While menopause is the most recognized hormone event that women experience, it’s not the only reason why estrogen levels may drift away from optimal balance. No matter the reason for your imbalance, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is often the most effective way to reduce the impact of your symptoms.
HRT has some risks, though the benefits of treatment typically outweigh them. Recently, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has become available as a safer approach. Many women choose BHRT from BioTE® Medical, which offers bioidentical products delivered through subcutaneous pellet implants for steady and controlled release of hormonal supplements directly to your body, bypassing the digestive system through which oral medications must pass. When the symptoms of hormone imbalance interfere with your daily life, it’s time to visit Alexandra Pellicena, M.D. in Houston to learn more about the benefits of BHRT with BioTE.
The importance of hormone balance
Hormones are essential for regulating most major functions of our body. Because of their essential role, even the slightest hormonal imbalance can cause side effects throughout the body. Both women and men produce less of the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone as we age. Sometimes, this process can start as early as the mid-20s or early 30s. Most women see a significant drop in estrogen and testosterone during menopause. This can lead to a range of symptoms such as hot flashes, painful intercourse, decreased urinary function, osteoporosis, and mood changes.
The benefits of hormone replacement therapy
Replacing missing hormones with synthetic versions is the principle behind HRT, and it’s been a successful treatment for hormone imbalance for decades. But creating artificial hormones is a complex chemical process and some hormones aren’t exact molecular matches for their natural counterparts.
Choosing bioidentical hormones for replacement treatments removes this potential risk. The BioTE Method of hormone optimization therapy offers chemically exact — bioidentical — versions of your hormones to restore more natural balances while easing the symptoms of low hormone levels.
The BioTE difference
BioTE comes in the form of custom compounded subcutaneous pellets, about the size of a grain of rice. Dr. Pellicena implants these pellets under your skin, typically at the top of the buttocks or hip. This under-skin placement means that you will have a steady, consistent release of supplemental hormones over the next four to six months. There’s no need to worry about forgotten pills or hormone levels that rise and fall, depending on the time of your dose or application.
The procedure is done under local anesthesia and you will feel very comfortable during the short procedure, which takes only a few minutes. After the procedure, you can resume normal daily activity. You should, however, refrain from strenuous physical exercise for three to five days to provide enough time for the subcutaneous pellets to settle in place.
BioTE® Clinical Grade Nutraceuticals
BioTE clinical-grade nutraceuticals are often a necessary component of healthier aging and provide important nutritional support for vitamin and mineral deficiencies that may have created health deficits that have often been accumulating for years. BioTE nutraceuticals are specifically formulated to improve your health and optimize the bioidentical hormone therapy from BioTE.
Choose the BioTE® Method of Hormone Optimization
Alexandra Pellicena, M.D., is a Certified Provider of the BioTE Method of hormone optimization therapy. She offers patient-centric strategies to optimize hormones and extend health spans for both women and men.
Contact Dr. Pellicena by phone or online to learn more about how BioTE can help you, no matter what the cause of your hormone imbalance. There’s no need to simply live with your symptoms. Your life can go back to normal, so schedule your consultation now.