What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, also known as BHRT, is a method of re-establishing normal,
youthful hormone levels in both men and women. Synthesized from plant sources, bioidentical hormones are
constructed to possess the same molecular structures as your naturally occurring hormones. Because
bioidentical hormones are virtually indistinguishable from their naturally occurring counterparts, they
fit seamlessly within your body’s endocrine system. As such, bioidentical hormones initiate the same
chemical responses as your endogenous hormones.
At Arijai Aesthetics, we utilize a procedure known as “BioTe pellet therapy” to ensure proper dosing and
consistent delivery of bioidentical hormones. Unlike topically or orally administered hormones, BioTe
pellet therapy allows patients to avoid the negative symptoms associated with near-constant fluctuations
in hormone levels. Because both topical and oral hormone therapies require frequent administration
throughout the day, BioTe pellet therapy is considered by many a superior form of delivery.
Benefits of Hormonal Therapy for Men and Women
Hormone replacement therapy works to treat a wide variety of conditions associated with the aging process
and can even serve as a preventive measure for conditions not yet present. In both men and women, BHRT
serves to restore the body’s natural balance, increasing blood plasma levels of critical hormones. In
doing so, BHRT allows for efficient communication between the endocrine system and the rest of the body,
thereby reducing or eliminating bothersome symptoms.
When the hormones required to efficiently metabolize
sugar become impaired, many people develop symptoms of Type II diabetes. The
pancreas is responsible for normal synthesis of these critical hormones, and age
or pancreatic damage can lead to diminished production. Many patients have
experienced significant improvements in symptoms due to the pellet’s unique
hormone delivery method.
Metabolic syndrome refers to a set of conditions that
increase your risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. One of the defining
characteristics of metabolic syndrome is an abnormally large waist
circumference, often due in part to hormonal imbalance. Researchers believe that
one of the biggest culprits behind the development of metabolic syndrome—and
unexplained weight gain in general—is unbalanced hormones. Our customized
approach to hormone therapy can help resolve or prevent the symptoms of
As the number one cause of death in the United
States, heart disease is responsible for over half a million deaths each year. A
decline in the hormone estrogen—which both men and women require—can increase
your risk of developing this potentially fatal condition. Because estrogen
exerts a protective effect on the heart, hormone therapy can help decrease or
prevent symptoms associated with this debilitating condition.
Testosterone is essential for both men and women.
While men may require higher levels of this critical hormone, it regulates
certain processes in the female body, as well. Customized hormone therapy works
to restore natural testosterone levels, leading to increased vitality,
performance, and well-being.
As one of the main hormone production centers in both
the male and female body, the thyroid controls an array of important bodily
functions. Disruptions in your natural thyroid hormone production can lead to a
variety of distressing symptoms, most of which are easily resolved by
re-establishing normal levels of these critical hormones.
Women all over the world over struggle with mild to
debilitating symptoms of age-related hormonal changes. These symptoms may begin
as early as your late 30s and can last well into your late 50s. Bioidentical
hormone therapy works to treat a wide array of negative symptoms associated with
menopause by restoring optimal levels of critical female hormones.
Hormone Imbalance & Hormone Optimization
When naturally occurring hormone levels are unstable, both men and women may experience a variety of
symptoms indicating hormonal imbalance. To combat these symptoms and restore a normal function of the
endocrine system, hormonal imbalance treatments such as BHRT have demonstrated consistently positive
While most men tend to think of hormonal imbalance as
a decrease in natural testosterone levels, males are also subject to variances
in other hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol. Typically, the
most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance in men include:
- Low libido
- Chronic fatigue
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased muscle and bone mass
- Increased body fat
- Mood and mental capacity changes
Just as men typically perceive hormonal imbalance as
a disruption in predominantly male hormones, females often see hormonal
imbalance as a decrease in estrogen or progesterone. However, the female body
also requires several other hormones such as testosterone, estradiol, and
cortisol that when imbalanced, can lead to health complications. The most common
among these include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Decreased muscle and bone mass
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty sleeping
- Mood changes
- Cold extremities
To optimize hormone levels, we administer exogenous hormone therapy using custom-compounded, bioidentical
hormone pellets. With therapy, the body recognizes these bioidentical chemical messengers and fully
integrates them into normal endocrine functioning. Hormone optimization helps to re-balance the body,
reduce or eliminate symptoms, and return patients to a higher state of health and vitality.
How Does BioTe Pellet Therapy Work?
The BioTe method utilizes tiny, custom-compounded pellets to resolve a variety of health symptoms
associated with hormonal imbalances. Our pellets are compounded by FDA-registered pharmacies and are
compliant with FDA regulations regarding sterility and endotoxin control. To ensure consistency and
compliance, a dedicated FDA compliance officer oversees the formulation of each batch of
Pellets are administered subcutaneously, typically around your upper buttock region. After thoroughly
numbing the area, we make a tiny incision, insert the pellet, and cover the area with a small bandage.
Because the incision is so minuscule, you will not require any type of stitching and can expect to heal
within one to two weeks.
After insertion, the pellet slowly dissolves, releasing bioidentical hormones over a sustained period.
Over time, the pellet will dissolve completely, after which you may need to return for ongoing
treatments. Keep in mind that each patient and symptom set is unique; therefore, pellet reinsertion
frequency is highly individualized and will depend on your unique case.
What to Expect With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Prior to your procedure, you must complete an extensive evaluation to discuss your symptoms, concerns,
and current state of health. During your consultation, we will test your current hormone levels to
determine if you are a candidate for hormone replacement therapy. Based on the results of your lab work,
we will then formulate a customized combination of bioidentical hormones to address your unique needs
Hormone replacement therapy for men and women is an effective method of re-balancing and optimizing
hormone levels to restore health and vitality lost through the natural aging process. After insertion of
your custom-compounded pellet, your body will receive an uninterrupted, individualized dose of various
hormones delivered directly into your bloodstream. You can expect to observe improvements in your
symptoms within seven to 10 days. With treatment, patients often report improvements in several
symptoms, including deeper sleep, heightened mental clarity, increased stamina, heightened libido,
improved mood, and weight loss, among others.
Side Effects of BioTe Pellet Therapy
As with any exogenous hormone therapy, you may experience certain side effects. However, many believe
that bioidentical hormone therapy presents a lower risk of serious side effects due to the fact that it
does not contain any harsh, synthetic materials. Typically, side effects from this form of hormone
replacement first present themselves upon initial dosing, after which they tend to subside. Because the
body is not yet accustomed to the higher level of hormones, some patients find they experience symptoms
until their body adjusts to its new “normal.”
In women, minor side effects of hormonal therapy are
often temporary and typically subside as the body adjusts to heightened hormone
levels. While annoying, these minor side effects are typically not cause for
serious concern; however, if they persist, it is important to speak with your
physician regarding your symptoms. Common minor side effects of hormonal therapy
in women include:
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
If, however, you experience more serious side effects such as sudden,
severe headache; loss of vision; difficulty speaking; weakness or numbness of
the arms or legs; sudden, intense vomiting; chest pain or heaviness; shortness
of breath; or leg pain, contact your physician immediately.
Hormone therapy for men comes with its share of side
effects; however, most of them are minor and tend to subside as the body adjusts
to the new increase in hormone levels. If you experience persistent side
effects, however, you should speak to your doctor regarding your concerns. The
most common side effects of hormonal imbalance treatments in men include:
- Fluid retention
- Increased urination frequency
- Decreased urine volume
- Sleep fluctuations
- Oily skin
While many of the above-mentioned symptoms typically diminish and are not
cause for serious concern, there is always the potential for more serious side
effects. If you experience new or worsened sleep apnea; decreased testicle size
and function; heightened cholesterol levels; breast tissue or prostate
enlargement; or decreased sperm count, contact your doctor immediately.
At Arijai Aesthetics, our compassionate and knowledgeable team is here to provide you with the therapy
you need to maximize your health and vitality. Our caring and experienced professionals are here for you
every step of the way as you begin your journey toward optimal wellness. Contact our team to schedule your hormone therapy consultation at 952.435.0605 and get started on the path toward becoming your best you.