By age 45, nearly 40% of men have lower-than-normal testosterone. And it’s estimated that roughly 2 million women enter menopause each year, characterized by a gradual but significant decline in estrogen levels.
This sex hormone deficiency impacts many aspects of life, many of which you may be unaware. Growing older doesn’t have to mean giving up activities you enjoy or putting up with uncomfortable symptoms.
Through his practice, Epitome Medical Aesthetics, Dr. Norman Gonzales offers men and women the latest advancements in hormone replacement therapy. Learn more about the benefits of BioTE hormone treatment.
Could you have low sex hormones and not know it?
When you think of lack of testosterone or estrogen, adults in their 60s likely come to mind. It may surprise you to know that low sex hormone can and does commonly occur earlier. A simple blood test can check your hormone levels and determine whether your body is producing enough.
If you are age 45 or older, it’s beneficial to have your levels of sex hormones checked for deficiency. If you’re found to have low testosterone or estrogen, Dr. Gonzales will create an individualized treatment plan to balance your hormones and get you feeling better.
BioTE the latest advancement in hormone replacement treatment
BioTE is a hormone replacement therapy that offers numerous benefits. Unlike other forms of HRT that are synthetic, BioTE is a bio-identical, plant-based hormone therapy.
Bioidentical hormones are very similar to those your body makes naturally. Because the molecular structure is the same as the hormones you make, your body uses BioTE as it would its own hormones.
Treatment with BioTE is completely individualized. The goal is to ensure that you receive the right amount of hormones to bring you back into balance without having too much or too little.
Dr. Gonzales uses lab results to determine the starting dose and makes adjustments to get you back on track. He may repeat labs and assess your symptoms after four-to-six weeks to ensure the proper dosage.
BioTE is delivered in the form of a pellet that contains custom-compounded hormones. The pellet is about the size of a grain of rice. Dr. Gonzales injects the pellet under the skin where it delivers the vital hormones your body needs for you to feel well and thrive.
Women typically receive a new pellet every three-to-five months, while men usually receive a replacement pellet every five-to-six months.
BioTE delivers based on your needs
Once injected under the skin, BioTE delivers hormones based on your needs. The pellet releases small, physiological dose of sex hormones, the way your body would normally produce hormones, instead of all at once.
This way you aren’t overexposed to hormones at certain periods, while underexposed at other times. BioTE’s delivery system ensures that you get the hormones you need, when you need them, and not when you don’t.
Restoring hormone balance with BioTE relieves symptoms of low hormones and can have a major impact on how you feel and function. Low estrogen in women and lack of testosterone in men can cause symptoms that impact your daily life, including:
- Weight gain
- Low mood
- Night sweats
- Trouble concentrating
- Sleep disruption
- Loss of lean mass
- Hot flashes
- Low libido
If you’ve been feeling tired, out of sorts, a loss of vigor, and not quite yourself, balancing your hormones can help restore your vitality.
To learn more about HRT with BioTE and get started with treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gonzales by calling our Virginia Beach, VA, office or booking your appointment online.