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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Imbalance

Hormone Imbalance occurs in both women and Men when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. Hormones play an essential role in the body and an imbalance can result in a variety of signs and symptoms.

Most Common Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women Include:

•    Tiredness/Fatigue/Lack of motivation
•    Mood swings
•    Tension, anxiety
•    Depression
•    Sleep disturbances (Insomnia)
•    Decreased libido
•    Decreased mental clarity (fog)
•    Memory loss
•    Vaginal dryness
•    Decreased muscle mass
•    Weight gain (Increased belly fat)
•    Joint pain
•    Memory loss
•    Hot Flashes/Night sweats
•    Migraine/Menstrual headaches

Most Common Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Men Include:


•    Tiredness/Fatigue/Lack of motivation
•    Decreased muscle mass
•    Weight gain
•    Increased belly fat
•    Decreased sex drive
•    Loss of erectile function
•    Joint pain
•    Depression
•    Tension, anxiety
•    Mood swings
•    Irritability
•    Memory loss
•    Sleep disturbances/insomnia

Hormone Imbalance can also lead to negative long-term health conditions including:

•    Heart disease
•    Alzheimer’s
•    Cancers
•    Arthritis
•    Diabetes
•    Osteoporosis





Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an effective treatment using hormones that are identical to the hormones naturally made by your body. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has transformed the healthcare of men and women as they enter the later stages of life. It provides an alternative to hormones that are synthetic, such as injectable testosterone, or hormones concentrated from horse urine (Premarin). Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is made by compounding pharmacists in customized dosages based on the individual needs of the patient as opposed to the narrow choices available with mass-produced, or “one size fits all” hormone therapies.

A more natural approach to hormone therapy often referred to as “natural hormone therapy” has focused attention on bioidentical hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones that the male and female body naturally produces for itself. Although not found in this form in nature, they are derived and made from plant compounds extracted from yams and soy. The result is often the relief from symptoms of hormone deficiency, from insomnia, chronic fatigue, memory loss, and loss of libido.

Blood tests that measure total estradiol or testosterone are used to detect both a deficiency or excess of estrogen or testosterone the body produces as well as to monitor the effects of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. On the other hand, Premarin, the old standby estrogen used for decades, is metabolized into various forms of estrogen that can be dangerous and cannot be measured by standard laboratory tests. Proponents of bioidentical hormones say that an advantage is more precise monitoring of hormone levels and individualized treatment. Other benefits include calmer mood, reduced body fat, increased energy levels, increased sex drive, stronger mental clarity, and improved muscle tone and mass.

What is Pellet Therapy?

Riva MEDSPA has partnered with Hormone Therapy Centers of America and offers BHRT using HTCA’s Pellet Therapy. Bioidentical Pellet Therapy is a hormone replacement method which replaces the natural hormones men and women lose with age. The pellets contain either estradiol or testosterone, which are pressed, or fused into tiny solid cylinders. When administered they deliver consistent and healthy levels of hormones for 3-5 months in women and 4-6 months in men.

The implantation of hormone pellets is a simple and relatively painless procedure performed under local anesthesia to “numb” the skin. The BHRT pellets are inserted in the upper buttocks through a small incision. Your Riva medical provider will determine the correct dosage of hormones that will be used, as evident by results from a blood test.
Pellets dissolve inside the body on their own and are re-implanted as needed depending on how rapidly the patient metabolizes the hormones. Pellets avoid the fluctuations of hormone levels seen with other methods of delivery, providing more consistent hormone levels over a longer period.

Why Pellet Therapy?

There are many delivery methods that can be utilized to administer BHRT; however, data shows the most efficient method by way of absorption and availability to deliver hormones in both men and women is by pellet therapy. Pellet Therapy provides many benefits to both men and females.

HTCA Pellet Therapy vs traditional delivery methods:

•    Most convenient HRT Method (2-4 times per year)
•    The only long-term solution for HRT
•    Consistent administration of hormones (No rollercoaster effect)
•    Relief of Hormone Imbalance Symptoms 75-100%
•    Protection against age-related Diseases

HTCA Pellet Therapy Symptomatic Benefits:

•    Increased energy
•    Enhanced sexual libido
•    Improved mental clarity
•    Reduced body fat
•    Decreased depression/anxiety
•    A healthy sense of well-being
•    Better sleep
•    Fewer night sweats/hot flashes

HTCA Pellet Therapy can also protect your patients from age-related conditions such as:

•    Heart disease
•    Cancers
•    Diabetes
•    Alzheimer’s
•    Arthritis
•    Osteoporosis

To learn more about Bioidentical Hormone Therapy or to schedule your appointment call Riva MEDSPA @ (757) 278-9888.