What do you think of when you hear the word “hormones?” If the word immediately makes you think of your sex drive, you’ve only got part of the story. Hormones are chemicals that serve as messengers around the body. They help with growth and development, fertility, metabolism, and can even affect your immune system and behavior.
If your hormone levels are off, you can experience far more symptoms than just low libido. In fact, if your hormones are out of whack, you can experience any of the following symptoms:
- Muscle weakness
- Unexplained weight loss
- Weight gain
- Increased heat and cold sensitivity
- Constipation or increased frequency of bowel movements
- Increased hunger
- Dry skin
- Puffy face
- Frequent urination
- Muscle aches, stiffness, or tenderness
- Thinning hair
- Low libido
- Blurred vision
- Nervousness, anxiety, or irritability
And these are just the overall symptoms!
Hormones Affect Women & Men Differently
Women may also experience heavy or irregular periods, excessive hair growth, vaginal dryness, painful sex, and night sweats.
A hormonal imbalance for a man may result in the development of breast tissue, erectile dysfunction, infertility, osteoporosis, and even hot flashes!
With so many symptoms – many of which can be attributed to other conditions, too – it’s essential to come in and receive testing for your hormone levels. Thankfully, it’s fairly simple to diagnose a hormone imbalance, and we offer a no-stress way to bring those hormone levels back to normal: BioTE Pellets.
What are BioTE Pellets?
Our Nurse Practitioners, Katie Anderson, FNP-C and Casey Jamison, WHNP, FNP are passionate about hormone replacement therapy and specialize in BioTE pellets. These pellets contain bio-identical hormones that are structurally the same as naturally-occurring human hormones. They’re obtained from plants, unlike synthetic hormones. The overall effect is a better result for patients with fewer untoward effects often seen with synthetic options.
Why Are They Ideal For Some Patients?
BioTE Pellets are a simple solution for busy people. As Katie says, there are so many available options that it can get confusing when you’re facing hormone replacement therapy. And keeping up with a pill or cream application every day can be annoying.
“Many of my patients prefer pellets because they not only attain optimal hormone levels,” says Katie, “but there is no ‘daily maintenance’ needed.”
Most patients only need to come in for placement every four months, on average. “The ‘set it and forget it,’ mentality simplifies the process of HRT,” she says, “especially when compared to messy daily creams.”
What Results Can Be Expected?
As Katie says, “Studies, as well as years of clinical experience, have shown improvements in menopause, andropause, fatigue, depression, anxiety, low sex drive, osteoporosis, heart disease, PMS, and many other conditions.”
Another benefit of pellets over traditional HRT therapy is that they pellets remain within the body to provide consistent, steady-state dosing, rather than being released in spurts as is the case with pills and creams.
Plus, there’s no risk of accidentally exposing someone else to your HRT treatment – a concern for those who use creams that can transfer to a partner’s skin.
Katie notes that unlike pills and creams, which can take the body on a rollercoaster experience as levels increase and decrease throughout the day, “pellets are designed to recreate the behavior of healthy hormone release.”
We offer BioTE Pellets for women AND men.
Ready to get back to your natural health? Call us today to schedule an appointment to find out if BioTE Pellets are right for you!