You have more than 50 different hormones in your body, and if you make too little of any specific hormone, it can have seriously damaging effects. If you’re experiencing issues like weight gain, mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, or decreased sex drive, hormone depletion is a likely cause. At La Mer Holistic Medicine, the team of expert clinicians offers the best in bioidentical hormone replacement to give you the most natural method of restoring balance. Call our office, or book an appointment through online scheduling now.

BioTe Hormone Optimization Q&A

What are the signs of hormone depletion?

Hormone depletion often causes a range of symptoms that detract from your wellness and interfere with your daily life. You may experience issues such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Thinning hair
  • Decreased libido
  • Erectile dysfunction in men
  • Vaginal dryness in women
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats


Hormone depletion can affect both women and men. Often, symptoms start during menopause — usually, at around age 51 — for women. In men, symptoms of hormone depletion may start at around age 40, as they lose about 1% of their testosterone per year after that age. 

If your hormone depletion causes intrusive problems, you don’t need to live with it. Hormone replacement therapy can equalize your hormone levels, restoring you to a healthy balance, and relieving your symptoms in the most natural way possible. 

What is bioidentical hormone replacement?

Bioidentical means that the hormone replacements are identical copies of the hormones you make naturally. Traditional hormone replacements come from sources such as mare urine, while BiotTE bioidentical hormone replacements come exclusively from natural plant sources. 

At La Mer Holistic Medicine, the clinicians use BioTE hormone replacement therapy because it’s the industry-leading bioidentical hormone formula. 

BioTE pellets contain only the hormones and binders that solidify them into pellet form. BioTE tests every hormone batch extensively to ensure that they’re sterile, have maximum potency, and lack harmful endotoxins.

BioTE is fully customizable, ensuring you get the dosage and formula that’s right for your specific needs. However, it’s not the right choice for everyone. The team assesses your hormone levels and individual needs and then makes the right treatment recommendation for you. 

How does bioidentical hormone replacement work?

The La Mer Holistic Medicine team starts with special testing to check your hormone levels. They use this information to tailor a formula for you. Then, a leading compounding pharmacy creates your specific prescription. 

BioTE hormones come in the form of tiny implantable pellets, which your provider places just under your skin using a tiny nonsurgical incision. You’ll absorb the hormones gradually as your body needs them. You may notice dramatic symptom improvement in as little as two to four weeks. 

How often do I need bioidentical hormone replacement?

Over the next three to six months, you’ll absorb the hormone gradually. As you come to the end of your current hormone pellets, you’ll have a new treatment at La Mer Holistic Medicine. Most patients have BioTE appointments around two to four times a year. 

The La Mer Holistic Medicine team may recommend nutraceuticals to maximize the longevity and health benefits of your bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. 

Learn how bioidentical hormone therapy can change your life by scheduling an appointment online or calling La Mer Holistic Medicine now.

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