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BioTE® Hormone Therapy
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There are many spas in the area— so why choose Dr Richard Chern for hormone replacement therapy? Our clinical team is the only clinic in the area certified in BioTE hormone replacement. We base our dosing on the positive outcomes of over 100,000 previous patients. Can your doctor say that? And BioTE pellets are made in a special manufacturing laboratory where dosage tolerances are within 3% which means the dose you need is the dose you get. That’s something no other pellet can offer. The best thing is that our pellets are kept onsite ready for you and are included in the cost so you don’t have an extra visit to the pharmacy to spend another $300 or more on your hormones and then have to carry them to your doctor’s office. Our knowledgeable staff will answer any questions you have and do everything we can to make sure you are comfortable and fully informed. Financing is available as well. Check out the BioTE website for more information.


BioTE® Hormone Pellet Therapy for Men

Raise Testosterone with Hormone Pellet Therapy

Low testosterone is a hormonal imbalance that can cause serious health issues if left untreated. Symptoms of low T include depression, anxiety and a decreased sex drive. These symptoms typically emerge in men after the age of 30. Hormone pellet therapy is a safe treatment designed to rejuvenate testosterone levels.


BioTE® Hormone Pellet Therapy for Women

Treat Hormone Imbalance with Hormone Pellet Therapy

Hormone imbalance is a very serious problem for many women, particularly when it comes to perimenopause and menopause. Symptoms of hormone imbalance include fatigue, anxiety and hot flashes. Hormone pellet therapy is a natural treatment that alleviates the symptoms of female hormone imbalance safely and effectively.


Why Pellets instead of my shots?

BioTE pellets are placed about 3 or 4 times a year and the level of hormones don’t fluctuate erratically like the other methods. Do you realize that with shots you are getting anywhere from 52 to 156 shots a year? And creams are only effective for 4-6 hours and not only have limited action but also are dangerous to everyone around you and are difficult to dose consistently twice a day.


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Check out the videos below and commonly asked questions. You can also follow this link to the BioTE website for more information.


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More about Pellet Hormones
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We are a BioTE® Certified Practitioner because we trust the pellets as a quality product and see the greatest results for our patients.

For women: usually every 3-4 months. For men: usually every 4-5 months.

They are pure hormone that is not metabolized into by products by going through the liver, stomach or skin. This delivery system allows your body to use the right amount of hormone as the blood flow surrounding the pellets pick up what is needed.

Because they are pure hormone without fillers or synthetic ingredients, they completely dissolve.

That depends on your age, activity level and how much you exercise. Testosterone decreases fat and increases muscle and lean body mass. Testosterone also increases your natural growth hormone production, thereby improving your stamina and increasing muscle mass.

All side effects are temporary and treatable and occur less than 2% of the time, when pelleted correctly.

Effects can be felt starting within 24-72 hours. Optimal effect occurs three weeks after insertion.

Good hormone balance will greatly improve your libido. The addition of testosterone in pellet form can change everything for the better!

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Specifically for Women
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Yes! We have had great success, especially with women who have menstrual migraines, and new migraines that appear after age 35.

If you still have a uterus, you will need to be on natural progesterone as well.

Estrogen is the most important hormone for a woman. It protects her against heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s. It also keeps us looking young and healthy.

Testosterone is the third female hormone and is as essential as estrogen and progesterone. We need testosterone to keep our thought process quick and our libido healthy. It improves bone density, muscle mass, strength and prevents some types of depression. It is also the source of energy and solid sleep!

There is less chance of excess hair growth with natural testosterone than with synthetic hormones. Facial hair will grow with testosterone pellets, but normally no more than when you were in your thirties.

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Specifically for Men
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No. Metabolites of testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone and estrone cause prostate enlargement and contribute to prostate cancer. Estrone increases and testosterone decreases as men age and gain belly fat. Testosterone pellets are the only replacement that reverses that trend.

Your blood levels of estrone and DHT are checked after treatment to see if they are elevated. Some men still convert to these metabolites even on testosterone pellets. If they are converting, we troubleshoot with natural supplements such as DIM and Saw Palmetto, or an aromatase inhibitor prescription.

Testosterone pellets will make it better, if you do not convert it to DHT; we will treat that if it happens.

Yes, they will. Testicles are suppressed by taking any kind of testosterone and will not make as much testosterone while the pellets are working. This is not permanent and the testicle retains its ability to produce testosterone.

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Andropause
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We’ve all heard of menopause; that dreaded time of life for women when they feel like something or someone else has taken over our bodies.

As early as their 30’s, women can experience mood swings, fatigue, mental fog, depression, weight gain, night sweats and low libido. A decade or so later, hot flashes can begin and the misery steps up a notch!

What about the guys in all of this mess? Why don’t they have to suffer like we do? Don’t they age too?

Well, the answer is ABSOLUTELY! On average, males begin hormone decline at age 35, losing up to 5% of testosterone production per year.

Not necessarily. Testosterone, produced primarily by the male testicles and by the female ovaries, and to a lesser degree by the adrenal glands (yes ladies females make and NEED testosterone!), has many functions in our bodies beyond sexual health. Testosterone is primarily a BRAIN hormone. As we age and testosterone production declines, we feel those brain symptoms!

Do any of these sound familiar? Mental fog, decreased mental clarity and diffculty focusing, memory loss, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, extreme fatigue (especially in the afternoon), just to name a few! Men do not typically lose their sex drive, so don’t use that as a marker for hormone balance! Women AND men experience varying degrees of these symptoms, and it can significantly decrease our overall sense of well-being and wreak havoc on relationships of all kinds! Often, when people seek help from their primary practitioners, they are band-aided with antidepressants, sleeping and anti-anxiety pills and a host of other medications. These drugs have side effects such as weight gain, “zombie like” state, dependency for sleep, decreased sex drive and so forth, not a good remedy! Furthermore, they do not address the root problem that is causing the complaints!

Several studies show bio-identical testosterone protects many disease states! Men with low testosterone are 3 times more likely to get Alzheimer’s dementia, women are at a higher risk. Studies show men over 55 with higher levels of testosterone demonstrated significant reduction in coronary artery disease and heart attacks. Testosterone builds bone by up to 8.3% per year, preventing and reversing osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Low testosterone increases cortisol and insulin levels, which increases fat and the risk of type 2 diabetes! Further, for women, countless studies shows testosterone protects the breasts from cancer. Breast cancer tissue can have both estrogen and insulin receptors, bio-identical testosterone has been shown to down-regulate estrogen receptors in the breasts and decrease insulin levels. The more we study this vital hormone, the more we learn it protects the brain, breasts, bones, heart and decreases the risk of a host of age related disease states!

First of all, seek an expert in hormone balance. If you feel “off,” pay attention to how you feel and think twice about filling the prescriptions given to quell symptoms if they tell you “your hormones are normal”. What is “normal” for the average population in your age group may not be “normal”, or optimal, for you. For instance, we know an optimal testosterone level in males is around 900-1200 (ten times higher than women), a “normal” lab reference range can be anywhere from 200-1200 for men, depending on the reporting lab! Men are typically symptomatic under 600 and women under 80, but that’s in the “normal range!”

Not quite that easy. You also want to consider a natural hormone balance method that keeps your levels in the optimal range 24/7. That is where we see the long term health benefits stated above. Methods that put your hormones on a roller coaster by taking something every day, or a shot every week, although sometimes better than nothing, don’t give us the benefit of balanced hormones 24 hours a day. Additionally, complete thyroid panels and vitamin D3 levels should be checked as there is a synergy between them all. Again, “normal” reference ranges may not be optimal for you.

The message here is, pay attention to how you feel, educate yourself, do your research, and most importantly, find a practitioner who will sit down with you, listen and help you understand what is happening during this time in your life and how to best address it without adding a multitude of unnecessary medications and side effects.

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