Bioidentical hormones are natural, plant-derived compounds that have the same molecular structure as those made by the human body. Unlike synthetic hormones, our bodies can readily recognize and metabolize bioidentical hormones. It may surprise you to know that bioidentical pellets have been used successfully by patients throughout Europe, Japan and the United States since the 1930’s. Study after study has shown that, when prescribed and administered correctly, bioidentical hormone pellets can benefit a variety of conditions including depression, weight gain and osteoporosis.
Although there are other bioidentical delivery methods available (i.e., the creams, pills, injections and even micronized capsules), many times these methods cannot provide a steady stream of hormone in your bloodstream 24/7. That means you are still subject to a roller coaster ride of hormone levels. Although patches do provide a constant stream of hormones, they have to be changed often and do not contain all of the necessary hormone components. Some patients do not even absorb the active ingredient when delivered through the skin in a patch or cream.
These pellets, which are smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin and most closely mimic the actions of healthy ovaries and testicles with regards to hormone release into the bloodstream. The hormone pellet implantation procedure is easily performed in the office.
Dr. Jeff Owen is one of the nation’s most experienced providers in using the BioTE Medical® Method and is a Platinum Provider with BioTE. His staff and Wendy Wilcox, FNP are also extremely experienced in the BioTE Medical® bioidentical hormone therapy. BioTE Medical® in a word is balance. Hormonal balance is key to your well-being and is a delicate thing to achieve. Other hormone replacement therapies rarely accomplish or maintain the hormonal equilibrium your body depends on for optimum health. With BioTE Medical®, your body can return to normal hormonal balance.
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Symptoms of hormone imbalance vary widely from person to person but may include fatigue, weight gain, decreased libido or sex drive, sleep problems, anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, altered sense of well-being, joint and muscle pain, exhaustion, increased sweating, declining mental ability and decreased mental focus and concentration.
Females may also describe hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness (or even painful intercourse), little or no sex drive (libido), mood swings/depression/anxiety, weight gain. Low testosterone levels alone (even 10-15 years BEFORE menopause) can cause fatigue, mood swings, irritability, memory problems, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, low libido and decreased muscle strength.
Males may also complain of erectile dysfunction, decreased muscle strength, shrinking testicles, breast development, rapid hair loss, decreased facial hair or beard growth, decreased ejaculation, no results with Viagra or Cialis and decreased or absent morning erections (upon waking).