Hair loss with biote pellets

by Yona
(Tyler, Texas, USA)

I have been holding out all hope that this product would work for me because of the added energy, increased muscle mass, extra energy and increased libido. I was in perfect health. All labs were normal. I was using Climara pro patches and had done so for a few years and they worked really well for me. Because of the pellets being "natural," I decided to try them.

After the first insertion, I had to go back for an adjustment. Everything seemed to be fine except for a low Vitamin D. About three weeks after my second insertion, I began losing my hair rapidly and having borderline hypothyroidism. I am at 3.0 and normal thyroid is 3.5. Now I experience constipation from taking Nature-throid 16.25 mg. This is sickening to me. I had gorgeous hair. It was full and thick. I have lost a fourth of it and my hair line is receding on the sides and am losing all over at the roots. Is it going to stop thinning? Will it grow back? I hate this is happening because I like the way I feel and look except for the noted side effects. Please advise.

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Apr 08, 2017
I thought it was just me!
by: Anonymous

I LOVE the increased libido as I had none before.

I am 14 years post hysterectomy and due to a sensative stomach and allergy to adhesive, thought I had no options...then came the pellets.

I TOO am now borderline hypothyroid and I too have lost at least a quarter of my hair. I will NOT be doing a second pellet insertion. How good will increasing my libido be when I am completely bald!

I feel that this should be at the forefront of their "information" regarding the therapy.

If it does not come back...we've got an issue!

May 23, 2017
hair loss
by: Anonymous

I am freaking out as my hair is falling out by the roots. My doctor never disclaimed this possibility and I am very concerned.

I am on my second pallet and have increased energy, libido and some weight gain.

Does anyone know if stopping this pellet, the hair grows back?

Also if there is recommended treatment to balance out what is going on here?

Aug 28, 2017
Hair loss
by: Anonymous

I've been using biote pellets for a year and half. My body runs through them so I get inserts every 4 months.

I'm only 33 and my labs showed that I was off the charts post-menopausal (not sure if was genetic or caused by Mirena) I was miserable and had been for a couple of years before I decided to have my hormones checked.

I love biote pellets and will more than likely keep using them because of the drastic difference I physically/emotionally feel. However, I have noticed more hair loss. My hairdresser seems to think it's still the same and family doesn't notice it, but I notice.

My practioner put me on Spironolactone. I honesty can't tell if it's doing anything. I did research and find that it is a testosterone blocker.

Are y'all doing anything to help with hair loss now? Or is it any better?

Aug 30, 2017
Hair Loss
by: Joy

Please read this page on Biote Pellets, I really do not recommend them at all and account for the many side effects that many experience.

The Mirena is probably one of the worst devices invented, it should be banned. Please read up the side effects of it on the Contraceptives page.

Spironolactone is a concern, it carries a cancer warning. See here and here.

You very clearly are suffering from estrogen dominance.

Please read the thread given to you above, taking note of what Wray has advised. You might like to take the time to read all the links to her website as well as all the study papers. I am sure that they will explain what is happening to you and all those who use them.

Mar 12, 2018
Hair loss
by: Anonymous

Did your hair ever grow back?

I am in the middle of this nightmare right now.

Mar 28, 2018
Hair loss
by: Anonymous

I love the pellets. Never felt so good. I've been on them for 2 years and have lost lots of my hair. I dont know if it's the pellets or thyroid.
I can't get a straight answer at the Doctors office. I cannot just keep losing more hair.
Looks like it may be the pellet not the thyroid.

Jun 21, 2018
when does it stop
by: Anonymous

I agree with all of the positive comments about the pellet but I stopped this treatment as well due to hair loss. It has been a year and my hair continues to fall out from the root.

It would be great to hear from someone that can tell us how long this goes on....until I have no hair left? :(

Jul 30, 2018
Grows Back
by: Anonymous

My doctor said that if/when I stop the pellets, the hair will grow back.

Aug 03, 2018
Another pellet victim
by: Anonymous

I took pellet therapy for about a year. My hair started falling out by the root and the facial hair was like a man. I stopped the therapy and unfortunately my hair has not grown back.

I would definitely not recommend the pellets for anyone. There has not been enough research done on these.
I wish I had never started.

Aug 04, 2018
thick beautiful hair GONE
by: Anonymous

I never looked at the blood work my doctor took after my first pellets. When my hair started falling out I went to my MD to test thyroid- was perfect. However my testosterone and free testosterone were super high. 450 on testosterone and that was 8 months after my last pellet.

Berry Flemming, my Biote doctor told me it was to his discretion how much he gave me. I had blood work drawn by his office but they said there were no results for the lab even though they drew it and I paid for the labs! His office only told me "You signed a paper saying you were aware you could loose your hair. Flemming gave me a laser cap- not working after four months.

Ladies- there should be a class action lawsuit. He said I may go bald. I am suicidal now. Nightmate

Aug 10, 2018
Very depressing
by: Kris

I have always had fine hair and not a whole lot. Received the first pellet and did not notice much difference. Decided to get the second pellet because... well it was free. Thought for the price I should try to get the whole effect. Never told that I could loose my hair and actually told that it may help with hair growth.

I can tell you right now if it had ever been disclosed to me that I would be loosing my hair I would have NEVER done the biote pellet.

My hair has been falling out ever since and everything I have tried has not helped. If anyone has any idea what to do I would so appreciate it. Have been trying everything. I do hope it will grow back. This is the most depressed about my hair and myself I have ever been.

Aug 20, 2018
Huge Hair Loss
by: Anonymous

Hi ladies, I'm also having a nightmare with hair loss after my second pellet insertion. I'm desperate to tell the truth. I had gorgeous and full hair, I lost 60% of my hair in 6 months. My first pellet insertion was in January/18 and my second in April/18. My hair loss stated just before my second insertion. I'm supposed to have another insertion now but I've decided not to, hoping that the hair loss would stop as my doctor said it will once. My hair keeping falling from the roots all day, full hand of hair every day that I have photograph.

What we should all do? I'm hoping it will grow back but how long it will take? This hair loss is making me so worry. We need better answers from our doctors. Anyone have any information about it?

Aug 28, 2018
Me too
by: Anonymous

I never even thought to research hair loss associated with BHRT. I had been on creams for years and didn’t have significant hair loss. December 17 I had my first insert and again in March that was about the time I started noticing. It’s gotten worse.

No one told me that was a possibility or I would have NEVER got the pellets.

My self esteem and mental health are so affected! I mean what’s the alternative, a wig?

So very scared!

Aug 29, 2018
by: Kathy

I used the pellets for about 2 years and loved the way I felt.

I noticed slight hair loss about a year into the therapy. Then it became so pronounced and after some research I stopped receiving the pellets. Six months after my last insertion I visited my primary care physician about the hair loss. My thyroid was normal my testosterone was over 400.

I continue to lose hair and I had really thick hair all my life; I am devastated! Have had to order a hair piece.

I do not have any faith the hair will grow back.

Aug 29, 2018
Pellet is the devil
by: Katie

Does anyone have any updates on their hair loss? I have probably lost a quarter of my hair since April, when I had my first insertion. Any help?

When I got the pellet my testosterone level was at a 7 and my progesterone was really low, too. Thyriod fine. I'm on spiro now and that's the only thing that is semi-helping (I say semi because I went off it and the shed was nightmare-ish, worse than it is now).
A friend of mine just got a pellet inserted (after I warned her not to). I'm worried she's about to start shedding, too. We'll see...
I, too, am thinking of getting a topper.

Aug 30, 2018
Hair loss nightmare
by: Anonymous

I too am losing my hair! It is very scary. Retested and my thyroid was worse than before, not sure what my testosterone was, but now I will find out.

I have always had baby fine hair and not a lot of it. Now I could go bald, would not do this therapy again even though hot flashes stopped and libido was great. I am so sad. I am taking hair care vitamins and using an infrared cap, hope this will slow it down. Going to see my hair dresser today, she will be shocked!

Nov 06, 2018
Devastated to give up my pellets
by: Anonymous

I too thought I had found my joy again! The pellets made me vivacious, happy and fall completely in love with my husband again. After my second treatment I started to notice large clumps of hair falling out. My hair has always been my best feature. I was devastated! I did research upon research. When I called the doctor who prescribed the pellets he gave me a theory that made no sense! Something about how I was going to loose my hair anyway and the pellets just synced all my hair loss into the same time period instead of spreading it out.

I then researched the help of a holistic approach. Over the past 5 years I have been realizing the benefits of essential oils. There is a recipe of essential oils that has stopped my hair loss. Last week I noticed the growth of 1/2 hair filling in all my bald spots! Thank you God! Here is the recipe:
2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
4 drops cypress essential oil
4 drops Geranium essential oil
2 drops Juniper essential oil
5 drops of lavender oil
3 drops of rosemary
Then put 1 drop of the blend into 1/4 tsp of water, and rub on the bald area and entire scalp. I times the recipe by 5 and put it in a tiny spray bottle. keep it next to my toothbrush a spray at night and in the morning. Has worked for me!

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Nov 14, 2018
by: Anonymous

I’ve had thick shiny hair - until BioTe! Three months after my first insertion of both pellets, my hair is coming out in clumps and my forehead looks like a billboard thanks to my receding hairline. All the stupid pellets did was stop my hot flashes, period.
I wouldn’t ever ever have this done again and I’m just sick I did them in the first place. I’ve had all sorts of IBS plus muscle and bone problems that I’ve never had before too.
Whom can we sue?

Jan 23, 2019
Hair loss after 1.5 months of first BioTe pellet
by: Anonymous

I had my first biote pellet placed Nov 12, 2018, By December I was having acne breakouts like a teenager. I did not notice increased libido, mental clarity or increased energy. By January 2019, I had a noticeable receding hairline and patches of hair loss.

My husband is a Surgeon and had told me not to mess with my hormones but I did not listen to him and now I’m loosing my hair. Yesterday, My husband surgically removed the pellet & said that I had scar tissue around the implanted device. He had to cut out the scar tissue and sutured the incision closed.

I have gone to the biote webpage and no where does it list hair loss as a drawback. The only drawback listed is that insurance does not cover it.

Jan 24, 2019
by: Katie

Hi, I wanted to come back and share the rest of my story. I'm 35 and got a testosterone pellet implanted in April 2018.
I was already experiencing hair shedding and thinning thanks to an autoimmune condition that had attacked my hormones. My testosterone was at 7 at that point and my OB put me on progesterone and then inserted a Biote pellet.

Initially, I had a terrible reaction... my estrogen skyrocketed. My testosterone eventually caught up, but my hair loss only worsened. Receding hairline (keep in mind, I'm 35!). I went through months of awful shedding and finally was put on spironoloctone.

The pellet never did what it was supposed to do and I never felt any benefits from it AT ALL.
After 5 months on spiro, my hair has finally stopped shedding and is growing back (also, thanks to Rogaine).

It has been 9 months since I got the pellet and I would say I'm finally feeling back to "normal."
I saw an endocrinologist and she said that the pellet -- without a doubt -- worsened my hair loss.

But I did want to follow up and say that the hair loss has stopped/subsided to give some others hope.

Jan 29, 2019
Yes, Suffering From Hair Loss
by: Anonymous

Hello there. I am 59 years old and have been on pellet therapy for almost three years. I have always had fine hair, but had plenty of it. Over the last three years my hair has significantly thinned out, much to my despair. In addition to decreasing head hair, I had an increase in chin and neck hair. Ugh!!!!!!

Several times over the last three years, I addressed my concerns with my doctor and the only response I got is that he didn't want to increase my estrogen level in the pellets as he feared there would be spotting. So each time I had the pellets inserted, my hair thinned out a little bit more. I did not put the two together as I visited my dermatologist about this and he said I had female pattern hair loss. I like my GYN, but am a bit upset with him for not suggesting my hair loss issues could be related to the pellets. Pellets are a huge money maker for these doctors.

After doing a great deal of research - I have decided to stop the pellet therapy (should be depleted from my body within a month). I was using bio- identical creams prior to the pellets and had no issues. Wanted to try the pellets as it was just easier than using creams every night (If I could backtrack - I would gladly choose the inconvenience of applying nightly creams as opposed to thinning hair). Honestly, I look back at pictures of me with my hair, I just want to cry. I do not even have enough hair to put in the clip in extensions.

I would like to add that I did purchase the iRestore Laser helmet and have been using it for three weeks, and I do see peach fuzz coming in, so I am hopeful for my head of hair to return. I am also taking biotin supplements and using a hair loss serum from Makeup Artists Choice, so trying to be very proactive in this.

In the end...there definitely should be a warning stated with the pellet therapy. Shame on them!

Best of luck ladies and remember, you are your worst critic!!! Don't be!!!!!

Feb 05, 2019
3 medications and still losing hair
by: Anonymous

I have been on the pellets for about 2 years and have experienced hair loss like something horrible. My husband said it looked like a beaver was crawling down the drain.

The doctor put me on spironolactone AND propecia because one wasn't working. Then I also took some all natural pill that biote makes that is a broccoli extract. I think it may be less shedding but it is still coming out and not growing back. I don't think it is worth it. The only reason I keep doing them is because he says I have too wait 6 months before they give me a different hormone. I had a complete hysterectomy so I do not produce any. I am just going to grin and bear it I guess.

I would like to know about all natural hormone therapy? I thought that was what these were. That was why I began them. Now I read otherwise.

Aug 25, 2019
Hair loss
by: Anonymous

Not only has my hair gotten much thinner it’s very fine! I had Beautiful lush hair!!! Thanks a lot BIO TE!

Nov 04, 2019
Severe Hair Loss
by: Anonymous

I'm on my second Biote pellet. The first one I felt great. A week after the second one I started loosing large amounts of hair. Two months in and I have lost 70% of my hair and they put me on Spironolactone. I'm seeing no stop in hair loss.

Has anyone had their hair grow back? I'm going bald!!

Jan 04, 2020
I’m 58 and I’m loosing my hair and the pellets are affecting my eye sight
by: Anonymous

I’m 58 years old and have been taking BioTee for almost two years. It was great and it definitely helped my marriage. My sex drive increased, I had more energy, the hot flashes were gone - initially I felt great! A lot of my friends were on BioTee and were experiencing the same results.
But no one told me about the possibility of loosing your hair. My hair is literally falling out. This also happened to a friend of mine so bad that she lost more than 50% of her hair. She just spent $500 on a wig. That’s just crazy.

Ladies - make sure you are aware of this fact. You must weigh out the good compared to the bad. I would never have taken it if I had known. This is affecting my self-esteem and is embarrassing. On the right side of my hair I have to position my hair to try to cover the bald spot. Its awful. Not only have I experienced hair loss I too am experiencing loss of my sight. When I started taking BioTee I had 20/20 vision and wore reading glasses in a 1.0 strength for reading. In less than 12 months my eye sight had decreased significantly. I went from a 1.0 to a 3.0 reading glasses strength. I am now wearing 4.0 reading glasses and my preacher looks like a silhouette and a blur. I’ve had my eyes checked and I don't need prescription glasses but I CANT see. Several others have written about this as a side effect of BioTee. My sister stopped taking BioTee and her vision cake back. So realistically, I guess the question is, "Do I want to be bald and blind but still have a great libeto because of BioTee OR should I consider other options"

I’m scheduled to have another BioTee injection in January. I have to get them every 4 months now. When asking my gynecologist about side effects, she is vague and won’t confirm or deny. I just don’t think it’s worth it. I wanted to share my story. Do your research ladies.

Aug 22, 2020
Hair Loss
by: Anonymous

I just realized that BioTee is causing my hair loss - NO MORE - I had not idea until started researching -- I have hypo thyroid - and just thought that the reason - getting ready for PRP treatment on my head to try and restore hair growth.

Aug 24, 2020
Hair Loss STOP
by: Anonymous

Hi ladies, I left a comment on Aug 20, 2018.
I want to give an update, since that I have my beautiful hair back. It has grown and it is long now.

I want to give you all a little hope.

When I started with the Biote pellets I did it with a doctor that put too much hormones on me specially on my second insertion. I think my body just got a shock at that time. I got so angry, disappointed, confused, I lost lots, lots, lotsssss of hair. I had to cut my hair short (which I never had).

After that, I found another doctor that hear me, he wanted to help and treated my hair loss for a while until I got comfortable enough to get the pellets insert with him again. He gave me hope to begin and made me trust him. I started (and never stopped) to take Finasteride and biotin, collagen, I changed my thyroid medication a little bit ( I have Hypothyroid for over 20 years).

It took me almost 1 year to feel comfortable to get the Biote Pellets insert again on me. I wanted to have it, it gives me energy, helps me with my mood, with my exercise, muscle gain, sex.

So, with this new doctor we decide to put just the minimum and it has been 2 years since that. I have the same amount insert every 4 months and I love it. My hair stills falls but not comparison with how it was before, it has grown specially on the temples and best of all, I gained confidence again.

I hope this helps to see a light for all of you. I know that our body reacts different, I'm 55 years old, but since we all had/have the same problem with the hair loss I wanted to share good news with you all.

Best, Sonia
* the Nioxin shampoo helps me a lot as well

Sep 24, 2020
bio t pellets
by: jodie

My hair is falling out due to Bio T pellets. I quit taking this 3 months ago, is there any help with this?

Sep 28, 2020
by: Anonymous

After reading all these very scary posts there’s one common thread & its Biote pellets! I honestly believe it’s that pellet brand. I’ve been getting pellets for 15 years & my husband for 10 years & neither one of us have ever experienced this. I will have to get back to you on our brand but it is NOT biote!!
I’m so sorry this happened to all of you.

Oct 03, 2020
by: Ali

My first pellet treatment went well. The second round was when I started to loss hair. I have fine hair and now it is thinning. I was informed by MD that the testestorone turned into DHT. In men it causes hair loss. Now I am taking a medication to "reverse" the problem. I am desperately researching other avenues. I feel great but my hair has caused me more angst. Thanks

Nov 24, 2020
by: ARDH

Hey ladies!

I'm in the same boat as you, with my thyroid, Vitamin D and hair loss. Can you tell me if you've had any resolution with your signs/symptoms?

Nov 24, 2020
Severe Hair Loss
by: Anonymous

I've been off the BioTe pellets for a year and a half and my hair is brittle frizzy and still falling out. It tries to regrow but just falls out.

I've been to multiple doctors with no answers but just to wait. I'm hoping it will stop soon.

These pills really affect your body badly.

Nov 25, 2020
Pesky Pellets
by: Anonymous

Ladies, it’s the pellets. That’s why you’re balding. Stop them.
I was told to use Active Wow shampoo and conditioner by the nurse, who seemed to have heard this complaint before. I like It Boost Intensive Hair Tonic. Use twice a week. It’s going to take a year at least but be patient. My hair is thinning around my temples and hairline but I am seeing improvement.
Hang in there!

Sep 03, 2021
Please tell me your hair few back
by: Anonymous

Most of these comments are from a few years ago. I wish I would have seen these as I am now on my 2nd pellet and my hair is falling out! I have beautiful, thick hair and now it's so awful. I'm so scared. Can some of you please respond back and let me know how your hair is after stopping? I'm NEVER taking another pellet again.

Sep 04, 2021
Please tell me your hair grew back
by: Joy

​Hi there

I do hope that someone will respond. It is always helpful when feedback is received. Pellets are dreadful things, they should be banned.

If you have not seen this​ ​page,​​​ please read it. Wray explains all about pellets with supporting references.

​I​nositol may help you, it is a B vitamin, also known as the alopecia vitamin.​​

Good luck

Sep 04, 2021
Post pellet update
by: Katie

Hi! I can confirm that after three years & the help of birth control, spironolactone & Viviscal, my hair is almost back to normal. But I only did one pellet as a result of a hormonal imbalance in 2018. I was 34 at the time & am now 38. It’s been a struggle to get my hair not to shed & I’ve had to be really consistent with my birth control & spironolactone. I do suggest going to a dermatologist for hair loss. Best of luck to everyone. Hair loss, no matter the cause, can be so devastating.

Sep 04, 2021
Hair Loss
by: Anonymous

Try Rosemary and Sandlewood essential oils in your shampoo. They are helping me. My stylist also recommended tea tree oil in my conditioner. Sandlewood and Rosemary are better, I think, but I’ll take his advice. You can just dump the little bottles in your shampoo and conditioner; do not put them directly on your scalp - they need a "carrier." You can use almond oil to mix with them and leave it on your scalp overnight too. Use a deep conditioner once a week and don’t pull your hair tightly as in a ponytail. Use scrunchies to hold it back. Good luck!

Sep 28, 2021
Hair shedding but trying Saw Palmetto
by: Anonymous

Hi all!
I’m on my first pellet, experienced hair loss one month in. I already have fine hair but a good amount.

I’m a hairstylist by trade so I can tell the difference! I’m researching this now. Has anyone tried Saw Palmetto? It’s a DHT blocker and I’m buying Nioxin shampoo and conditioner. From what I’m reading they say it the fluctuations as our body adjusts. Also I think it could be the sudden large amount of T. My T levels were only at a 3 and I’m still below optimal from my 6 week labs. I go for a second insert in 3 weeks.

I’m VERY concerned about this hair loss but like many of you I feel better. I’m on the FB HRT page check it out it’s a community of BHRT users. I know many women have gone to injections after the pellets and their hair has stopped falling out. I Believe our hair will grow back. Be patient for those that are discontinuing the pellets. The Saw Palmetto comes today, I will give some feedback in a few
weeks to see if I stop shedding.
Take care all.

Sep 29, 2021
Saw Palmetto
by: Anonymous

Please be sure to let us know how saw palmetto works for you.
BTW, I had a Restasis infusion for my bones and it made my hair start exiting my scalp again. Sigh.

Sep 30, 2021
Saw Palmetto
by: Joy

Hi there

I am not sure if the Restasis would have caused hair loss. Report say that it doesn't. However, like everything, what affects one may not affect the other. I take it that you spoke to your doctor about it.

Sep 30, 2021
Hair shedding but trying Saw Palmetto
by: Joy

I take it that you have read this thread about the pellets?  Your hair will grow back but probably not while on the pellets.  The side effects including hair loss are simply not worth it. A number of things could be causing Hair Loss.

I am all in favour of herbs and anything natural, so if the Saw Palmetto works for you, please let us know.  There is evidence that it helps.  Some benefit from it, others don't.

Good Luck.

Oct 02, 2021
When will it stop??
by: Anonymous

Hey all!

I am also in the middle of living through this nightmare. I have lost about 60% of my hair. My last pellet insertion was in June. I am taking Saw Palmetto and using a DHT blocking shampoo and conditioner. The shedding has slowed down but I’m still losing quite a significant amount of hair. Can anybody tell me how long it took for their hair to stop falling out after they had their last pellet insertion? I will never do this again! :(

Oct 03, 2021
When will it stop??
by: Joy

Hi there

I am so sorry to hear that you are also battling with the pellets. To my mind they should be taken off the market. I wish you well and hope that someone here can give you some encouragement about when hair will start to grow back. I would imagine that it is not the same for everyone. Please consider taking those nutrients mentioned on the Hair Loss page.

Take care.

Nov 05, 2021
by: Anonymous

I’ve been taking the pellet for 6 years and just got again a month ago. I started losing a lot of hair after the 3rd week of getting the pellet. This has never happened to me before. I’m very concerned because I also have long and a lot of hair and it’s starting to thin out. I’m afraid to go bald. I read some of the comments and it’s like there’s nothing much to do. I pray that it stops falling out! 🙏🙏

Nov 07, 2021
by: Joy

Hi there

The negative comments regarding the pellets speak for themselves. Not recommended at all.

Good luck.

Nov 07, 2021
by: Anonymous


If you have been getting them for 6 years then I don’t think it is the pellet. Did you by a chance have COVID a few months ago? That can cause massive hair loss. But it will stop!

Dec 05, 2021
BHRT Creams except for progesterone
by: Chris

I began taking BHRT with DHEA (10 mg) (Biest 1mg/Testosterone Versabase 10 10MG, Progesterone pills 100mg) for 14 weeks. Three weeks ago I lost massive amounts of hair within a four day period. I have long lush, thick hair and always have. I was in shock. Dr prescribed Spirolactone to block DHT cause by testosterone. My testosterone level was 25 before I went on hormone therapy for low libido. That was my only complaint about menopause besides some insomnia. I have completely came off the BHRT including DHEA yet I’m continuing to take the Spirolactone at least another week because I’m certain that my testosterone is too high and will be until I can expel it from my system. I’m going to stick to lifting heavy weights 3 times a week, 10K steps a day, no alcohol or sugar, only good carbs, leafy veggies, lean meat and supplements -hoping my hair grows back to what it was before August! I had gotten off my routine for a few months before I started BHRT and that’s when my libido disappeared (I had gained 10lbs and quit working out). Going back to balancing hormones naturally and aging with wisdom and grace.

I think my Dr gave me way to much testosterone along with DHEA - if you read any of Dr. Lees book about hormone therapy, he only suggests 0.5mg of testosterone a day. The amount I was taking from what I read looks higher than what a male makes naturally in their body each day(4-8mg). I’m just not up for monkeying around anymore with hormones and proper milligrams as I’ve lost trust. My doctor is a hormone therapy specialist and should have known better.

Dec 06, 2021
BHRT Creams except for progesterone
by: Joy

Hi Chris

I am not going to going into detail about hair loss, HRT, testosterone etc as it has already been explained in this thread. Just one thing about testosterone, it does not help with Low Libido as many are led to believe. I don't believe that any women needs to take DHEA as it increases the risk of ovarian cyst and cancer, because it increases testosterone see here and here.

I totally agree with you, your doctor should have known better. Sadly this has now discouraged you. Spironolactone is not a safe drug, I am pleased that you have stopped see here. All oral progesterone is not the best Delivery Method as about 96% gets destroyed by the gut and liver see here. Please consider using a good organic progesterone cream such as Natpro which is a 3.33% cream should you wish to give progesterone another try. Usually between 100-200mg progesterone is needed. If not used correctly it will not work which is what happened to you. TheHow to use Progesterone Cream page will explain in more detail. Please make sure to read the Estrogen Dominance page.

I wish you well.

Dec 18, 2021
Thank you Joy
by: Chris Hansen

Thank you for your helpful response Joy. I will put advice about progesterone cream into action and read the links you cited. I’ll post an update on my hair growing back -hopefully it’s a good news report!

Dec 18, 2021
Thank you Joy
by: Joy

Hi Chris

Thank you for listening and understanding. It can take time before you notice a difference. Like anything else, what suits one may not suit or work as quickly with another. Time and patience is needed. Please don't forget about the nutrients mentioned on the hair loss page, they will help you greatly.

Please do keep us posted and all the best.

Feb 05, 2022
Hair Loss
by: Valerie

I took the pellet therapy for a good 10 years. Then 6 years ago, I begin to notice thinning hair in the front, sides, and crown areas of my head. I called my doctor and he said yes the pellets could make you have hair loss. I then stopped taking the pellets. MY doctor then put me on SprirIactone which I had sever side effects of shortness of breath and muscle weakness. Once I stopped the medication, I was fine.

I have always had thin but thick hair. I am grateful that haven’t loss more than I have. I have enough that people don’t realize how much hair I have lost except for my hairdresser. I think that physicians should give all the side effects with taking BHRT before a patient decide to take it. I have not found anything from Rogaine, essential oils to hair vitamins that have helped to regrow my hair.

Feb 06, 2022
Hair Loss
by: Joy

​Hi Valarie

Many thanks for your input. Hair Loss baffles most of us. So many things can cause it, but once a women hits the menopause stage it appears to get worse which indicates that it is a hormonal issue. Obviously there are other causes as mentioned on this thread. One has to find what works for them​ and what they are deficient in.​

Spiro is dreadful as you experienced​,​ as per links given on this thread.

You are correct. Why don't our medical professionals advise us of the side effects of these drugs? I guess that if they did, no one would take them. It is up to us to do our own research on any drug, actually on any product before use.

May your hair continue to grow back. Perhaps you would like to share on this thread what it is that you are actually using. There are so many desperate people out there suffering with this. I am sure that they would appreciate any help that they can get.


Feb 24, 2022
My hair is gone! ...but it's finally stopped falling out!
by: Anonymous

I started this journey with thick luscious hair, which was always been my crowning glory. I now have about only 1/3 of my hair left. Literally.

I entered menopause about 4 years ago and suffered terrible symptoms, sleeplessness, MAJOR hot flashes (appx 10 per hour), etc. My doctor put me on Premarin and Progesterone (taken together) and the hot flashes stopped. I felt better again (good sleep, no hot flashes). I took that medication for two years. (I should have stopped when I was ahead.) Then, my prescription ran out and the doctor insisted on seeing me again IN PERSON to renew my prescription. When I went in she told me she had another therapy available that was even better than what I was taking. She explained all the wonderful benefits (and mentioned none of the drawbacks).

I took my first Biote pellet 12/2020. I felt awesome! ...even better sleep, GREAT libido, great mood and still no hot flashes!

At some point I noticed some shedding, but really didn't connect the two. My 2nd pellet insert was 3/2021. My shedding increased to an alarming level so I called my doctors office and expressed my concern that the pellet could be the problem. I was told not to worry, the two were unrelated so I saw a dermatologist and disclosed all my medications, including the Biote pellet. The doctor told me "I assure you, you only THINK you're losing all my hair. Women of your age shed all the time. I lose a lot of hair too."

I got my 3rd pellet insert 7/2021, just weeks before discovering this site. I started looking for ANYTHING on the internet because, at this point, I had to sweep my floors DAILY just to keep from looking at my hair ALL OVER EVERY FLOOR IN MY HOUSE! I would sit at my desk and feel something on my arm and it would be a strand of hair. This happened ALL. DAY. LONG. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. If I ran my hand through my hair I would end up with a hand FULL of hair!! Wash days were the worse. I even decreased my frequency of washing because I would lose so much hair.

Of course I stopped the pellets immediately (too late). Someone on this site suggested Finasteride so I requested a subscription from my doctor and started taking it immediately. I realized, for the first time this month, Feb/2022, that I noticed almost NO shedding. I've washed my hair twice recently and lost the normal amount of strands. I actually cried tears of relief. Seriously.

I went to my hair stylist (my sister owns a salon) and she broke the bad news that she has to cut 6" because you can see straight through my hair (my length was past my bra it's barely to my shoulders). She told me to just chop it and move forward.

It took 7 months, but it looks like the worse part is over. I pray this continues. I think the Finasteride was the game changer (I tried many things before this and nothing else helped.) I'm hopeful. I hope this post helps someone else.

Mar 21, 2022
Need alternatives
by: Anonymous

I am almost 70, had a total hysterectomy in my middle 30’s. I had very low libido so 2 years ago started the pellets. My hair dresser asked me what was going on with my hair about the time I saw it was breaking and getting thinner. I tried everything to no avail. My NP that does the pellet insertion is just now admitting it is the pellets. She reduced my dosage a month and a half ago and has me on Finesteride. So far I see no change, but continue to hope. I will not get another pellet insert after reading this article. Unfortunately I don’t have funds for a hair laser and all the expensive hair treatments so I will just have to wing it in hopes my hair will return. I do not have thick hair and have ceased to process it in any way in hopes to make it as healthy as possible. If anyone finds the answer to recuperating from this nightmare I would love to know. Flip side I liked the pellets good mood, libido and energy effects.

May 09, 2022
Male patterned baldness after 3 years on Biote
by: Anonymous

My gynecologist put me on the pellet three years ago to help with an auto-immune disorder I have: Lichen Sclerosus. I am 62 and post-menopausal. I have loved the increased libido and I think my bones are probably stronger from it as well. I take progesterone orally. After my last pellet in February, I suddenly noticed my receding hairline. It is literally falling out in the form of male patterned baldness. I can no longer part my hair on the side b/c I have lost so much of it. My colorist and hairdresser both noticed two weeks ago. My testosterone bloodwork is usually around 275 (on the pellet). It is flagged on my lab results as being too high, but my genecologist just brushes it off. I am freaking out about the hair loss...I look so different already! Doctor prescribed Spirolonactone last week, but from what I am reading on this thread, not sure it will help and whether it is safe to take. I also have been diagnosed with a lot of fibroids in my uterus two months ago from the pellet and now need a hysterectomy. I don't know whether to trust my genecologist anymore. I think he is addicted to the money he is making on selling the pellet...I don't know who to turn to b/c every doctor is going to have a different opinion! It is so disheartening.

May 10, 2022
Male patterned baldness after 3 years on Biote
by: Joy

​I am sure that you have read this thread carefully with all the links and references referring to the pellets, so there will be no need for me to go into detail again about it.

I just want to point out a few things. Regarding Lichen Sclerosis, please read this page. It is vital that you get your Vitamin D3 level optimal. Magnesium, Vitamin D3 and progesterone actually build bones. Oral progesterone is not the best Delivery Method as around 96% gets destroyed by the gut and liver. So you will be getting just enough to aggravate your estrogen receptors, not what you need!

High testosterone levels and the pellets would be major contributing factors to your Hair Loss. Have you researched spironolactone? It has a dark side, I certainly wouldn't recommend it see here.​ Again already mentioned on this thread.​

I hear you when you say that some doctors are addicted to money, they never seem to address the cause and merely use band aids. I'll leave it here though.

Please consider using a good organic progesterone cream such as Natpro which is a 3% cream and was formulated nearly 30 years ago.

Good luck.

Jun 20, 2022
Hair Loss and Treatment
by: Anonymous

I have been through all of this as well. Know that Spironolactone is a diuretic (depletes water in your system causing dehydration) and at least 30 mg strength is necessary before it is affective. It has serious side effects and blocks the testosterone, defeating the purpose of getting the T pellet to start with! Testosterone metabolizes into DHT which causes the hair loss. Medications such as Finasteride and Dutasteride do not inhibit the testosterone but do alleviate the DHT in the system and this is what finally stopped the shedding for me. If your Dr. does not get this, see a dermatologist which is where I finally got help. These damn docs are making a ton of $ on this and don't know what they are doing!

Dec 15, 2022
Gaining weight and major hair loss
by: Anonymous

I started BioTe a few years ago on the recommendation of my primary care CNP. At first I didn't notice much of a difference other than with my energy level. I was told I might experience some weight loss, but each time I get pellets I gain 5-6 lbs. and find myself struggling to lose the weight before my next insertion.

I started the hormone therapy to avoid menopause symptoms and to increase my libido. I've never had a hot flash (but I am told that women who exercise a lot may not experience hot flashes), I did not notice a libido increase. What I did notice is my beautiful thick hair was falling out at a rate much more concerning than my usual hypothyroid rate.

I have continued the BioTe pellets believing that they are helping me with my sports and energy levels as well as libido but recently my hair is falling out at an alarming rate - handfuls a day. I am blonde so it's not as noticeable as someone with darker hair, but I haven't had a haircut in a year and my hair is shorter than it was last year in looking back at photographs. I am using Rogaine and noticing no difference.

After reading these posts (which BTW are very difficult to find), I am canceling my next appointment for a refill and I'm going to ask my PCP for a prescription for Finasteride before I go bald! I don't know, because I don't know enough about it, whether I should continue taking my Progesterone pills. I have always had pretty low estrogen, and at this point, I could care less if I get a hot flash I just want my hair to stop falling out.

I wish everyone luck!

Dec 26, 2022
Struggling with Hair Loss
by: Anonymous

I am so happy to have found this site. I have been experiencing hair loss for a year now and It did seem to coincide with my first Biote injection. I was losing handfuls of hair in the shower and every time I combed my hair. I asked my doctor if it could be due to the testosterone in the pellets, he said the dose was so low that he doubted it could cause my hair loss. I continued to get the Biote because it gave me energy and it seemed to help with my mood swings. My hair loss continued to the point where I looked like I had male pattern balding. I am freaking out; my hair is thin to begin with now I'm considering wigs and transplants. I called about hair transplants which is super expensive. I finally decided to try an LED hair growth cap which helped stop the hair falling out, but it has not helped with hair growth. I am also using Rogaine for women and that is helping a little. I looked into taking Finasteride but there are so many potential side effects. I am so grateful to have found that others are posting their experience with the hair loss here. I have decided to stop doing the pellets. My last pellet was 6 weeks ago. I am so self-conscious about my hair; I hope my hair will grow back. I am only 57 and my 86-year-old mother has more hair that I do. Thank you to all that have shared.

Feb 07, 2023
Hair Loss
by: Iowa

Unfortunately, I too (early 50's)-- started Biote in 2018 - a friend of mine from Tx recommended (iowa) -- I thought they were great!! Beside the excess hair on my face (felt like a male at times lol) my sex drive was out of this world - and I loved it, more energy, no brain fog (I am not overweight, work out, have hypo thyroid and only med I take is armor thyroid). I had beautiful, long thick dark hair -- noticed falling out, but because dark shedding more noticeable. during Covid shut down, it became very apparent that my hair was half of what it was - I could not get blood test (they were not doing them) - when I finally did - I found out my testosterone level was quad what should be (they had just inserted another pellet - 3-4 months to get out of my body)-- my doc put me on DHT blocker -- but my hair just kept falling -- I wore hair extensions for TWO years (I was devastated and sad) - I quit Biote - and got PRP for hair, took all kinds of supplements, etc. spent $1000's to get my hair back (inc $3500 for PRP - but really I think all that helped was time) - after 3 yrs, I do not wear hair extensions any more - during this time a friend of mine was starting to have same issue -- hair loss -- she stopped biote as well -- NOW - I miss being a sex slave (lol) but not shaving my face!! I felt much better over all with biote (but never wish to go through that again -- )

Feb 08, 2023
Hair Loss
by: Joy

Hi Iowa

I am so sorry that you experienced this and I am delighted to hear that you quit having them inserted. I am not going to repeat what has already been explained about the pellets again but to my mind, they should be removed from the market.  Doctors need to do more research and stop thinking about their pockets.

I can never understand why doctors refuse to do blood tests.  Birmingham Hospital and ZRT Labs will always run tests if every you need them again.

Aug 07, 2023
Confused about Pellets
by: Anonymous

I am on my second insertion. The first time was amazing, the energy , being able to sleep, no hot flashes. After the second insertion my hair is falling out in clumps and my face is breaking out. I am going to call my doctor tomorrow, I love all the benefits but the hair thing is disheartening.

Aug 07, 2023
Confused about Pellets
by: Joy

Usually the first pellet appears great. Then it all falls down with the second etc. I trust that you have read the post and read the necessary links given.

Good luck.

Oct 17, 2023
Yup hair loss (not 1% as bioTE says)
by: Anonymous

After 3rd pellet hair coming out in large balls when washing. Lost 1/2 of my thick beautiful hair. I’m 44. T level was 160 7 months after last insertion. Developed chin hairs and overall looked more masculine. Doc had the nerve to tell me my low E & P would be balanced after only taking T. I hope a lawsuit brings them down. I’ve since gone to a different doc who’s prescribed low E compounded mix and progesterone. Getting tested soon to see how it’s helped. My hair is still falling out too quickly 10 months after last pellet. Started saw pawmetto 3 weeks ago. No help yet. Women just trying to feel better and ending up with less confidence in the years we’re supposed to have more Thankful to have found this site. Wish I’d seen this info before starting.

Oct 22, 2023
Hair loss
by: Anonymous

My hair loss is about 65% and the 35% that is left has become thin, lifeless and breaks off easily. I got my first round of pellets in Jan 2023.

My hair at that time was already 50% less than what I started with, because of (I believe) my 2nd covid vaccination. 3 months after the 2nd shot, my hair started falling out at an alarming rate.

Back to the pellets, I feel that my hair loss has increased and it is unhealthy as a result. I had my 3rd insertion at the end of September 2023 and after finding this site, will not get them again.

Thank you all for sharing.

Dec 17, 2023
Biote and massive hair loss
by: Anonymous

How I wish I had seen this prior to my pellets. I got my first insertion on June 2, 2023. Everything seemed great. Hot flashes, afternoon slump and sleepless nights seemed to disappear.

I received my second insertion on Nov 6. On Nov 11 I noticed a lot of hair loss while showering. I phoned the clinic where I received pellets and was told that with the small dose of Testosterone they would be surprised if it was from the testosterone. After two weeks of daily moderate hair loss they put me on 1mg of Finasteride every other day.

It has not helped as of yet. I am losing a quart size bag of hair every time I wash and brush my hair. It has gotten to the point where I do not want to even shower.

If you google Biote and hair loss the first post that pops up says "There is no evidence that T or T therapy is a cause of hair loss in either men or women."

Obviously a lie.

Dec 17, 2023
I’m So Sorry But Welcome To The Club!
by: Anonymous

We’ve all had that hair-loss thing happen because of the cursed pellets. I wish we could reach more women before they get them to warn them.
Try using rosemary oil when you shampoo. You can dump the whole little bottle in your shampoo or conditioner. Amazon sells a red-light brush for regrowing hair. It’s not expensive and it works but it does take time for your hair to regrow. Use it three times a week. The company is very helpful if you have questions or are discouraged.
These things have worked for me; I wish you the same success.

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