Tired? Irritable? Overweight? It's Probably Your Hormones
Why? Because two years ago, this 39-year-old started having symptoms of a hormonal imbalance: I was sleeping poorly, tired, had brain fog big time, couldn't lose weight, and experienced poor exercise recovery. Plus, I developed a ton of new food allergies after pregnancy. (Yes, all of those symptoms can be related to a hormonal imbalance! And yes, hormone decline starts in your 20s and 30s.)
Enough was enough. So, I decided to be a guinea pig for my patients, testing out bio-identical hormone replacement (bioTE): plant-derived, all natural estrogen and testosterone, delivered by tiny pellets inserted just under the skin.
Within a few weeks, my symptoms improved drastically and I started recommending BioTE to many of my clients at Refresh Wellness, who also saw success. So is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy right for you? Here's what I tell new patients in my office when we discuss bioTE:
- What is bio-identical hormone replacement?
- What are the pellets made of and why a pellet?
- What "hormone" do the pellets release, exactly?
Hormone pellets can release estradiol (estrogen) or testosterone.
- What other symptoms can be related to hormonal imbalances?
Everything from sleep disorders and depression to menopause and andropause...not to mention poor libido. Optimized hormones can actually help prevent Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, inflammation, diabetes, and heart disease.
- How do you know if my symptoms are related to a hormonal imbalance?
You don't. That is where I come into play. We draw labs and check hormone levels, inflammation levels, genetic markers, celiac panel, thyroid levels, and other pertinent markers. And, as an anti-aging physician specialist, I listen to you and ask questions. It's important to understand what is going on so that I can best help you.
- Can BioTE negatively affect my health?
- How do you implant the pellets and how long do they last?
The pellets are implanted into the soft tissue (usually the buttocks) after numbing with lidocaine. A small hollow needle is placed into the numb area with the pellet inside and popped in. The small incision is sealed with small paper stitches that come off in a few days.
- How long will it take until I notice a difference?
- Do I need hormone replacement therapy for life?