taking these types of hormones, many women experience a boost in energy levels, mood and libido.
 
According to the Journal of American Medical Association, post-menopausal women who take estrogen replacement therapy, also known as ERT, also experience increased brain function and better memory retrieval. Taking estrogen hormones cannot only reverse some of the signs of post-menopausal aging but actually help improve overall health and function.

Additional Benefits for Women

BLOOD PRESSURE

Decreasing blood pressure and plaque accumulation in the arteries

METABOLISM

Increasing metabolic rate
 

BODY TEMPERATURE

Regulating body temperature

REDUCE MEDICAL RISK

Decreasing risk of cataracts, colon cancer, glaucoma and tooth loss

BONE DENSITY

Helping maintain bone density

MAGNESIUM

Enhancing magnesium uptake and utilization

DIFFERENT FORMS

For female hormone replacement therapy, NovaVita Wellness Centers offers:

  • Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).
    This treatment offers bioidentical, plant-based testosterone and estrogen placement which occurs every 3-4 months.
 

For male hormone replacement therapy, NovaVita Wellness Centers offers 2 different forms of treatment:

  • BHRT every 4-5 months
  • TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) given weekly.
 
To learn more about each option, please see below.

WHAT IS TRT?

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a type of hormone replacement therapy designed to restore healthy testosterone levels in someone who suffers from low T. At this point in a man’s body, it lacks endogenous production of a necessary hormone, so it needs to be “replaced” with an exogenous source. TRT is that replacement.
 

At NovaVita Wellness Centers, exogenous testosterone is injected 1-2 times per week to bring testosterone levels back to a healthy range.

 
While the majority of males on TRT are over the age of 50, younger men are taking action into their own hands and having their testosterone levels checked with easy, in-house labs at NovaVita.
 
Although this therapy has greatly increased in the US over the last couple of decades, testosterone was initially synthesized in a lab setting in 1935 and has been used clinically ever since. (2) Testosterone has become one of the top most prescribed medications in the United States over the last 10 years. (1)

TYPES OFFERED

At NovaVita Wellness Centers, we offer 2 different types of testosterone. Our practitioner will review all optionsduring the consultation and help the client decide which treatment is best for each individual.

Testosterone Cypionate

Testosterone Cypionate is an injectable form of exogenous testosterone. This form is longer acting due to the number of carbon bonds and the time it takes for them to be broken down. It is the most popular form in the United States for treating Low T.

Testosterone Enanthate

Testosterone Enanthate is another form of injectable exogenous testosterone. Due to its chemical formula, it is faster acting than other forms. This form is less available in the United States and is much more popular in Europe and the UK.

TRT Process

What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy: Pro-Pell (BHRT) at NovaVita Wellness Centers, is a revolutionary method for aiding hormonal balance for men and women with minimal side effects and fewer medical office visits. These pellets are the most natural way to promote the balance of hormones in men and women. They deliver a consistent release of hormone levels over an extended period of time, typically 3–6 months.

Why to Choose BHRT Versus Other HRT Methods:

Every man and every woman is unique. That is why NovaVita Wellness Centers works closely with compounding specialists to provide customized BHRT pellets in the best strength and dosage form to meet an individual’s specific needs and minimize the potential for side effects. Each dose is tailored to the individual patient based on a blood panel and a comprehensive analysis by a health care professional. When compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, studies show that pellets are superior for the relief of menopausal symptoms, maintenance of bone density, restoration of sleep patterns, improved sex drive, libido, sexual response, and performance. Even patients who have failed other types of hormonetherapy have a very high success rate with pellets.

BHRT PROCESS

1. Comprehensive Initial Consultation:

An initial consultation with one of our healthcare providers will review your needs, goals, lifestyle, and other individual factors to begin creating a treatment specific to you as an individual.

2. Blood Panel:

Following the consultation, a laboratory will provide an in-depth report based upon a blood panel to identify target areas to help you achieve your unique hormone balance. This will focus on micronutrient levels, hormones, and other factors discussed in your consultation to further customize your replacement therapy.

3. Dosage Calculator:

Our customized dosing calculator uses a 2-step process to gather patient information regarding lifestyle and behavior, sleep patterns, stress factors, and hormone influence to identify the initial criteria for the patient. We use this information with other important clinical data, medical history, current medications, and more to further identify needs and areas if and where medications may be helpful. An individualized custom dose will be recommended for each patient based on the criteria. 

4. Customized Treatment Plan:

Your personal treatment plan will be made up of a variety of factors based on your results.

The goals of your procedure:
 
• Alleviate the symptoms caused by the natural decrease in production of hormones by the body • Provide the protective benefits which were originally provided by naturally occurring hormones
•Re-establish a hormonal balance
 
The procedure is conducted on-site at Nova Vita Wellness Centers and typically takes 10–15 minutes. Most people are comfortable resuming daily activities immediately after their appointment.

5. Follow-Up Consultations:

These pellets are the most natural way to promote the balance of hormones in men and women. They deliver a consistent release of hormone levels over an extended period of time, typically 3–6 months.

FAQ

Pellets are made up of either estradiol or testosterone. The hormones, estradiol or testosterone, are pressed or fused into very small solid cylinders. These pellets are larger than a grain of rice and smaller than a ‘Tic Tac’. In the United States, pellets are made by a licensed compounding pharmacist and delivered in sterile glass vials.

Some of the symptoms you might be experiencing might include excessive weight gain, low libido or sex drive, mood swings, insomnia or trouble sleeping, depression, and or irritability. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you might be a candidate for BHRT pellet therapy.

Pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3-6 months, depending on the dosage. They avoid the fluctuations, or ups and downs, of hormone levels seen with every other method of delivery. It is the fluctuation in hormones that causes many of the unwanted side effects and symptoms a patient experiences. Pellets do not increase the risk of blood clots like conventional or synthetic hormone replacement therapy.In studies, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellets have been shown to be superior for relief of menopausal symptoms, maintenance of bone density, restoration of sleep patterns, improved sex drive, libido, sexual response and performance. Even patients who have failed other types of hormone therapy have a very high success rate with pellets. In addition, there is no other method of hormone delivery that is as convenient for the patient as pellets.

Transform is a program created for patients.

After pellets are inserted, patients may notice that they have more energy, sleep better and feel happier. Muscle mass and bone density will increase while fatty tissue decreases. Patients may notice increased strength, coordination and physical performance. They may see an improvement in skin tone and hair texture. Concentration and memory may improve as will overall physical and sexual health.

Transform is a program created for patients.

Some patients begin to “feel better” within 24-48 hours while others may take a week or two to notice a difference.Transform is a program created for patients. 

The pellets usually last between 3 and 5 months in women and 5-6 months in men. High levels of stress, physical activity, some medications and lack of sleep may increase the rate at which the pellet absorb and may require that pellets are inserted sooner in some patients.

The pellets do not need to be removed. They completely dissolve on their own.

Testosterone levels begin to decline in men beginning in their 30’s. Most men maintain adequate levels of testosterone into their mid-40’s to mid-50’s, some into their late 70’s early 80’s. Men should be tested when they begin to show signs of testosterone deficiency. Even men in their 30’s can be testosterone deficient and show signs of bone loss. Most men need to be tested around 50 years of age. It is never too late to benefit from hormone therapy.

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