In the following paragraphs, we will attempt to answer the most common questions we get from our patients.
How long does it take (Biote) hormone pellets to work?
7-10 days? To kick-in
About 3-5 weeks to see full effect
You may have heard that it takes 7-10 for testosterone pellets to work.
There are also articles that suggest that it takes 3-5 weeks.So what is the truth about it?
It’s important to understand that each person’s body chemistry is a bit unique and can influence how the pellets are absorbed. Lifestyle and activity levels play a role as well. It also depends on which effects you are most interested in. So let’s split the effects into 2 categories.
Short Term and Long Term effects of bio-identical hormone optimization
What are the Short Term Benefits of BioTE Bioidentical Hormones?
These effects are usually noticed within the first 2 weeks and then are usually noticed fully at the 4-5 week mark.
Improved Libido (sex drive)
Improved Focus (less brain fog)
Improved Energy Levels
Improved Sense of Well-being
What are the Long Term Benefits of BioTE Bioidentical Hormones?
These effects are usually noticed after maintaining a regimen of bio-identical hormones such as Biote over the course of a year or more
Body composition changes
Improved aptitude for weight loss
Saying the bio-identical hormones cause you to lose weight is a bit exaggerated. It is more that your body composition changes enable you to metabolize food and makes you more prone to exercise.
Do testosterone pellets cause you to gain weight? Will Bioidentical Hormones help Me to Lose Weight?
You may have heard 4-6 months, which we have found to be pretty accurate in our practice. It will depend on your level of activity. If you do a lot of exercise, you may find that you will need your pellets topped off to maintain a consistent testosterone level.
Are Pellets New?
Many people get concerned that they are not familiar with pellets. While that may be true, they are commonly used throughout Australia and Europe. They are not marketed or patented at this time within the U.S. They were used in the United States in the 1940’s up through the 1970’s though. At the tail end of the 1970’s the use of pellets was supplanted by patented oral hormones.
These orally administered estrogen and testosterone hormones are chemically altered varieties that are heavily marketed within the United States. There are conventional pharmaceutical companies that manufacture pellets, with a good degree of research from Europe and Australia about pellet use.
Though, it turns out that the cannon of research on hormone pellets is seeing a steady increase in the United States. In particular, there is a new-found focus on pellet use for breast cancer patient populations. As of now, there are even clinics specializing in administering pellet hormone therapy.
How Are Pellets Used?
Under local anesthesia, the doctor makes a tiny incision on the upper buttocks. Then they insert the hormone pellets and tape the incision shut. It is very important to locate a medical practitioner who has plenty of experience both determining the right dosages for clients as well as having a lot of pellet insertion experience as well.
What Are Hormone Pellets?
The hormone pellets are manufactured from testosterone pressed and fused into cylinders. They are just a smidge larger than one single grain of rice, and small enough to fit inside a tiny incision. If you are wondering how doctors are able to provide hormone pellets in the United States, the answer is that compounding pharmacists create them. There are FDA-approved 75 milligram testosterone pellets also manufactured.
Why Should You Use Pellets?
Through the use of the hormone pellets, there is no guessing or remembering to take any pills at the exact same time today as yesterday. The pellets, meanwhile, deliver the same dose for up to 5 months for the female population and up to 6 months for males.
This prevents spikes and drops in the necessary hormone levels that are typically experienced with other delivery methods. It’s an important matter to get the dosing just right to halt disease while creating an environment that fosters optimal health. Another excellent reason to consider pellets is that they do not run the risk of fostering the formation of blood clots that are seen in other hormone therapy delivery methods.
Studies that compare pellets to conventional hormone replacement prove pellets are superior in relieving the symptoms of menopause, while maintaining bone density. They are also second to none in the restoration of sleep, sex drive, libido, and sexual performance.
Testosterone through pellet implant treats PMS, menstrual headaches and even migraines. It improves incontinence vaginal dryness, urinary frequency and urgency, as well as may reduce hot flashes. Testosterone delivered through pellets has great effects for males and females to boost energy, remove depression, stop anxiety, increase concentration and memory, while delivering well being. Of course, the delivery of testosterone also increases lean body mass, while melting fat mass.
Testosterone makes mental and physical health possible while stalling the development of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Surprisingly to most people, low testosterone levels are associated with the development of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.It’s been proven a great delivery method for those clients who had no success with other other hormone therapy.
What Are The Side Effects of Biote Pellets & Bioidentical Hormones / Complications From Pellets?
Pellet recipients may experience bruising, minor bleeding or even some discoloration at the insertion site. Even these complications are rare, though, as it is inserted in a nice, meaty area of the buttock. Women may experience some facial hair growth as their testosterone levels are increased.
Why Do We Need Testosterone Supplementation?
Testosterone is the key to the body’s signalling to make bone marrow and more red blood cells. For men in late middle age, low testosterone causes anemia. Testosterone delivery increases red blood cells and lowers anemia. After the onset of Andropause there are significant benefits to using bioidentical testosterone/hormones to increase vitality.
What Can I Do After Insertion Of Pellets?
Actually, let’s focus on what should be avoided. For the first 2 days after insertion of the pellets, avoid exercise. In men, do not exercise for one week afterward. Otherwise, the pellet may get pushed out of the body. Then you would have to go through the process again.
For diabetics and former joint replacement patients, antibiotics may be prescribed as a prophylactic. It’s usually considered a clean and non-harmful procedure, so in most cases there may be no antibiotic prescribed before hand.
My Doctor Says There’s No Evidence To Support Pellets
Here’s the truth. Sometimes a doctor saves face; meaning, if you catch them off guard with information that they are unfamiliar with they may assume there is no data to support pellets. That’s not really the case, of course. Pellets are more effective without having the risk of blood clots and stroke.
If you are particularly concerned about effectiveness and relief from low testosterone without risks of stroke, be more insistent. If you receive too much flak, you will want to go elsewhere, or get a referral to a physician who specializes in insertion of pellets. You do not want to go to the doctor who does not do the procedure. If they are not familiar with pellets, it is a flag to look at finding a doctor who understands what is called the efficacy and evidence for use of pellets. After all, we are talking about a simple procedure that can save lives (and sanity) in the process.
Will I Feel Better?
People feel like themselves after the insertion of pellets. They actually get sleep, have energy, and just experience a sense of well being, relief and happiness. They look better too, as their lean muscle mass and bone density return, while fat tissue falls. Even skin and hair improve as well.
Is Pellet Therapy As Dangerous As Conventional Therapy For Breast Cancer? Can Hormone Pellets Cause Cancer?
Testosterone pellets are safer without the risk of breast cancer that oral estrogen poses. Evidence suggests that it actually may prevent breast cancer, and therefore be considered breast protective.
In fact, back in the 1940’s testosterone implants (and today in some circles) were considered a way to treat breast cancer. Androgens enhance Tamoxifenâ therapy for breast cancer patients.
We are unaware of any circumstances in which BioTE hormone pellets cause cancer.
Do Men Really Benefit From Testosterone Hormone Therapy? -Andropause? Should a 50 or 60 year-old man take BioTE Testosterone Pellets?
As it turns out, the answer is yes. Here’s why. First off, you do not want to wait until your testosterone is too low to get help. It feels like getting mowed down by a truck. Though, know this, a guy’s testosterone levels start their decline in their early 30’s. They may not start to “feel it” or experience the effects of low testosterone, though, until they are well into middle age (mid-40’s to mid-50’s).
Others do not feel it until their 60’s through even their 80’s It’s important to be tested to find out if there is a testosterone deficiency because it can cause serious illness. Without proper testosterone, it causes moodiness, depression, bone loss, exhaustion, erectile dysfunction, trouble sleeping and mental deficiency. The great news is that going to the doctor only can help in this situation. Get tested and get testosterone treatment through pellet insertion to turn the testosterone issue around to feel better pretty quickly.
Can Hair Loss Turn Around With Pellet Therapy?
Hair loss is a sign of low hormones for women. Pellet therapy may turn around the issue, creating hair growth.
How Long Before You Feel Better?
Imagine undergoing a life-altering treatment that is simple and experiencing drastic results within 1 to 2 days. That’s often the case, though for many women it can take up to 2 weeks to experience a turnaround in how they feel.
Will My Insurance Cover My BioTE Pellet Procedure?
Usually, insurance will NOT cover BioTE hormone pellets, however at times, we may be able to get the labs covered.
If you have tried natural replacement therapy or supplement based hormone replacement therapy from health food stores, you may not have experienced the high level of benefits biodentical medicine offers. Common cited studies have demonstrated the efficacy of bio-identical hormone optimization over synthetic hormone replacement therapy. While the studies have taken on various forms and have taken years for researchers to produce, the administration has taken into account control results for individuals dealing with fatigue, mood swings, heart conditions, menopausal treatments, and aging. Research policy has demonstrated positive results for otherwise healthy individuals based on doses treated with, existing conditions, and type of human hormone testing.
Do Pellets Work? We hope we have answered most of your questions concerning hormone pellet therapy. Do hormone pellets do what they suggest? We think so. We have answered how long they last and how soon you should expect to see hormonal results. Feel free to visit our BioTE Reviews and Testimonials here.
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