Natural (BHRT) vs Synthetic (HRT)

BioTE® Medical offers natural hormone pellets developed to bio-identically match the existing hormones within your body. Keep reading about the benefits and drawbacks of natural (BHRT) and synthetic (HRT) below. When you are ready, find a BioTE Medical provider in your area.


What are the benefits and drawbacks of natural (BHRT) pellets?

The benefits of natural (BHRT) pellets are that they are bio-identical, which means they most closely replicate the molecular structure of your naturally occurring hormones. The bio-identical hormones used in pellets come from plant based sources. Studies have shown that bio-identical hormones are more effective at balancing hormonal chemistry because of their molecular similarities to natural hormones. The drawback of bio-identical pellets is that insurance will not cover pellet therapy, although the overall cost per therapy equates to a few dollars per day based on your individualized dose.

What are the benefits of synthetic hormone therapy?

Although Synthetic hormones (HRT) are FDA approved, the FDA cannot approve or patent natural pellet therapy (BHRT) because it’s consists of natural occurring substances. For example, water cannot be FDA approved or patented. The drawbacks of synthetic hormones (HRT), is that they do not resemble your natural hormone molecules, which results in more side effects leading to patients stopping therapies within a year. Studies have shown that bio-identical hormones are more effective at balancing hormonal chemistry because of their molecular similarities to natural hormones. Even without chemical sensitivity, many people would prefer to limit the non-natural substances they introduce into their bodies, especially one that will be absorbed in whole by the body, through the skin. Studies have shown that synthetic hormone (HRT) replacement therapy may increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, and blood clots.

About BioTE Medical

BioTE Medical only offers bio-identical hormone replacement therapy in the form of subcutaneous pellets and with over ¾ million insertions performed in the company’s history, we have seen many lives changed with optimized hormones. If any of the hormone imbalance symptoms mentioned above ring a bell for you, or remind you of someone you love, BioTE Medical encourages you to use our Find a Provider tool or to nominate your provider to begin your journey to wellness today.

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Find A Provider

Are you ready to take the next step towards healing and experiencing optimal health? Search for your city, state or zip code and we'll provide a list of the BioTE® Medical providers nearest you. With thousands of BioTE® Medical providers throughout the country, you'll likely have several options of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy provider.

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Hormone Wellness

Hormone Wellness

The Wellness Quiz will help gather your symptoms and connect you with a BioTE® Medical Certified Provider to help you understand what BioTE Medical can do for you.

Are your hormones balanced?

A simpler question is how do you know if your hormones aren't balanced? You will likely feel unwell and not be able to figure out why. The practitioners certified by BioTE® Medical have seen the life-changing results time and time again; balanced hormones can change your life.

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Why are balanced hormones important?

Studies have shown that balanced hormones are necessary for good health and disease prevention for women and men throughout the entire life cycle. However, balanced hormones become even more critical for health as we grow older and more susceptible to disease.

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What is hormone optimization?

BioTE® Medical optimizes hormone levels with bio-identical hormone pellets. Hormone optimization is a process by which levels of hormones throughout the body are equalized through continual absorption of BHRT pellets, leading to peak levels of health and wellbeing.

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How do BHRT Hormone Pellets work?

Hormone pellets release bio-identical hormones into the bloodstream continuously. These are tiny pellets just under the skin, typically placed in the upper hip. BHRT pellets are smaller than a grain of rice and are consistently effective for between 3 and 6 months.

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Age Healthier, Live Happier - The Book

Age Healthier, Live Happier - The Book

The CEO and founder of BioTE® Medical, Gary Donovitz M.D., wrote Age Healthier Live Happier which is a book about his clinical experience treating patients with bio-identical hormone replacement subcutaneous pellet therapy—commonly known as pellets.

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