William B. Miller, D.O. of Virapel – Bioidentical Doctor New Jersey
With life expectancy increasing significantly over the past 10 years, many men and women desire to continue an active life, both working and playing, until well into their 80’s. However, during the 5th-6th decades of their lives, normal changes in their bodies may prevent them from obtaining that goal. Women experience menopause caused by the decrease in the production of estrogen and testosterone. In men, decreases in testosterone produce what is called andropause.
As we get older, our bodies produce less of the hormones we need, especially testosterone in men, and estrogen and testosterone in women. This decrease in hormone production is permanent unless it is replaced. Therefore, women and men have been demanding Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy so they can continue an active life. When looking for BHRT, one needs to ask three questions: What type of hormone should I use? How much hormone is appropriate? And, what is the best delivery system?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Programs
At Virapel, we use bioidentical hormones. These are hormones that are produced by organic materials such as yams and soybeans. The extracts of this material are sent to a compounding pharmacist where, after a series of chemical reactions, estrogen and testosterone are produced. These hormones are the exact molecular structure that is produced by the body prior to menopause and andropause. As a result, the receptor cells in the body respond to these hormones exactly as they would respond to the hormones produced by your own ovaries and testes. This eliminates many of the symptoms associated with the loss of estrogen and testosterone.
Bioidentical hormones are the same molecular structure that are produced by the body and therefore returns hormone levels to their normal, more youthful levels. This is not a “one size fits all” replacement therapy. After a thorough history, we use your own symptoms, weight, age, and your specific lab data to determine the right dose for you. We follow up with a recheck of your lab tests in 4 weeks to ensure we have given you the dose for your specific needs. Our patients are always involved in their care, and we review results with individual patients after their treatments are completed and determine if a booster is needed.
Bioidentical Hormones In Women
In women, low levels can of hormones can contribute to menopausal and premenopausal difficulties with hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and vaginal dryness. Women can also exhibit, mood swings, depression, headaches and loss of interest in sex. Menopausal symptoms that are eliminated or decreased include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and vaginal dryness. During menopause many women become depressed, irritable and moody. Some experience decreased mental clarity, weight gain, decreased energy, poor exercise tolerance, as well as a significant decrease in their sex drive and libido. BHRT significantly decreases or eliminates these symptoms.
Bioidentical Hormones In Men
Major symptoms of andropause include weight gain, decreased muscle mass, poor exercise tolerance, and decreased recovery time. Also, many men experience depression, decreased sex drive and libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased mental clarity and fatigue. Testosterone eliminates or improves these symptoms.
Bioidentical Hormone Delivery Methods
Our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy utilizes pellets. These individually prepared pellets are the size of a grain of rice and are implanted under the skin. They are fully absorbed over 3-5 months in women, and over 4-6 months in men. Pellets have been used successfully since 1939 and studies have shown that they maintain a constant therapeutic blood level until the next insertion is indicated. We determine the next insertion date by the patient’s symptoms and his or her specific lab data. The pellets eliminate the need to take daily pills, creams or gels, as well as the possibility of exposure of the creams or gels to others.
The use of bio identical hormone replacement therapy with pellets ensure that the patients get the exact amount of hormone when they need it. We treat everyone as an individual and replace hormones to the levels that will get the best results for each patient. As a boutique office, we only treat patients with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy with pellets. Virapel providers are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to ensure good communication with our patients.