Fort Wayne Physical Medicine is pleased to offer Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for women and men. This therapy will help restore and balance hormones to improve the quality of lives for patients.
BHRT is an all–natural bio-identical pellet therapy that is safe and effective. It is a unique hormone replacement method that delivers the right kind of hormone (biologically identical), in the right amounts (based on testing and proper analysis of your test results), using the right delivery system (pellets).
If you’ve ever tried other methods of hormone replacement, you may have experienced the emotional ups and downs they can produce. This is because your hormones were still unbalanced. BHRT addresses this side-effect. Our patients are delighted with the difference this therapy has made – from increased energy and vitality to a renewed sense of emotional and physical well-being. The pellets last from three to six months, so no need to take a daily pill or hassle with hand cream.
Is this therapy right for you? If you’d like to learn more about this therapy, please call our office to schedule a consultation and screening.
If you have or are experiencing any of these symptoms, BHRT may be a good option for you:
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Weight Gain
- Breast Tenderness
- Vaginal Dryness
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Joint Pain
- Migraine / Severe Headaches
- Mental Confusion
Women CAN feel healthy, vibrant and sexy throughout their entire lives. Women who use our Hormone Therapy achieve a natural healthy balance of hormones. Some of the many benefits they experience include:
- Enhanced libido and/or increased sex drive
- Decreased body fat and greater capacity to get in shape
- Reduced fatigue and increased energy levels
- Increased mental focus, clarity and concentration
- Improved memory
- Consistency in moods – reduction in feelings of anger, nervousness and irritability
- Relief from anxiety and depression
- Increased sense of overall well-being
- Protection from heart disease
If you have or are experiencing any of these symptoms, Hormone Therapy may be a good option for you:
- Decrease in general well-being
- Joint pain and muscle aches
- Excessive sweating
- Sleep problems
- Increased need for sleep, often feeling tired
- Exhaustion, lacking vitality
- Decrease in sexual desire/libido
When you hear the phrase “hormone replacement therapy,” you probably think we’re talking about menopausal women. But men need hormones too. Men experience a gradual decline in hormone production as they age. Beginning at age 30, men’s bodies manufacture less testosterone.
In recent years, hormonal needs for men have received national media attention. Until now, the only treatment options available are expensive, require daily consumption and in many cases, need to be carefully timed with their partner’s desire for sexual activity.
BHRT has helped thousands of men achieve the natural healthy balance of hormones their bodies need to maintain optimum well-being. Some of the many benefits they experience include:
- Enhancement of libido plus an increased sexual drive
- Increase in lean body mass and decrease in body fat
- Increase in muscle weight, size and strength
- Greater capacity for getting in shape
- Reduction in fatigue
- Increased energy levels
- Consistency in moods, reduction in anger, nervousness and irritability
- Increased mental focus, clarity of thought, easier maintained concentration
- Memory improvement
- Increased sense of overall well-being
Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQ — For Women and Men
Why are pellets better than patches, shots, creams or pills?
Pellets are pure hormones that are not metabolized into byproducts by going through the liver, stomach or skin. This delivery system allows your body to use the right amount of hormone from the pellet as the blood flow surrounding the pellets picks up what is needed.
Where do the pellets go?
Because pellets are pure hormone without fillers or synthetic ingredients, they completely dissolve.
How long will it take for my body to get back to lean normal?
That depends on your age, and how much you exercise and work out with weights. Testosterone decreases fat and increases muscle and lean body mass. Testosterone also increases your natural growth hormone and therefore will improve your stamina to work out and increase muscle mass.
Are there any side effects/and or complications with BioTE® pellets?
There are fewer side effects with BHRT pellets than traditional hormone therapies.
How long will it take for the pellets to get into my system and work?
Usually between 24-72 hours. Optimal effect occurs three weeks after insertion.
Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQ — For Women
How often will I need pellets?
Women usually need pelleted every 3-6 months.
I get horrible headaches. Will this help me?
Yes. We have had great success, especially with women who have menstrual migraines, and new migraines that appear after age 35.
Do I need to take other medication?
If you still have your uterus, you will need to be on natural progesterone as well.
Why do I need estrogen?
Estrogen is the most important hormone for a woman. It protects her against heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's disease. It also keeps us looking young and healthy.
Why do I need testosterone?
Testosterone is the third female hormone and is as essential as estrogen and progesterone. We need this hormone to keep our thought process quick and our libido healthy. It improves bone density, muscle mass, strength and prevents some types of depression. It is also the source of energy and solid sleep!
Will I grow unwanted hair from testosterone?
There is less chance of excess hair growth with natural testosterone than with synthetic hormones. Facial hair may grow with testosterone pellets, but this is an uncommon side effect.
Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQ — For Men
How often will I need pellets?
Men usually need pelleted every 5-6 months.
I have no libido. What will BHRT do for that, if anything?
Good hormone balance will greatly improve your libido; the addition of testosterone in pellet form will change everything for the better!
Does testosterone cause prostate cancer?
No. Metabolites of testosterone, dihyrotestosterone (DHT) and estrone cause prostate enlargement and contribute to prostate cancer. Estrone increases and testosterone decreases as men age and as men gain belly fat. Testosterone pellets are the only replacement that reverses that trend.
How do I take testosterone pellets and not convert them to dihyrotestosterone and estrone?
Your blood levels of estrone and DHT are checked after treatment to see if they are elevated. Some men still convert to these metabolites even on testosterone pellets. If they are converting, we troubleshoot with natural supplements such as Diindolylmethane (DIM) and Saw Palmetto, or an aromastase inhibitor prescription.
What if I have prostate enlargement already?
Testosterone pellets will make it better, if you do not convert it to DHT; we will treat that if it happens.
Will my testicles shrink while I take the testosterone pellets?
Yes, they will. Testicles are suppressed by taking any kind of testosterone and they will not make as much testosterone while the pellets are working. This is not permanent and the testicle retains its ability to produce testosterone.
49 year old female, Lagrange, IN
Amazing office staff! Dr. Reecer took all the time I needed to understand. Thank you all so much.
52 year old female, Fort Wayne, IN
I have had Hormone Replacement Therapy for many years, previously in Southern California. I was nervous moving back to Fort Wayne and finding someone to help me with this sensitive process here. I am thrilled with Dr. Reecer and his staff - with the expertise and care I receive here! Thank you so very much!
41 year old female, Lagrange, IN
(BioTE pellets) helps extremely with mood, joint pain, and libido. It makes me feel like a new person. Wouldn't live without them at this point!
45 year old female, Columbia City, IN
I have benefited tremendously from BioTE. It has helped me in ways I didn't even expect to benefit from!