Questions & Answers

What is BioTE?

BioTE is a bio-identical form of hormone therapy that seeks to return the hormone balance to youthful levels in women and men.

How do I know if I'm a candidate for pellets?

Symptoms may vary widely from depression and anxiety to night sweats and sleeplessness. You will have blood work drawn which will determine your hormone levels. Once your doctor reviews and determines whether or not you are a candidate, we will schedule an appointment for insertion.

Do I have blood work done before each treatment?

No, only initially and 4 to 8 weeks later to set your dosing. You may have it done again if there are significant changes to your weight, lifestyle, etc.

What are the pellets made from?

They are made from wild yams and/or soy.

How long will the treatment last?

For 3-5 months, depending on the person. Everyone is different so it depends on how you feel and what the doctor determines is right for you. If you are really active, you are under a lot of stress or it is hot (e.g.: San Antonio), your treatment may not last as long. Absorption rate is based on cardiac output.

Is the therapy FDA approved?

The ingredients in the pellets are all FDA approved. The distribution of the pellet is FDA regulated. The procedure is NOT FDA approved. The pellets are derived from yams and are all natural and bio-identical, meaning that they exactly replicate the hormonal composition of what the body makes.

How are they administered?

Your practitioner will implant the pellets in the dermas of the hip. A small incision is made in the hip. The pellets are inserted. No stitch is required.

Does it matter if I am on birth control?

No, your physician can determine what your hormone needs are even if you are on birth control.

What, if any, are the side effects?

The only side effects may be hair growth or acne in moderation. Both are very treatable. Serious side effects are rare and unrelated.

What if I'm already on HRT like creams, patches, pills?

This is an easy transition. Your physician will be able to determine your needs even though you may be currently taking these other forms of HRT.

What if I have had breast cancer?

Breast cancer survivors and patients with a family history of breast cancer may still be candidates. But, the physician must determine their potential candidacy. The physician consultation will include a detailed discussion unique to your situation and highlight the risks/benefits in these scenarios.

I would like to make an appointment with Dr. Bhatia. How should I schedule an appointment?

Thank you for your time and consideration! We welcome appointments through our online appointment scheduler or via telephone (210-222-2694). If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via phone or the contact us form online.

I have a question about insurance coverage. Who should I consult?

Please contact the office at 210-222-2694 and ask to speak to Angie Aguirre.

I’ve already been seen by another physician and/or had tests elsewhere. What do I need to do to see you?

Transfer records before they come. Call and speak to anyone in the office or use the transfer records form posted online.

I’ve made an appointment with Dr. Bhatia. What do I need to bring to my appointment? And can spouse/partner come with me?

We look forward to seeing you. Please bring any or all medical records/tests pertaining to your case. Specifically, those obtained while seeing another physician. And, as an answer to the second question, please do bring your spouse/partner to your appointment. He/she is welcome to accompany you into the exam room.

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