Bio-identical Hormone Pellet Therapy
BioTE® Pellet Therapy are plant based, custom-compounded hormones in the form of subcutaneous pellets that look like tic-tacs. They contain testosterone or estradiol and are placed under the skin for longer lasting effects (3-4 months). This therapy keeps hormone levels consistent throughout the day and avoids roller coaster-like effects from oral or topically administered hormones. Studies have shown that bio-identical hormones have fewer side effects than synthetic hormones.
What type of pharmacies do we work with at BioTE Medical?
BioTE Medical uses highly specialized pharmacies that are registered with the FDA. The pellets are compliant to the FDA sterility process. BioTE Medical pharmacies employ environmental monitoring per every pellet batch. This is all overseen by a dedicated FDA compliance officer.
What kind of estrogen is in the bio-identical pellets?
BioTE Medical uses bio-identical estradiol in the pellets, meaning that the chemical structure is the same as the hormones naturally produced in your body.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
As each patient’s symptoms are unique, so is each patient's path to hormone optimization. Most patients report some symptom resolution in as little as two to four weeks, but full optimization may take up to six months. Your journey will be customized to fit your specific needs. It takes more than one to two weeks for your hormones to get out of balance, so expect it to take time to resolve. More than 750,000 pellet insertions have been performed in BioTe's company history. This translates to reliable data to prove that their product works. Since our certification as providers for BioTe, we have also witnessed the drastic change that pellet therapy has provided in our practice. The positive response has been overwhelming from patients who have been unable to find relief with conventional synthetic hormones. We are confident that this treatment will work for you if you have not been able to find the right balance.
Why should I choose Bio-identical hormone therapy over conventional synthetic therapy?
A comprehensive review of safety and efficacy of bio-identical versus synthetic (oral) hormones was performed. The studies reviewed suggest bioidentical progesterone (micronized/prometrium) does not have a negative effect on blood lipids or vasculature as do many synthetic progestins, and may carry less risk with respect to breast cancer incidence. Studies of both bioidentical estrogens and progesterone suggest a reduced risk of blood clots compared to conventional oral preparations. Synthetic hormones are metabolized in the liver which increase an enzyme called cytochrome P450 which produces free radicals that cause cellular damage. It is believed that this cellular damage increases the risk of vessel damage and therefore increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Bio-identical hormones are transdermal (patches, creams or gels) or subdermal (pellets). Link here.
I am concerned about breast cancer and hormone replacement therapy
Many patients express concerns about hormones and risks of breast cancer. Without a doubt, hormone replacement therapy is not for everyone. If you have a personal history of breast cancer that is estrogen receptor positive you are NOT a candidate for estrogen replacement but you may be a candidate for Testosterone therapy with an aromatase inhibitor like anastrazole. Testosterone has been shown to reduce many menopausal symptoms. Please click on the link below to learn more about testosterone therapy in breast cancer survivors. "Reduced breast cancer incidence in women treated with subcutaneous testosterone, or testosterone with anastrozole: A prospective, observational study" by Rebecca Glaser & Constatine Dimitrakakis
In March of 2017, The American College of Cardiology released a report stating that hormone replacement therapy resulted in lower atherosclerosis and improved survival for all ages and all levels of coronary calcium. Estrogen is thought to be protective of heart health through its beneficial effects on cholesterol and because it increases the flexibility of blood vessels and arteries, allowing them to accommodate blood flow. Studies show that pre-menopausal women, who produce high levels of estrogen, typically have the cardiovascular health of men 10 to 20 years younger than them, but rates of heart disease increase dramatically after menopause, when estrogen levels plummet. By replacing the natural estrogen lost during menopause, hormone replacement therapy could be one way for women to regain the cardiovascular benefits of estrogen. Link to article here.
Watch a video on Biote hormone replacement therapy using Bio-identical pellets
How can I get started with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Are you ready to feel better? To get started today call our office for a consultation. You don't have to suffer in silence. We can help. 310-325-9400
Low Testosterone in Men
A low level of testosterone in a man means more than just a low sex drive or erectile dysfunction (ED). Symptoms consistent with low testosterone are:
Low sex drive
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Loss of muscle mass
Increased body fat (especially in the waist area)
Decreased bone mass
Lower mental capacity
Studies have shown that some of these conditions may be linked to low testosterone:
Hormone Imbalance in Women
Decreased sex drive
Cold hands and feet
If your menstrual cycle has stopped before menopause, or if you are experiencing this or any other symptom of menopause, you may have low estradiol. An increase in UTIs, depression or painful intercourse may also indicate low estradiol in women.
I can identify with these symptoms, what do I do next? How do I get started? A simple blood test will give you the answer. Call our office 310-325-9400.
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