What is BioTE?
BioTE® Medical is a plant based, bioidentical pellet therapy that brings depleted hormone levels back to the most optimal balanced state for women and men.
The term “bioidentical” means an exact molecular match of the human hormone. BioTE hormone pellets are derived from natural plant sources (wild yam and soy) to replicate the body’s biological hormones, replace deficiencies and optimize to the best levels for your body. These pellets are placed under the skin and slowly dissolve allowing for a constant release of small, physiologic doses providing optimal therapy 24/7.
Unlike typical oral and transdermal forms of therapy (which produce “roller coaster” hormone levels, resulting in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient) BioTE® Medical Hormone Pellet Therapy provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day, for up to 3-6 months, without the “roller coaster” effect
Signs & Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
Symptoms can begin as early as 30 years of age and are often misdiagnosed and mistreated with antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, sleeping pills and adult ADD medications.
Signs & Symptoms of Low Testosterone
- Cold Hands & Feet
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED) – Men
- Joint Pain
- Low Libido
- Memory Loss
- Mental Fog
- Mood Swings
- Night Sweats
- Weight Gain
Signs & Symptoms of Estrogen Imbalance
- Decreased Vaginal Lubrication – Women
- Hot Flashes
- Irregular or Absent Periods
- Painful Intercourse
- Skin changes, such as collagen loss • Vaginal Wall Thinning
*** This is not a complete list of all the symptoms caused by hormone imbalance.
Determining Your Hormone Wellness:
In order to determine if you are a good candidate for BioTE® Medical Hormone Pellet Therapy, your provider will have a series of blood tests done to show hormone levels and deficiencies.
What are hormone pellets?
The hormones estrogen and testosterone are contained in a compact pellet shaped solid structure and are created by a compound pharmacist using strict federal guidelines. These pellets are typically less than 1cm in size (smaller than a grain of rice).
Risks of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy:
Bioidentical hormones may have fewer risks compared to synthetic hormones. However, whether estradiol is synthetic or bioidentical the risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Pulmonary Embolism (PE), breast tenderness and thickened endometrial lining and bleeding can be experienced.
How are BioTE® Medical Hormone Pellets administered?
Your provider will implant the pellets in the fat under the skin of the hip. A small incision about ¼ inch is made in the hip of your choice. The pellets are inserted through incision. No stitch is required for women. One stitch is required for men.
What if I’m already on HRT of some sort (example creams, patches, pills)?
This is an easy transition. Your provider will be able to determine your needs even though you may be currently taking these other forms of HRT.
Female Specific Questions:
Why do women need estrogen?
Estrogen is the most important hormone for a woman. It protects her against heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s. It also keeps her looking young and healthy.
Why do women need testosterone?
Testosterone is the 3rd female hormone and is as essential as estrogen and progesterone. We need testosterone to keep our thought process quick and our libido healthy. It improves bone density, muscle mass, strength and prevents some types of depression. It is also the source of energy and solid sleep!
Will I grow unwanted hair from testosterone?
There is less chance of excess hair growth with natural testosterone than with synthetic hormones. Facial hair will grow with testosterone pellets, but normally no more than when you were in your thirties.
Does it matter if I’m on birth control?
No, your provider can determine what your hormone needs are even if you are on birth control.
What if I’ve had breast cancer?
Breast cancer survivors and/or those who have a history of breast cancer in their family may still be a candidate.
Male Specific Questions:
Does testosterone cause prostate cancer?
No. Metabolites of testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estrone cause prostate enlargement and contribute to prostate cancer. Estrone increases and testosterone decreases as men age and gain belly fat. Testosterone pellets are the only replacement that reverses that trend.
How do I take testosterone pellets and not convert them to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estrone?
Your blood levels of estrone and DHT are checked after treatment to see if they are elevated. Some men still convert to these metabolites even on testosterone pellets. If they are converting, we troubleshoot with natural supplements such as DIM or Arimidex.
What if I have prostate enlargement already?
Testosterone pellets will make it better, if you do not convert it to DHT; we will treat that if it happens.