Estrogen is a hormone that possess many functions and naturally occurs in the bodies of both men and women. In women, estrogen is most commonly associated with reproduction - it prompts the menstrual cycle and develops the female body’s secondary sex characteristics. However, in both sexes, estrogen is responsible for many facets of bone health, cholesterol metabolism and the thickness and collagen content of skin. In men, one form of estrogen called estradiol is responsible for the formation and maturation of sperm.
In women, estrogen levels are reduced as they get older. Hormone levels in women drop most dramatically during perimenopause (immediately before menopause) and during menopause. In fact, after female menopause, many men may have higher estrogen levels than women! If a woman has had a radical hysterectomy, involving the removal of both ovaries, her estrogen levels will struggle significantly, as the ovaries primarily responsibility is estrogen production. Although adrenal glands produce some estrogen, as does fat tissue, this is often not enough to effectively balance and maintain women’s hormone levels.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is a form of treatment that has existed in the United States for many decades. Synthetic hormone replacement therapy is very commonly used by women to provide relief during the transitional state of menopause. Synthetic hormones are typically derived from pregnant mare urine. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones whose structure is identical to the hormones within the human body.
Estrogen pellets are primarily prescribed to treat the effects of menopause. Estrogen pellets may also be able to treat chronically low mood, poor bone density and improve cardiovascular health. Do you suffer from any of the conditions listed above? Get started with estrogen pellet therapy by finding your local Certified BioTE Medical Provider on our Find a Provider page.
BioTE Medical only offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in the form of subcutaneous pellets and with over a million insertions performed in the company’s history, we have seen many lives changed with optimized hormones. If any of the hormone imbalance symptoms mentioned above ring a bell for you, or remind you of someone you love, BioTE Medical encourages you to use our Find a Provider tool or our Nominate your Provider tool for BioTE certification to begin your journey to wellness today.