Bio-Identical Hormones


The new speciality of Bio-identical hormones has now advanced to the point where a much higher quality of life can be maintained. Identification and treatment of hormonal deficiencies will optimize life style and quality of life.

Bio-identical hormonal therapy is a precision method of delivering the exact hormones the body needs to achieve a balanced state. These hormones are pressed into small pellets that are inserted under the skin where they release constant levels of hormones.

Low hormone level in females manifests itself as: 

In men, it manifests itself as: 

Where Are Pellet Implants Inserted?

Pellet insertion is a relatively simple in-office procedure done under local anesthesia. The pellets are inserted subcutaneously (under the fatty lining of skin), either in the lower abdomen or the upper buttocks through a very small incision. The incision is then closed with surgical glue or sterile-tape strips. If inserted correctly, patients cannot feel the implants under their skin. Implants placed under the skin consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones, which have been shown to have many benefits.

How Long Do Pellet Implants Last?

Pellet Implants typically last between 3-5 months, depending on how rapidly the hormones are metabolized. After insertion of the pellets, vigorous physical activity should be avoided for 2-3 days, or as suggested by the healthcare practitioner. Some patients begin to feel symptom relief within 48 hours, while others may take up to two weeks to notice a marked difference. The pellets do not need to be removed. They are completely dissolved by the body.

How Do I Know What Hormones I Need?

Before starting any hormone replacement therapy, Dr Fam orders hormone testing to evaluate the personal hormone profile. Based on existing hormone levels and health history, the practitioner will make a hormone replacement recommendation. Once pellets have been inserted, hormone levels will be reevaluated prior to the insertion of the next round of pellets. After the first year of therapy, Dr Fam may suggest testing less frequently based upon patient feedback and prior hormone levels.








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