What does BioTE® Hormone Pellet Therapy treat?
BioTE® Hormone Pellet Therapy is used to treat symptoms of hormone imbalances in both men and women. As people age, their hormone production also changes which can cause hormonal imbalances. Hormone imbalances can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing. In women, imbalanced hormones can cause symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, and weight gain. For men, hormone imbalances can result in fatigue, depression, lower muscle mass, and erectile dysfunction.
What is BioTE® Hormone Pellet Therapy and how does it work?
BioTE® Hormone Pellet Therapy uses tiny custom-compounded pellets comprised of plant-based bio-identical hormones. The pellets have no synthetic hormones and the chemical structure is the same as the hormones naturally produced in your body. A pellet is inserted into the patient’s upper buttocks 2-4 times per year. A local anesthetic is applied, a tiny incision is made, the pellet is placed, and the incision is covered with a bandage. The process takes a few minutes to complete. The pellet then dissolves over time and your body uses the hormones from the pellet.
What are the benefits?
Patients report that their symptoms of hormone imbalances are lessened after having BioTE® Hormone Pellet Therapy. The therapy is convenient because once the pellet is placed no other actions need to be taken by the patient, such as remembering to take pills or apply creams.
What are the Risks?
BioTE® Hormone Pellet Therapy is not FDA approved, which means that the therapy has not undergone the review process of the FDA to determine efficacy and safety. There have not been large-scale clinical studies to conclusively determine the effectiveness or safety of this therapy. Your provider can help you determine if the benefits of BioTE Hormone Pellet Therapy outweigh the risks for you.
What happens after I’ve had my procedure? What is recovery like?
For some time after your procedure, strenuous lower-body exercises, swimming, and going into bathtubs and hot tubs should be avoided. Once the bandage is removed, you can resume all normal activities. Your BioTE® provider will give you specific information on your limitations and timeframes.
- “Address Hormone Imbalance with BioTE® Hormone Replacement Therapy.” BioTE® Medical, 16 July 2020, www.biotemedical.com/.
- “Bioidentical Hormones: Side Effects, Uses & More.” Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/15660-bioidentical-hormones.
- Jaffe, Lissa. “Pelleted Hormone Therapy—More Risks, Questionable Benefits, Warn Experts.” EndocrineWeb, 21 Oct. 2019, www.endocrineweb.com/news/other-endocrine-disorders/62510-pelleted-hormone-therapy-more-risks-questionable-benefits-warn-.