Hormonal changes come naturally with aging, however, with them come a wide array of annoying symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, hot flashes, and decreased libido. Hormone imbalances can also make you more susceptible to developing many different chronic medical conditions including heart disease, osteoporosis, autoimmune conditions and even some types of cancers. Due to our environment, hormone imbalances are more common than ever.
At Live Well Wellness Center we utilize bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in order to make you feel vibrant again. Our physicians will run lab work to look at your sex hormones, thyroid and adrenals in order to optimize your health and how you feel.
There are many different forms of HRT, so our physicians will help you decide which option works best for your lifestyle.
BioTE Hormone® Therapy
We have found that many patients find pellet therapy the most convenient and effective form of HRT. Our office utilizes BioTE® for our HRT pellet therapy. BioTE® was chosen for Live Well by Dr. Merle Turner after Dr. Turner had spent years researching hormone therapies. BioTE® developed an algorithm that looks at your hormone levels in order to take the guesswork out of pellet dosages.
What are Hormone Pellets?
Hormone pellets are small pellets, roughly the size of a grain of rice, that are compounded to contain the bioidentical hormone being administered. The benefits of pellet therapy are that they are administered underneath the skin, allowing for your body to pick up the hormones via the bloodstream in a steady state over a longer period of time. What this means is that there are no “roller coaster” effects unlike with other hormone applications. In addition, hormone pellets contain ONLY bioidentical hormones, meaning they are safe, natural and come with very few side effects if any. Patient’s often notice symptom relief in as little as 7 days, but complete symptom relief continues to improve over 6 months.
The pellet procedure only takes about 5-10 minutes in the office and is only needed 3-4 times a year in women and ~2 times a year in men.
The Difference Between Bioidentical Hormones and Synthetic Hormones
Bioidentical hormones derived from plant compounds and are the exact same chemical structure as what your body produces naturally. Synthetic hormones on the other hand often come from animal sources and therefore are not identically matched to the hormones are body creates naturally. Because synthetic hormones are not identical to the hormones your body produces they often contribute to many adverse side effects.
The hormones that we utilize are ALWAYS bioidentical! This means fewer side effects and many health benefits as compared to synthetic hormones.
Pellets Versus Shots, Pills, Creams and Patches
Not only are the pellets Bioidentical, they are the superior delivery method. With only a few procedures a year you can enjoy all the benefits of optimized hormones.
Testosterone injections are typically needed multiple times a week and spike testosterone levels very high before returning back to baseline within a couple of days. In addition, testosterone injections are often synthetic and can cause many unwanted side effects.
Testosterone and estrogen pills are also available, however, often do not get your hormones to the optimal levels and also can contribute to many unwanted side effects due to liver metabolism.
Hormone creams are messy also require daily administration. The body often has a tough time absorbing creams, making it very difficult to achieve levels that provide symptomatic relief. In addition, you have to worry about cross contamination…meaning anything you touch after applying the cream can now transfer cream to others, including pets and kids.
All of these other methods will have your hormone levels constantly rising and lowering down to baseline on a daily basis (aka the hormone roller coaster). Pellets deliver a steady stream of hormones that your body utilizes as it needs. Please for everybody’s sake, do not ride the hormone roller coaster.
The Benefits of BiOTE
We partner with BioTE to ensure the safest and best quality of bioidentical hormone pellets available. BioTE has helped hundreds of thousands of men and women achieve hormone balance and restore their health. They also provide a unique dosing structure based off of years of research, allowing for our providers to take the guess out of what dose is optimal for you.