We have had the opportunity to conduct a couple of webinars in the past month, and we wanted to share some of the questions we received with the answers from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Stan Kovak. Here’s our webinar from last week about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy:
Q&A from customers
Q: What about using hormones vs. vitamins/supplements?
This doesn’t have to be an either/or situation. You can use both. The big difference is vitamins and supplements are found in the food that we eat, hormones are not. While there are some supplements that may cause some of the symptoms of low hormones to fade, the underlying cause (i.e., low hormone levels) remains. These low levels can only be raised by prescribed hormones.
Q: How quickly should I feel results after starting BHRT?
The short answer is: it depends. It depends on the results you are attempting to achieve. A woman that is experiencing night sweats might see those symptoms resolve fairly quickly. If a man is trying to see increased muscle strength, that might take longer, since muscles naturally take more time to develop.
Q: How does Pellet Therapy differ from Mirror Care’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
First, pellet therapy is a surgical procedure. An incision is made and the pellet is inserted subcutaneously, and then the hormone is released over the course of time into the body, usually over months. A positive of pellet therapy is that you go in for a procedure and then you’re good to go for several months. However, pellets release a constant dosage of hormone and don’t follow the body’s natural circadian rhythms. These new high levels create a “new normal” for your body, and it’s possible that higher dosages of future pellet therapy hormones will be required to generate a response.
Q: Why are blood tests required?
While some companies utilize saliva or urine tests to check hormone levels, we utilize blood tests. It may be a lot simpler to do a saliva or urine test, but urine and saliva tests try to estimate the hormone levels in the blood and may not be a good gauge of the hormones in your blood. Your blood is going to your heart, and going to your brain, and going to all of the places in your body that utilize hormones. In order for you to have the best result possible, we believe that your blood needs to be tested.