Your hormones play a major role in a surprising number of your body’s processes and functions. Unfortunately, as we get older, our bodies tend to produce fewer hormones than they did when we were younger. That’s true for both women and men. And as a result, we can wind up with some pretty unpleasant symptoms. The good news is, hormone replacement therapy can help replenish our hormones, restoring natural levels of these important chemicals to relieve symptoms and support our bodies’ normal functions. And for many people considering HRT, BioTE® hormone replacement therapy is the best treatment option. Here’s how it could help you.
What is BioTE?
BioTE is a hormone replacement treatment that uses pellets, tiny cylindrical-shaped supplements that are inserted under your skin. The pellets release precise doses of hormones over time, so your body receives a steady stream of hormones for optimal function. The time-release aspect of BioTE pellets means hormones are delivered and distributed in a manner similar to the way your body distributes the hormones it produces naturally, which means there’s a far lower risk of side effects.
BioTE uses bioidentical hormones, synthetic hormones that have the same chemical structures as naturally produced hormones. Bioidentical hormones are processed by your body and eliminated in the same way as natural hormones for better effects and fewer risks. The tiny implant is inserted under your skin and replaced every three to six months, depending on your specific needs. Implant placement is performed right in the office in just a few minutes using a local anesthetic. Both estrogen and testosterone implants are available.
Five reasons to choose BioTE for HRT
That's how BioTE works; now here are five reasons why you should consider it for your hormone treatments:
1. You’re having symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances
Common symptoms of estrogen and testosterone imbalance include loss of libido, moodiness, irritability, depression, problems with memory and concentration, thinning hair, loss of muscle mass, weight gain (especially in the belly area), and fatigue. Estrogen decline is also associated with night sweats, hot flashes, facial hair growth, painful intercourse, vaginal dryness and an increased risk of urinary incontinence. Low levels of testosterone can also cause erectile dysfunction, including problems getting and maintaining an erection.
2. You want a natural therapy
As noted, BioTE uses bioidentical hormones, which are more like natural hormones. And unlike other hormone replacement products, such as rings, gels, patches, creams, gels and pills, BioTE pellets don’t use any synthetic or artificial fillers, and they dissolve completely over time.
3. You don’t want to deal with messy gels or creams or remember to take pills
Because the BioTE HRT system uses pellets that are implanted under your skin, hormone release and delivery happens automatically, without any intervention on your part. All you need to do is remember to have the pellets replaced every few months, according to a schedule your doctor will establish for you, based on your specific needs, symptoms and medical history.
4. You want to minimize your risk of side effects
HRT can be a boon to lots of women and men suffering from all sorts of symptoms associated with a decrease in hormones, but there are some risks, depending on the type of therapy you select. BioTE minimizes side effects in two important ways: First, because it uses bioidentical hormones, and second, because it releases hormones slowly, over time — just the way your body releases natural hormones. That means you don’t have to worry about the “peaks and valleys” associated with pills and some other therapies. And unlike creams or gels, the hormones are delivered right to your bloodstream, so they can effectively address a whole array of symptoms.
5. You've tried — and rejected — other hormone replacement products
Maybe you've tried HRT in the past, and it just hasn't worked. Or maybe you wound up experiencing side effects as a result of your therapy. Because of the way BioTE works, many people who've had unpleasant experiences with HRT in the past find they get the results they want with BioTE pellets.
If you're dealing with symptoms associated with hormonal decline, BioTE hormone therapy could be a great option for helping you feel better. To learn more about BioTE therapy at Alpha Internal Medicine, book an appointment online today.