BioTETM Pellet Hormone Therapy Specialist Q&A
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Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, and they pack a powerful punch. Produced by the endocrine glands, hormones travel in the bloodstream to the tissues and organs and affect many different processes including:
- Growth and development
- Sexual function
It only takes a tiny amount of hormonal imbalance to cause a significant change in cells, or even the whole body, which is why too much or too little of a certain hormone can be harmful.
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical and molecular make-up as those produced in the body. They are sometimes called “natural” hormones (even though they are made in a laboratory) because they come from plant sources before being altered to resemble human hormones.
There are two sorts of bioidentical hormone products:
- Pharmaceutical products – approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and regulated for quality and safety.
- Custom-made products – made according to a doctor’s instructions. Although the individual ingredients are approved by the FDA, the final product – once the ingredients are combined there is no guaranteeing its quality. These preparations can often be expensive and may not be covered by insurance plans.
What is BioTETM?
BioTETM (Bioidentical Testosterone and Estrogen) is a hormone optimization therapy that can be used to treat men and women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced.
It uses pellets inserted under the skin (a procedure that takes just a few minutes in the doctor’s office under local anesthetic) that have a time-release function so that precise doses are distributed and delivered in a manner similar to the way the body distributes the hormones it produces naturally. These hormones are processed by the body and eliminated in the same way as natural hormones for better results and fewer risks.
What can I expect bioidentical hormones to do for me?
Bioidentical hormone therapy is used to increase the levels of the hormones that drop as people age – for example the menopause in women and andropause in men – and to relieve the associated symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, memory loss, irritability, depression, weight gain, sleep issues and loss of libido. In addition to helping with these symptoms, BHRT may also reduce the risk for diabetes and cataracts and there is some evidence that it can help improve skin texture and elasticity and reduce wrinkles.
How often will I need treatment?
With BioTETM, the pellet implant will be repeated every three to four months, depending on the patient’s specific needs. Dr. Nelson will talk with you to discuss your lifestyle and habits which may determine the frequency of your treatments.
What does BioTETM help with?
While hormone replacement therapy is commonly used to treat the symptoms of menopause, it can also be used to significantly reduce the risk of serious health problems, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetes.
Main benefits of BioTETM include:
- More energy and less fatigue
- Improved muscle strength
- Easier to lose weight
- Increased mental clarity
- Fewer hot flashes
- Improved libido and sexual stamina
- Improved overall quality of life
- Prevention of age-related illnesses
- Increased bone mass from testosterone pellets
- Better sleep
- Less muscle and joint pain
- Improved mood and overall wellbeing
Women have found that balancing estrogen levels can help prevent symptoms such as loss of bone density, moodiness, and cognitive decline, in addition to treating symptoms of menopause. Testosterone therapy can also provide women with increased libido, improved mental clarity and enhanced muscle tone and mass.
Men typically begin losing testosterone at a rate of 3 to 10 percent per year after the age of 30, which can eventually lead to fatigue, loss of libido, difficulty maintaining an erection and decreased mental clarity. Testosterone therapy can help combat these symptoms, helping to enhance their overall wellbeing.
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