Millions of women are needlessly suffering from the symptoms associated with aging and menopause because they are unaware of the benefits of bioidentical hormone pellet therapy. This simple procedure offers a safe and effective solution without any of the potential risks of synthetic hormone therapy, and should become the standard of care for treating this common condition.
Every day approximately 5000 womenin the U.S. turn 50 years old, which happens to be the average age for the onset of menopause. The signs and effects of the menopause transition can begin as early as age 35, and in some cases even sooner. Studies have shown that approximately 75% of these women seek some form of lifestyle, dietary, or medical solutions to relieve their symptoms. In addition to those entering menopause due to aging, a shocking statistic is that one-third of all women in the U.S. have had hysterectomies. After their operations, these women are prematurely thrown into “surgical” menopause and suffer from the same symptoms.
In addition to these symptoms that you can “feel” there are many physiological benefits toward your overall health that can be achieved with bioidentical hormone therapy. Among these benefits, these hormones can decrease cholesterol, improve cardiovascular health, decrease blood pressure, help with diabetes and insulin resistance, improve osteoporosis, help to treat Alzheimer’s, and can improve your chances of avoiding certain kinds of cancer
Premarin and Prempro, the top selling synthetic hormone replacement drugs, were inaccurately reported to significantly increase the risk of cancer and heart disease in a 2002 study called the Women’s Health Initiative. This was a faulty conclusion made from poor interpretation of the data, which led to widespread concerns about it’s use among women that would have benefited from treatment. Within a few years, the total sales of Premarin was reduced by 50%. However, the data was reexamined by a large group of various specialists in July of 2012. This group of 15 medical societies issued a consensus public statement stating overall that synthetic hormone replacement therapy is safe, effective, and often the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks.
Having said that, the bioidentical hormone pellets that we use are derived from plant based sources, that do not carry the inherent risks that possibly could be present with synthetic hormones. Furthermore, our delivery method of the hormones via pellet insertion under the skin avoids the liver metabolism that occurs with oral forms. Potential serious adverse effects that could occur would do so only after metabolism by the liver, which our method avoids. Dr. Kent Holtorf recently published a peer reviewed medical article of 196 research studies and concluded that bioidentical hormones do not have the negative side effects of synthetic chemical hormones and in no way relate to the conclusions reached by the WHI study.
Premarin (which stands for PREgnant MARe uRINe), is a synthetic hormone produced by chemically altering the equine estrogen hormone extracted from urine of a pregnant horse. This chemical hormone analog, is then put into pill form and given to humans with the intention of replenishing the hormones that have decreased during menopause. The unfortunate truth is that this method of treatment for menopause is still the current “standard” of conventional medicine, when a far superior method of delivery readily exists–pellet insertions. The bottom line is that there are absolutely no medically sound reasons that a horse hormone should be given to a human when the exact biologically identical hormone is available, which we provide with our bioidentical hormone pellets.
Bioidentical hormones used by Utah Stem Cells physicians are identical to the hormones that are produced by human endocrine glands in structure and function. Thus, your body recognizes these hormones as if it produced them itself. The body utilizes the bioidentical hormones and its own endogenous hormones in exactly the same way. Bioidentical hormones from a compounding pharmacy are not mass produced, so they can be customized to meet the specific needs of the individual patient. Utah Stem Cells’s physicians can easily fine tune the dosing regimen to optimize the clinical effects, along with the hormone blood levels, which improves the patient’s response.
The raw materials used to manufacture our hormone pellets are approved by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). The original source material is also certified and they are purchased only from manufacturers that provide approved 3rd party certificates of analysis that verifies the sterility, potency, and that the sample is free of toxins. The FDA has approved the use of these USP approved raw materials for compounding prescriptions. Bioidentical hormones have been proven to be safe and effective