BIOTE HORMONE PELLET THERAPY

Hormone pellets are made of pure human-identical sex hormones, estradiol or testosterone, that are derived from natural plant sources and help with body fat reduction, muscle function, general healthand more.

bioTE Hormone Pellet Therapy

Disease prevention, and overall good health, are important to us all, especially as we age. And one of the main ways our bodies fight diseases and overall bodily health is through balanced hormones. The fact is, after the age of 30, we’ll all lose between three and 10 percent of our hormones in our bodies each year we age, which means aging makes us more susceptible to myriad diseases and ailments.

The good news is there are ways to balance the hormones, in effect keeping your body armed and ready for the aging process. Using what has become known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or bioidentical hormone replacement thearpy (BHRT), we can monitor your hormone levels and balance them using supplemental hormone therapies. One of the most trusted and tried therapies available today is the use of bioTE’s hormone pellet therapy.

The pellets are introduced into the body via a specific injection technique that allows them to slowly dissolve into the bloodstream. This allows the body to take only what it needs when it needs it, which is the key differentiation with pellet therapy in comparison to basic testosterone or estradiol injections. Read the FAQs below for more information or schedule your initial HRT consult today to learn how testosterone pellets in Chicago can help you effectively fight the effects of aging.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE HORMONE PELLETS?

Hormone pellets are made of pure human-identical sex hormones, estradiol or testosterone, that are derived from natural plant sources (naturally occurring, so they include no artificially created materials). You may have also heard hormone pellets referred to as “bio-identical” hormones.  The hormones are pressed or fused into very small solid cylinders called pellets, ranging in size from a grain of rice to that of a Tic Tac. In the US, the best pellets are made and customized for patients’ needs by certified  specialized compounding pharmacists under stringent guidelines and delivered to us sealed in sterile glass vials.

HOW ARE THE PELLETS INSERTED INSIDE THE BODY?

Pellets are inserted in the fatty layer under the skin of the upper buttocks, abdomen and hip area using special instruments that have been specifically engineered for hormone pellet insertion. The procedure itself takes no more than five minutes and is painless because your medical provider will use a local anesthetic. The small skin access port where the pellet is introduced into the fatty tissue is closed with steri-strips. To achieve full hormonal imbalance correction in all patients, only an experienced medical provider trained in the skills required to perform the procedure should be trusted. Our doctors and healthcare professionals are versed in proper dosing and technique. They will excel and meet all your expectations

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL BIO IDENTICAL HORMONE OPTIMIZATION VIA HORMONE PELLET INSERTION?

Benefits will vary from patient to patient, as with any treatment, but the following are documented benefits from hormone pellet insertion:

  • Improved muscle function, including the most important muscle in the body, the heart.
  • Lower mortality in younger postmenopausal women
  • Protection against brain aneurysms
  • Estrogen, in particular, can decrease the risk of heart disease when taken early in postmenopausal years
  • Decreased likelihood of heart disease
  • Improved bone density, thus decreased risk of osteopenia and  osteoporosis
  • Improved cognitive function, mental clarity and “brain fog”
  • Improved sex drive
  • Reduction of restless leg syndrome
  • Fewer mood swings
  • Decreased hair loss and hair thinning risk
  • Decreased likelihood of depression, anxiety
  • Body fat reduction as a result of postmenopausal/hormonal weight gain, especially around the waist and the abdomen
  • Improved blood levels of cholesterol triglycerides lower LDL (Low density lipoprotein aka bad cholesterol) and higher HDL (Aka High density lipoprotein good cholesterol) levels
  • Adult onset insulin resistance
  • Reverse metabolic syndrome
  • Improve Type II diabetes
  • Improved frail skin
  • Improved sleep function
  • Reduce neuronal secretion of Alzheimer’s β-amyloid peptides,
  • Improved sexual function
  • Reduced risk of colorectal cancer
  • Reduced risk of bone fractures and breaks
  • Myocardial infarctions Prevention or reduction in estrogenic cancer risk was found in patients taking a combination of estrogen and testosterone
  • Improved quality of life
  • Decreased risk of prostate and breast cancer

 

If you suffer from any, many or all of the symptoms included above, schedule your HRT consultation today.

ARE PELLETS BETTER THAN CREAMS, GELS, PILLS AND/OR INJECTIONS?

Pellets are always implanted in the fatty layer of the buttocks or abdomen providing very smooth, stable and consistent levels of hormones. Creams and gels may fluctuate due to skin’s erratic absorption. Thus, the levels actually absorbed by the blood are inconsistent, which makes the overall therapy inconsistent. Many patients also prefer convenience of pellets. Once they’re in, there’s nothing else to do. Pellets don’t require the patient to remember when to take a pill or receive an injection.  The pellets are made up of pure hormones, which are not metabolized through your body, a process which can break a pill down and provide inconsistent delivery. Pellet insertion allows the blood to absorb the pure hormone in a consistent manner.

DO PELLETS PREVENT TRANSFERENCE TO OTHERS?

Yes, one of the main issues with creams and gels is transference to others. Maybe you’re a grandfather who doesn’t want to touch his grandchildren for fear of accidental transference. That kind of worry is eliminated with pellets.

WHAT ARE OTHER BENEFITS OF ESTROGEN PELLETS TO WOMEN?

Estrogen in its active form is estradiol pellets have been shown to help with the following:

  • Decreased migraines and menstrual headaches.
  • Alleviation of menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, and heart palpitations
  • Sleep issues and insomnia.
  • Sexual problems such as loss of libido and painful intercourse as a result of vaginal dryness
  • Chronic fatigue, depression, irritability, poor memory, foggy brain and decreased concentration
  • Body aches and arthritis improve when diminishing hormones are optimized

IN WHAT SETTING IS THE PELLET INSERTION DONE?

In any of our four private facilities in Chicago’s gold coast, Oakbrook, Naperville and Arlington Heights. You won’t have to visit an intimidating operating room. This is a simple procedure.

WHEN WILL THE EFFECTS START TO SET IN AND SYMPTOMS START TO DECREASE?

Some patients begin to feel better within one or two days after insertion, while others may take a few weeks to experience a definite alleviation of their symptoms.

HOW LONG WILL THE GREAT BENEFITS OF THE PELLET LASTS?

In women, pellets usually last between three and five months and in men between four and six months.

DO PELLETS HAVE TO BE REMOVED AFTER A WHILE?

No, the pellets do not need to be removed since they completely dissolve inside the body.

CAN BE REMOVED ONCE INSERTED?

No, once inserted, the pellets cannot be retrieved or removed. The dissolving process begins immediately upon insertion and cannot be reversed once introduced.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF PELLETS?

The most common risk associated with pellet insertion is temporary minor bruising. Other rare but possible risks are bleeding at the entry site, infection, and the rarest is extrusion of the pellet. The risk for complications is reduced by strict adherence to the provided the post-op instructions. After pellet insertion, it’s best to avoid lower body vigorous physical activity for two days. Early physical activity is a cause of extrusion, which is a pellet working its way out. Antibiotics may be prescribed if a patient is diabetic or has had a joint replaced or has tendency to get infections. In most people, however, antibiotics are rarely needed.

In women, another rare risks caused by testosterone increase in facial hair or acne especially, but this is only evident with high dosages.

DO I NEED TO TAKE PROGESTERONE SUPPLEMENTS WHEN I AM ON PELLETS?

Yes, if you still have a uterus you will be given sublingual (under the tongue) rapidly absorbing progesterone tablets, usually taken either in the morning or in the evening or maybe both. It is imperative that you are diligent  and adhere to this regimen to avoid sudden return of periods or vaginal bleeding.

WHY DO WE NOT HEAR MORE ABOUT HORMONE PELLETS?

Hormone optimization by pellets have been around since the 1940s. Hormone pellets have been extensively inserted and researched in Europe and Australia. In the US big pharma synthetic oral hormones have been popular in the past four decades but recently it’s been established that synthetic unnatural hormones has serious side effects, which led the American public, like the Europeans and Australians, to return to the bio-identical (human-identical) hormone pellet supplementation.  Further research has been conducted in the US and, like most research, it is ongoing.

If your primary care physician or gynecologist says that there is no research to support the use of pellet implants, he/she is wrong. There is a difference between “no research” and not knowing about or having read the research.

WHAT IS COST OF PELLETS AND PELLET INSERTION?

In women, the standard cost of inserting pellets is $250. The additional cost of the pellets themselves vary from person-to-person depending on both the type and number of pellets to be inserted. In men, the pricing varies more, depending on the nature of the procedure and how many pellets will be inserted.

DO MEN BENEFIT FROM HORMONE THERAPY?

Male testosterone levels start to decline in their early 30s.  However, lucky few men maintain sufficient levels of testosterone into their 80s.  Scientifically speaking, any man who show signs or suffers from symptoms of testosterone deficiency should be evaluated and tested. Even men in their 30s may experience bone density loss, sluggishness, fatigue, depression, difficulty sleeping, erectile dysfunction, mental and cognitive decline as a result to testosterone deficiency and most men should be screened  and optimized when indicated by age 50. It is never too late to benefit from testosterone optimization. In my daily practice most men in their 50s and 60s, even with multitude of symptoms have never been once tested for male hormone deficiency. This is a result of lack of knowledge, mostly. But personal beliefs, or fear of the unknown may also prevent men from receiving the entitled lifetime benefits of hormonal optimization.

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