Why Is Hormone Balance Important?
Hormones control many key biological processes in men and women.
With age, however, the body can start to produce less hormones, causing deficiencies or imbalances in estrogen or testosterone. While those hormone imbalances often occur during menopause and andropause, they can start as early as 25 to 30 years old for some individuals.
No matter when hormonal imbalances occur, they can interfere with crucial bodily processes. In fact, even slight imbalances can result in an array of physical or psychological complications. Although men and women may experience some of the same side effects, they can also develop various gender-specific symptoms.
Hormone Imbalance Symptoms & Side Effects in Women vs. Men
The table below highlights some of the most common complications of hormone imbalances. Unfortunately, millions of men and women experience these side effects. Their relatively generic nature can lead many to mistake them for other conditions before discovering they actually are experiencing a hormone imbalance or hormonal deficiencies.
|Low sex drive|
|Mood changes, low mood, or depression|
|Brain fog & concentration difficulties|
|Night sweats||Loss of muscle & bone mass|
|Hot flashes or flushes||Increased body fat (usually in the waist area)|
|Sleeping problems||Elevated blood sugar|
|Discomfort during intercourse||High cholesterol|
What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a safe, natural method of re-balancing and restoring hormone levels in men and women.
Also known as hormone balancing, BHRT administers bioidentical testosterone or estrogen as the body needs it, based on cardiac output, providing a readily accepted source of chemically identical hormones that can:
- Seamlessly integrate into the bloodstream and biological systems
- Re-harmonize the body's balance of hormones
How Does BHRT Work?
The BioTE® hormone therapy delivers high-quality testosterone and estrogen through a dissolving, rice-sized pellet.
Created with custom compounds, the pellets are inserted beneath the skin in the buttocks via a painless, 5-minute procedure. No stitches are required as part of the pellet insertion process, and patients can immediately return to work or daily activities after the procedure.
After implantation the pellets will slowly release hormones as the body needs them. A follow-up blood test is typically required about 4 to 6 weeks after pellet insertion to check hormone levels and assess whether any adjustments may be needed.
The pellets will usually dissolve entirely after about 4 to 6 months, though individual results may vary. New ones will need to be inserted to continue bioidentical hormone replacement therapy whenever pellets have fully dissolved. Consequently, the average patient undergoing BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can generally expect 2 to 3 pellet insertion procedures a year. With BHRT, many report experiencing better moods, more energy and vibrancy, and improved mental acuity.
What Is BioTE® Medical?
Driven by "a mission to change healthcare for the better," BioTE® Medical is a preventive medicine leader dedicated to precision, clinically validated medical protocols, and unique, patient-tailored treatment plans. BioTE® Medical has developed innovative options like the BioTE® Method of BHRT, using it to transform the fight against "the early indicators of aging on a patient-by-patient basis."
Why Pellets for BioTE® Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The subcutaneous pellets used in BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are designed to minimize any potential side effects without presenting any severe health risks.
With the traditional forms of BHRT, including hormone replacement pills, creams, shots, and patches, patients can experience an elevated risk of uncomfortable to dangerous complications, like (but not limited to):
- Abdominal bloating
- Blood clots
- Skin peeling
- Skin rash, itchiness, or irritation
- Increased sensitivity to sun, wind, or cold
- Weight gain
In contrast, BioTE® hormone therapy is not associated with these side effects. Additionally, while pills, creams, and patches have to be administered daily or weekly, BioTE® hormone replacement therapy only requires the re-administration of pellets a few times a year for most patients.
Compared to HRT pills, creams, and patches, BioTE® BHRT pellets have substantially lower risks, with minimal associated side effects that are mild in nature. That fact, combined with the low-maintenance nature of BioTE® BHRT, makes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy an appealing and effective solution for many who suffer from hormone imbalances.
Benefits of BioTE® Hormone Replacement Therapy
Though individual experiences will vary, in general, the benefits of BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy tend to include (and are not limited to):
- Improved mental clarity
- Higher energy levels
- Improved sleep
- Increased libido
- Improved moods
- Reduced joint and muscle pain
- Gain more muscle mass and decrease body fat
- An end to night sweats and hot flashes
- Feeling like “yourself" again
Beyond these changes that patients notice — and that can dramatically improve quality of life — there can be other benefits gained with BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, including reduced risks of dementia, bone fractures, and heart disease.
Can I Benefit from the BioTE® Method?
You may be able to benefit from BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy if you suffer from hormone deficiencies or imbalances.
To determine if you are a good candidate and if BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement is right for you, our nurse practitioner Suzanne Amaro will work closely with you to evaluate your health, needs, expectations, and objectives.
As part of this process, we will carefully review various items before your consultation, including (but not limited to) your:
- Medical history forms: With a thorough questionnaire, disclosures, and consent forms, this information can share crucial details about your symptoms and any potential health issues our team needs to be aware of when screening you for the BioTE® Method.
- Lab information and an initial blood work panel: This should be completed at least two weeks prior to your consultation with Dr. Horn. Your blood work panel and health history are integral to determining proper hormone dosing.
Keep in mind that you may benefit from BioTE® BHRT even if you have used pills, patches, creams, or other hormone replacement therapies in the past without much success. Additionally, the BioTE® Method is designed for a smooth transition away from those other therapies to the pellet.
To find out if BioTE® BHRT could revitalize your health and restore your hormone balance, schedule a consultation at Michael Horn Plastic Surgery and Med Spa.
BioTE® Clinical-Grade Nutraceuticals
Specially developed to reinforce hormone therapy, BioTE® clinical-grade nutraceuticals can support healthy nutrition and aging with customized formulations for various health conditions.
As part of a comprehensive BHRT plan, BioTE® nutraceuticals can enhance personalized results through a more complete approach to healthy aging. Formulations of BioTE® nutraceuticals are available for several needs and health issues, including (but not limited to):
- Hormone balance
- Healthy aging
- Heart & brain health
BioTE® Prescription Peptide Therapeutics
As biological messengers, peptides do more than just play a critical role in several bodily functions. They can also support bioidentical hormone replacement therapy while bolstering the body's ability to build mass, burn fat, absorb nutrients, combat stressors, and recover from damage on a cellular level. Through meticulous and extensive research, BioTE® has zeroed in on patient-specific peptides that can contribute to healthy aging while potentially providing advantages for hormone optimization.
How Do I Get Started & Find Out More?
If you are interested in finding out more about bringing your hormones back into balance with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy Chicago specialists at Michael Horn Plastic Surgery and Med Spa can answer all of your questions and address your concerns during a consultation.
Schedule a consultation today and find out if you could benefit from this revolutionary solution to hormone imbalance. Our team can walk you through the options, helping you design a custom treatment plan that could transform and benefit your health, wellbeing, and life in truly remarkable ways.
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