How Does Hormone Optimization Work?

In 1960, women lived an average lifespan of around 73 years. Fast forward to today, women typically live into their 80s. As a result, you can expect to spend more time in the post-reproductive phase of your life. This makes it crucial to support your health as you age so that you can feel and function well as your reproductive years wind down.

At Serrano OB/GYN in San Antonio, Texas, OB/GYN Christopher Serrano, MD, puts women’s health as our top priority. For most women, the drastic decline in hormones that occurs in mid-life brings with it more than night sweats and hot flashes. Difficulty concentrating, problems with memory, and crushing fatigue can derail your life, affecting many areas. 

Hormone optimization with BioTe® can ease symptoms and help you feel like yourself again and reclaim your life. 

What is BioTE?

BioTE delivers plant-derived hormones that are chemically identical to those your body naturally produces. This compatibility enables these hormones to function seamlessly within the body, closely mimicking natural hormonal rhythms.

This helps minimize potential side effects often linked with synthetic hormone therapies, which may have slightly different chemical structures. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, like BioTE, is a popular option, especially among those seeking more natural treatment methods. 

BioTE’s hormones are compounded in accredited pharmacies and are tailored to your specific hormone needs. This customization ensures that each patient receives a treatment precisely aligned with their body’s requirements, reducing the risk of over-or-under exposure. BioTe gradually releases just what the body needs, which is key to hormone optimization. 

The hormone optimization process

A blood test to analyze your hormones is the first step on the road to reclaiming your vitality and feeling like yourself again. This evaluation is crucial in identifying specific hormonal imbalances.

After the assessment, our team will create a customized plan. This personalized approach is what sets BioTE apart, as it moves beyond one-size-fits-all solutions to a more targeted and effective approach to hormone optimization.

Innovative pellet therapy

BioTE comes in a tiny pellet (about the size of a grain of rice) containing concentrated bioidentical hormones that are inserted under the skin, usually in the hip area. The procedure is quickly performed in our office. Once inserted, the pellets gradually and consistently release small, physiologically appropriate doses of hormones, providing a steady stream of medication.

This delivery method has the advantage of bypassing the liver and gastrointestinal system, allowing for more direct absorption into the bloodstream. It also eliminates the need for daily pills or creams, making it a convenient option for those seeking a hassle-free approach to hormone therapy. 

Experiencing the benefits

Patients who choose BioTE therapy often report a significant improvement in symptoms commonly associated with hormonal imbalance, often within a couple of weeks. Commonly reported benefits include:

Patients also report a reduction or complete elimination of vasomotor symptoms such as night sweats and hot flashes, as well as a resolution of vaginal dryness.

For many women, this translates into an enhanced quality of life.

In addition to commonly reported benefits, restoring hormonal balance provides a protective benefit, protecting against:

In addition to protecting your brain, bones, and heart, replenishing lost hormones helps you feel balanced and motivated and promotes a sense of well-being. 

Individualized hormone optimization

Our hormone optimization therapy extends beyond just the hormonal composition; it also includes the dosing and duration of the therapy. Our team uses BioTE to provide a dynamic and responsive approach to hormone optimization by continually assessing and tailoring the treatment. This approach evolves with your needs, ensuring optimal hormone therapy and minimizing risks.

If you’re experiencing signs of hormonal imbalance or want to learn more about hormone optimization with BioTe, get in touch with the team at Serrano OB/GYN to request a consultation.

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