As we age, our bodies produce less of the hormones required to keep functioning normally, specifically testosterone and estrogen.  After the age of 30, most people produce 3-10% less of these hormones each year.

And why does this matter, you may be asking? The reduction of these hormones leads to many of the less desirable symptoms attributed to the normal aging process, including decreased energy, decreased memory and focus, hot flashes, night sweats, joint pain and problems sleeping. It has also been linked to increased risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia and osteoporosis.

Bio-identical hormone therapy is designed to counteract these changes by replacing testosterone and estradiol – an estrogen replacement — to levels similar to those of our younger years.  Unlike synthetic hormones, bio-identical hormone therapy has not been shown to produce adverse side effects.

“Bio-Identical hormone therapy has been around since 1939 and has been well researched,” said Julie Quickert,

Nurse Practitioner at Premier Skin Clinic in Fort Collins.  The bio-identical hormones contain the same chemical structure as your body’s natural hormone making, it a safer and more natural alternative to synthetic hormones.

Bio-identical hormone therapy is administered through pellets inserted under the skin.  This allows for consistent absorption and metabolism by your body.

“Pellets are absorbed according to your cardiac output,” Quickert said. “When under increased stress, your cardiac output increases and you absorb more hormones.  This is how your body releases and absorbs your own hormones.” Essentially, this means that the pellet method of administering hormones creates the closest replica of the natural biological mechanism possible.

Of course, bio-identical hormone therapy may not be right for everyone.

“We recommend a thorough screening, including a review of your medical history, medications and a complete blood panel to determine any factors that may warrant further investigation or preclude you from being a candidate,” said Quickert.

But when needed, bio-identical hormone therapy can be life changing for those experiencing the effects of decreased hormone production.

“By far, this is my favorite service offered here at Premier Skin Clinic,” said Quickert. “The vast majority of my clients have amazing results and are enjoying the impact it has had on their daily life.  Most of our clients are referred by family and friends. They feel so good they want to share that feeling with those closest to them.”

There are many online resources to consult if you want further information, whether you are a man or woman.  As always, the team at Premier Skin Clinic in Fort Collins is always happy to answer any questions you might have regarding bio-identical hormone therapy or any of the services offered by Premier Skin Clinic.  To schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact Premier Skin Clinic at 970-221-1285.