WAVE MD HRC Frequently Asked Questions

What are Natural Bio-Equivalent Hormones?

Bio-Equivalent hormones are chemically structured to be equivalent to the hormones that your body produces naturally. By contrast, synthetic hormones are patentable hormones such as Premarin, Prempro, Provera.

Most physicians prescribe synthetic hormones to treat menopausal symptoms. However, synthetic hormones do not correct the hormonal imbalance that causes so many health problems.

What Hormones should I take?

Women naturally produce estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone while men produce mostly testosterone. They will replace these hormones with natural bio-equivalent pellets to achieve balance again.

How are my hormone levels determined?

The patient will provide a detailed personal and familial medical history. A simple exam of the patient is given and lab work will be drawn. From the lab results, a doctor will determine the dosage needed to rebalance the hormones. Patients will be seen in 2 or 3 days to discuss their personal treatment plan.

How are Hormones administered?

Hormones come in a pellet form similar to a grain of rice. A small area of the lateral buttocks is anesthetized, a tiny incision is made, and the pellets are inserted into the subcutaneous fat. The area is covered with a small dressing and the patient will be released and be able to go back to normal daily activities. Lab work will be repeated in 3 weeks for women and 6 weeks for men to evaluate their response to the treatment.

What shoud I expect after the procedure?

Within 10 to 14 days you should begin feeling the relief of some of your symptoms. In 2 to 3 weeks you should see a marked difference ... more energy, increased sex drive, better rest, better memory, better mood, and better able to handle stress.

What are the side effects?

A small number of women may have increased breast sensitivity and spotting. The spotting is managed with progesterone capsules each evening. Patients may also notice an increase in facial hair and acne. Most of these side effects, if they occur, will resolve after your body adjusts to the hormones.

How many treatments should I get?

Typically, men and women receive implants every 3 to 4 months the first year to achieve an optimal balance of hormones. To determine the dosage necessary to balance these hormones, patients have blood work drawn before the pellet insertion and then again a few weeks after for analysis.

Will Hormones increase my risk of cancer?

Never. Actually, natural bio-equivalent hormones are protective. In a study done of 976 females patients who have had the pellet insertions, no one developed breast or ovarian cancer secondary to the hormones.

Is Bio-Equivalent Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for me?

For most people, the answer is yes. Men and women who suffer from a variety of deficient hormone levels will benefit from bio-equivalent hormone replacement therapy.

I am only 21 years old, should I be tested?

YES! Common symptoms such as restless sleep, anxiety, depression, mood swings, weight gain, dry skin, migraine headaches, lack of energy, or low sex drive are indicators that hormone levels are not in proper balance at the proper levels. Many young men and women have low hormone levels just because they do not take proper care of their bodies.

Do low hormone levels affect my sex drive?

ABSOLUTELY! Most women around the age of 40 suffer from low testosterone which is the primary hormone that causes low energy and low sex drive.

Is it safe?

Yes. Bio-equivalent hormone therapy is the safest form of hormone treatment available. Unlike synthetic hormones, bio-equivalent hormones are all natural and are in wide use by patients every year.

Should I take Bio-Equivalent Hormones if I sleep more than 8 hours a day or have trouble sleeping at night?

ABSOLUTELY! The recuperative affects from hormones help stabilize sleep patterns. Most patients see improved sleeping habits within 7 days of receiving bio-equivalent hormone therapy.

I am going or have gone through Menopause, should I consider Bio-Equivalent Hormone Therapy?

ABSOLUTELY YES! Women who have gone through or are going through menopause are at high risk for depleted hormone levels. In fact, most menopausal symptoms can be prevented with Bio-Equivalent hormone therapy.