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What Side Effects Should I Know About for BioTE® Hormone Replacement?

Unfortunately, a steady decline in the hormones estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone is part of the aging process. As hormones decline, a vast number of side effects can negatively impact your health and your overall well-being. Dr. Lily Phillips of Ageless Grace offers BioTE hormone replacement therapy to individuals in the located Murrieta (CA) area, as well as the surrounding areas of Temecula, Menifee, Lake Elsinore, and beyond. BioTE® hormone replacement therapy is used to treat symptoms of hormone deficiency to improve your health and your quality of life.

What is BioTE hormone replacement therapy?

BioTE hormone replacement therapy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat hormone deficiencies that are due to age and/or genetics. The hormones used are bio-identical, which are biologically identical to what your body makes. Dr. Phillips uses hormone pellets to restore and optimize your hormone levels.

Who can use BioTE hormone replacement therapy?

BioTE therapy is available to both men and women who experience symptoms of hormone deficiency. Hormone replacement therapy is appropriate for both young and older adults, and is a lifelong treatment. If your body fails to produce adequate amounts of testosterone or estrogen, hormone replacement is the only way to return levels to where they can optimize health and well-being.

What symptoms of hormone imbalance can be treated?

Hormone deficiencies are mostly due to age, genetics, and lifestyle changes. Symptoms of hormone imbalance can include:

  • Decreased libido

  • Reduced mental clarity

  • Poor energy levels

  • Weight gain

  • Decreased muscle mass

  • Mood changes

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Menopausal symptoms (night sweats, hot flashes)

Dr. Phillips of Ageless Grace can use BioTE pellets to treat all these symptoms by evaluating each patient, performing blood panels to assess current hormone levels, and customizing a treatment plan specific to your needs.

What side effects can occur while using BioTE hormone replacement therapy?

Since BioTE hormone replacement therapy uses naturally produced hormones, side effects are minimal. Some women notice an increase in facial hair, hair thinning, and acne. However, these side effects are relatively uncommon and treatable. If you are experiencing unwanted side effects from BioTE treatment, consult with Dr. Phillips right away to set up a proper course of action.

What precautions to take after treatment

During the treatment, a BioTE pellet is placed in the upper buttocks, which should cause little to no discomfort. Most patients can resume normal activity almost immediately after the pellet placement. Dr. Phillips will often recommend avoiding strenuous activity, swimming, and hot tub use for the first week after treatment.

How long does it take to feel the effects of therapy?

After the initial pellet insertion, you should begin feeling the benefits within ten days. Each hormone replacement pellet can last between 3 – 4 months for women, and between four and five and a half months for men. Once the four-month cycle ends or symptoms return, we recommend a follow-up appointment for the next pellet insertion. This allows your daily level of hormones from going down to your original starting point.

Does insurance cover BioTE hormone replacement therapy?

Although some insurances provide some level of coverage for hormone replacement therapies, no insurance plans currently cover BioTE pellets. In addition, no insurance plan covers the use of testosterone replacement for women.

Where to go to start BioTE hormone replacement therapy

If you are living with disruptive symptoms of hormone deficiency and reside in the Southern California area close to Murrieta, CA, call Ageless Grace today to schedule an appointment. Ageless Grace offers a complimentary in-person or virtual consultation. Come prepared with a list of your medical history and current symptoms, and any questions you may have. We look forward to talking with you.


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