Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Ridgway Center for Whole Health

Functional Medicine Specialist & Primary Care Medicine located in Ridgway, CO

If you’re experiencing uncomfortable side effects associated with aging, such as hot flashes, muscle loss, or fatigue, you’re likely a candidate for bioidentical hormone therapy. At Ridgway Center for Whole Health in Ridgway, Colorado, functional medicine expert Shirley Olson, NP-C, IFMCP, and the caring team proudly offer bioidentical hormone therapy to both men and women. To make your appointment, call the office or book online today.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone therapy?

Bioidentical hormone therapy is a safe and effective treatment method designed to restore balance to your body, while minimizing the uncomfortable side effects of aging. 

Unlike traditional hormone therapy, bioidentical hormones use plant estrogens. These hormones mimic the ones your body naturally produces. If you’re a woman experiencing the results of menopause or perimenopause, or you’re a man struggling with low testosterone, bioidentical hormone therapy is worth considering. 

 

What symptoms can bioidentical hormone therapy address?

Bioidentical hormone therapy can address a wide range of symptoms associated with the natural aging process, including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood changes
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Low libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased muscle mass

You might also benefit from bioidentical hormone therapy if you’re experiencing memory loss.

 

Do I qualify for treatment with bioidentical hormone therapy?

Only medical professionals like those at Ridgway Center for Whole Health can determine if you qualify for treatment with bioidentical hormone therapy.

Before making a treatment recommendation, your provider conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. They also order laboratory tests to check your current hormone levels. 

After collecting this information, your provider can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.

 

How does bioidentical hormone pellet insertion work?

At Ridgway Center for Whole Health, the team uses Pellecome® bioidentical hormones. The advanced Re3™ Advanced Pellet Delivery System allows your provider to insert hormone pellets safely using special patent-pending technology. 

Prior to inserting your hormone pellets, your provider cleans and sterilizes an area of fatty skin just above your buttocks. Then, they make a small incision –– about the size of a pencil eraser –– and carefully insert the pellet. Afterward, they stitch up the site. You shouldn’t experience any pain and can return to normal activity right away. 

 

Does bioidentical hormone therapy have any side effects?

Bioidentical hormone therapy is well-tolerated, but side effects are common at the beginning of treatment while your body adjusts to the hormones. In the first few weeks after your pellet insertion, you might experience:

  • Acne
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Increased facial hair

Usually, these effects subside within a month of your first appointment.

To learn more about the benefits of treatment with bioidentical hormone therapy, make an appointment at Ridgway Center for Whole Health by calling the office or booking online today. 

 

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