Do bioidentical hormones work? Let’s discuss.
Are you being lured in by all the advertisements about “all natural,” “bioidentical hormone” treatment? Are you considering having your testosterone levels checked or treated? You may want to take a closer look at these “bioidentical” hormones.
The term “bioidentical testosterone” has been hijacked!
So we asked ourselves, do bioidentical hormones work the way marketers would have us believe?
Are they really any different than commonly-used hormones?
The manufacturers and providers of these treatment options would have you believe that they are offering an organic, non-pharmaceutical option for testosterone replacement therapy.
Their marketing uses the word “bioidentical” when referring to their medication, as if using that form of treatment is the only way to give your body something it recognizes.
The fact is, testosterone injections, topicals (gels/creams), and pellet implants all utilize such treatment. Let’s take a look at what this term really means.
How Marketing “Bioidentical” Hormone Therapy Works
The buzzword “bioidentical” refers to how closely a medication matches its biological or naturally occurring counterpart on a molecular level.
So, in short, does the medication you take look exactly like what your body would produce? The answer is NO! So, do bioidentical hormones work? Not the way you expect.
This is quite possibly the one and only time you will ever find me agreeing with Dr. Oz, but don’t believe the bioidentical hormone myth.
The real question should be, “Will my body recognize and react to the medication that you prescribe in the same way it would react to naturally occurring hormones?” The answer to THAT question is: YES!
While the testosterone used in both standard prescription medications and compounded creams, gels, and pellets is more biomimetic (behaving like its natural counterpart) than bioidentical, the brain does identify and react to this testosterone the same way it would if you were producing the testosterone naturally.
The endocrine system functions on feedback loops that regulate internal hormone production. Therefore, this will have an effect on more than just your testosterone levels.
Understand that even with “bioTE” pellets, you are not receiving an “all natural” testosterone.
It is true that they use a natural source for the raw ingredients (plant sterols), but those ingredients must still be manipulated in a lab and then compounded in a sterile pharmacy to make it appropriate for human treatment.
How Do “Bioidentical” Hormones in Testosterone Pellets Work Compared To Other TRT Options?
These compounded medications are not approved by the FDA and are therefore not covered by insurance.
Studies show that, with TRT by pellet implantation, your levels are not held consistent between implantations. When the surgical procedure that is necessary to implant the testosterone pellets under your skin is complete, all the medication that you have been given begins to absorb.
This procedure typically makes your testosterone levels go up higher than they ever would naturally for the first month. Thereafter, your levels begin to plummet.
This means that, while your levels are still barely normal 4-6 months after implantation, your body goes on a huge, and potentially dangerous, roller coaster ride to get there.
Instead of dealing with potentially-dangerous pellets or questionably-marketed “bioidentical hormones” that may not even work, click the button below to set up a FREE consultation with Testosterone Centers of Texas today!
During your free consultation, we will discuss both the benefits and the risks of any potential treatments, and we can get you your testosterone test results back in under 30 minutes.