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Common Problems of First Insertions

  • Fluid retention
  • Frequently occurs with the first insertion, and especially when done in hot, humid weather conditions
  • Swelling of the hands & feet
  • Common in hot, humid weather conditions
  • Breast tenderness & nipple sensitivity
  • Uterine spotting or bleeding
  • Mood swings & irritability
  • Pellet extrusion
  • Facial breakout
  • Reduction in testicular size
  • Reduction in sperm

Breast Cancer Studies

There are HUNDREDS of studies, the take home is this:

  • Testosterone delivered by pellet implants DOES NOT increase risk of breast cancer unlike oral, synthetic methyl-testosterone
  • Testosterone implants have shown LESS stimulation of breast tissue
  • Treatment with testosterone and estradiol implants DOES NOT increase the risk of breast cancer, even in breast cancer survivors

Q: How often will I need pellets?
A: For women: usually every 3-4 months. For men: usually every 4-5 months.

Q: Why are pellets better than creams, patches, shots or pills?
A: They are pure hormone that is not metabolized into by products by going through the liver, stomach or skin. This delivery system allows your body to use the right amount of hormone as the blood flow surrounding the pellets pick up what is needed.

Q: Where do the pellets go?
A: Because they are pure hormone without fillers or synthetic ingredients, they completely dissolve.

Q: How long will it take for my body to become leaner utilizing pellets?
A: That depends on your age, activity level and how much you exercise. Testosterone decreases fat and increases muscle and lean body mass. Testosterone also increases your natural growth hormone production, thereby improving your stamina and increasing muscle mass.

Q: Are there any side effects and/or complications?
A: All side effects are temporary and treatable and occur less than 2% of the time, when pelleted correctly.

Q: How long will it take for the pellets to get into my system and work?
A: 24-72 hours. Optimal effect occurs three weeks after insertion.

Q: I have no libido – will this help?
A: Good hormone balance will greatly improve your libido. The addition of testosterone in pellet form can change everything for the better!

Questions Specifically for Women:

Q: I get horrible headaches – will they help me?
A: Yes! We have had great success, especially with women who have menstrual migraines, and new migraines that appear after age 35.

Q:Do I need to take other medication?  
A: If you still have a uterus, you will need to be on natural progesterone as well.

Q: Why do I need estrogen?
A: Estrogen is the most important hormone for a woman. It protects her against heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s. It also keeps us looking young and healthy.

Q: Why do I need testosterone?
A: Testosterone is the third female hormone and is as essential as estrogen and progesterone. We need testosterone to keep our thought process quick and our libido healthy. It improves bone density, muscle mass, strength and prevents some types of depression. It is also the source of energy and solid sleep!

Q: Will I grow unwanted hair from testosterone?
A: There is less chance of excess hair growth with natural testosterone than with synthetic hormones. Facial hair will grow with testosterone pellets, but normally no more than when you were in your thirties.

Questions Specifically for Men:

Q: Does testosterone cause prostate cancer? 
A: No. Metabolites of testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone and estrone cause prostate enlargement and contribute to prostate cancer. Estrone increases and testosterone decreases as men age and gain belly fat. Testosterone pellets are the only replacement that reverses that trend.

Q: How do I take testosterone pellets and not convert them to Dihydrotestosterone and estrone?
A: If you still have a uterus, you will need to be on natural progesterone as well.

Q: Why do I need estrogen?
A: Your blood levels of estrone and DHT are checked after treatment to see if they are elevated. Some men still convert to these metabolites even on testosterone pellets. If they are converting, we troubleshoot with natural supplements such as DIM and Saw Palmetto, or an aromatase inhibitor prescription.

Q: What if I have prostate enlargement already?
A: Testosterone pellets will make it better, if you do not convert it to DHT; we will treat that if it happens.

Q: Will my testicles shrink while on testosterone pellets?
A: Yes, they will. Testicles are suppressed by taking any kind of testosterone and will not make as much testosterone while the pellets are working. This is not permanent and the testicle retains its ability to produce testosterone.

How are BioTE Hormone Pellets Created?

Pellets compounded and used in the BioTE Method are made of pure “Human Identical” hormone and a small amount of Stearic Acid that acts as a binding agent to keep the hormone in pellet form for insertion. If you’ve ever taken an Aspirin you’ve had stearic acid, and there are no known allergic reactions to Stearic Acid.

Hormones are “synthesized” in an FDA Certified lab. This “synthesis” or creation of “Human Identical Hormones” is very different than “Synthetic Hormones” which are different in molecular structure than the exact identical molecular structure of the Testosterone and Estradiol molecule that our bodies naturally produce.

Carbon, Hydrogen, and Oxygen atoms are taken from plant matter such as Soy or Yams (because we have to get the atoms from somewhere) to make the molecules known as Testosterone and Estradiol.

Once this human identical molecular structure is created, it no longer resembles anything from which it was derived, no matter what the source of the atoms were originally. Under the microscope, the Testosterone and the Estradiol that is in the pellet is the exact same molecular structure as the Testosterone and Estradiol that we have in our own physiology.

There is no genetic material in atoms; therefore, they cannot be genetically modified so concerns around GMO, Pesticides, Antibiotics, Herbicides, etc. are of no concern because the atomic structure of an atom cannot be altered with exposure to those substances. Also, there is no concern about the originating source and allergies, since the resultant molecule is now either testosterone or estradiol and no longer resembles the originating molecule. Hydrogen will always be Hydrogen, Carbon will always be Carbon, and Oxygen will always be Oxygen.
Our pharmacists are able to make (synthesize) anything in the laboratory or compounding pharmacy to resemble anything that exists in nature and not in nature, in this case, Testosterone and Estradiol. The human identical hormone that is in the pellet is just that….Human Identical Hormone and does not resemble or have any of the characteristics of the source material (plant matter in this case) from which it was created.

In summary, the body knows exactly how to best utilize the pellet of “human identical hormone” with very few adverse reactions or side effects, because it is the same molecule that it has been naturally producing.
-BioTE Medical