BioTE pellets are a brand of bioidentical hormone pellets that are inserted under the skin to provide sustained hormone treatment for four to six months, claims BioTE Medical. Estrogen and testosterone in the pellets are derived from natural plant sources and claim to replicate normal human hormone levels.
Bioidentical hormones are not safer or more effective than traditional hormone therapies used to treat menopause, states Mayo Clinic. The claim of natural hormones refers to the development from plant sources rather than laboratory synthesis, but commercial processing is required for the natural sources to become bioidentical. Some FDA-approved hormone treatments contain plant-derived hormones, and claims of natural source superiority are refuted by Mayo Clinic. As of 2015, well-designed studies have failed to prove that naturally derived hormones are identical to those produced by the body, according to WebMD.