Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses synthetic hormones specifically designed to match the hormones of an individual patient and replace hormones that are not being produced in sufficient quantities by the body. BHRT is most often used to combat the symptoms of menopause, although it can be used to address other concerns in both women and men. Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones produced by a specific patient, meaning the body is better able to process them. The use of bioidentical hormones in hormone replacement therapy reduces some of the risks that used to be associated with the treatment, as the buildup of non-identical chemicals doesn’t occur. Dr. Jehangir uses the innovative BioTe hormone pellet system to help her patients who are suffering from menopausal symptoms.
BioTe is the brand name of a pellet hormone replacement therapy system that provides a slow and steady release of hormones — both estrogen and testosterone — manufactured to exactly match the hormones of an individual patient. BioTe hormone replacement therapy is only available with the prescription and supervision from a physician or nurse practitioner.
BioTe pellets are small — about the size of a large grain of rice — and are inserted under the skin, usually in the upper buttock. The placement of the pellet is a quick outpatient procedure. In most cases, the pellet is inserted in less than 10 minutes. After placement, the pellet slowly dissolves and the hormones are metabolized by the body just like naturally produced hormones.
Many of the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness, irritability, vaginal dryness, and vaginal atrophy, are due to the reduced production of hormones that accompanies the cessation of the production and release of fertile ovum. BHRT helps return the body to a state of hormonal balance. Hormones are essential to the functionality of the body and control many important functions, such as metabolism, energy levels, hair growth, and libido. During menopause, a woman’s hormones become unbalanced and they experience symptoms that interrupt their normal daily lives or make them uncomfortable. BHRT restores balance to the body, helping the patient to become stable and get back to normal activities while maintaining health and wellbeing.