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Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Natural Hormones for Men and Women

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What is BioTE?

BioTE is bio-identical hormone replacement pellet therapy that helps to balance hormones in both women and men. BioTE® Identical hormones are non-synthetic, plant-based hormones that are identical biologically to human hormones. BioTE® balances your hormone levels and releases all-natural bio-identical estrogen and/or testosterone as needed. BioTE® is safe and effective with no harmful side effects.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for BioTE® hormone therapy:

• Depression
• Irritability, mood swings
• Extreme fatigue
• Difficulty sleeping
• Low sex drive
• Memory loss, mental fog, confusion
• Joint aches and pain
• Night sweats, hot flashes

How are BioTe pellets inserted?
The tiny BioTe hormone therapy pellet, which is just a bit larger than a grain of rice, is inserted under the skin with a tiny incision for quick and easy insertion. A piece of tape is used to close the incision, which will heal in a few short days. No stitches are needed.

What are pellets?

Pellets were origionally developed in 1939 for women who underwent radical hysterectomies. They are the longest studied form of hormone replacement therapy. They are the most natural form of HRT. They are inserted by a physician into the subcutaneous tissue in the buttocks.

What are pellets made of?

They are made of a steroid-based ring of the soy or yam plant to create estradiol and/or testosterone molecules. There is NO cross-allergy between pellets and soy allergic patients because it is a completely different molecule. Stearic acid is also used as a binding agent. The likelihood of someone being allergic to stearic acid is extremely rare, and in fact, if you have ever taken aspirin, you have ingested stearic acid.

Bio-Identical Hormones vs. Synthetic Hormones?

Bio-identical hormones can be introduced into the body and go directly to the receptors. The body will recognize them unlike synthetic hormones that must be changed prior to your body being able to absorb them. Which also makes the bio-identical hormones more effective and less likely to cause any complications.

What are the Benefits of Hormone Pellet Therapy?

Hormone imbalance is an inevitable reality that affects both women and men as they age. People with hormones that are out of balance often feel more fatigued and unhappy than their healthy peers.

Bio-identical hormones offer these patients an effective and natural method to replace diminished hormones without adverse side effects. Bio-identical hormones distinguish themselves from traditional hormone therapy because they are scientifically engineered to act as your own unique hormones. They are chemically identical to the hormones already present in your body, so they are not as likely to be rejected. Unlike typical bio-identical hormone therapy treatments, pellet therapy ensures that you will never miss a hormone dose.

With hormone pellet therapy, patients can enjoy the benefits of:
– Increased libido
– Increased metabolism
– Better, more restful sleep
– Reduced vaginal dryness
– Less frequent headaches and migraines

What are the different forms of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy? Why pellets?

PELLETS

– More consistent blood levels over time
– Some pain with insertion
– Possibility of extrusion (the pellets coming out of the skin)
– Activity restrictions after procedure
– Less frequent administration
(3-6 months)

INJECTABLE

– Weekly/bi-weekly administration
– Inconsistent levels (hormonal roller coaster)
– Pain with injection
– Allergies to oil suspension
– May increase platelet stickiness
– Higher level of erythrocytosis and aromatization

ORAL

– GI issues
– Daily administration
– Bad for the liver
– Best for blood levels with progesterone
– Increased clot risks
– Gallbladder effects

TRANSDERMAL

– Skin irritation
– 45% of people do not absorb
– Daily administration
– Blood levels vary
– Possible transfer to others

Pellets mimic the way the body naturally produced hormones prior to a deficiency. As blood flows by the pellet, the blood absorbs the hormones, and they are released, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is the most consistent form of HRT meaning; it will not give you the hormonal roller coaster effect.

How often do patients need pellets?

Women need them every 3-6 months and men need them every 4-6 months. The more patients move (exercise, walk, etc.) the better they will absorb the pellets, however they will also absorb in the body faster.

Who is a candidate for BioTE?

Anyone with a hormonal imbalance. Your body’s natural hormones begin to decline after your mid-20s, and hormone imbalance symptoms frequently present themselves by your mid-30s. Men and women often start replacing hormones between the ages of 35 and 40. If you are experiencing symptoms of a hormone imbalance, it is best to seek testing and treatment as soon as possible. Lab work is the only way to find out. Age is really just a number; you should not wait until you are 50 years old or older to have lab work and a consultation if symptoms are present.

MORE FACTS TO KNOW:

– Hormones will help you to feel better, but just like anything else, it is not magic.
– Testosterone is not just a male hormone.
– Estrogen is not just a female hormone.
– Every Patient’s aging process is unique, which makes their hormone therapy unique.
– BioTE is about disease prevention, which is why it is not covered by health insurance.
– About 1 in 7 women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis.
– Pellets increase bone density.
– Hormone balance is not just about sex; it’s about both physical and mental health.
– Pellets are a controlled substance and must be locked and have a documented inventory.

How does BioTE fit into Skin MD?

Skin MD is committed to helping you look, feel, and be your best! While we have mastered the art of helping you look your best on the outside, we are honing in on what’s happening on the inside. We are integrating BioTE to tie everything together and fill in any missing pieces to our patient’s overall treatment plan. BioTE is a great addition to Skin MD as it is a natural solution to hormone imbalance.

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