Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is an alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that uses hormones that are structurally identical to those produced by the human body. One form of BHRT is the use of bioidentical estrogen and testosterone pellets. Bioidentical Hormone replacement therapy replenishes the body's levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone which decline with age. Supplementing these essential hormones helps alleviate the symptoms of menopause and prevent the development of long-term diseases that can result from hormone deficiencies.
For women, the loss of estrogen and testosterone as they age can lead to a variety of symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, low libido, vaginal dryness, and decreased energy levels. BHRT can help alleviate these symptoms and improve overall quality of life.
Bioidentical hormone pellets are small, rice-sized pellets made of plant-derived hormones that are customized to each patient’s unique hormone levels. They are inserted just under the skin in a quick, minimally invasive procedure and release a consistent, low dose of hormones over a period of three to six months.
One of the benefits of using pellets is that they provide a sustained and consistent release of hormones, avoiding the fluctuations that can occur with other forms of BHRT such as creams or pills. This consistent release of hormones can also lead to improved mood, increased energy levels, and a reduction in hot flashes.
In addition to providing symptom relief, bioidentical hormone pellet therapy has been shown to have other health benefits. For example, estrogen replacement has been linked to a reduced risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Testosterone replacement in women has been linked to improved libido, energy levels, and mental clarity.
It’s important to note that while BHRT is considered a safe and effective treatment option for many women, it’s not right for everyone. Before starting therapy, it’s important to have a comprehensive evaluation and discuss the risks and benefits with a qualified healthcare provider.
Pellet therapy also requires maintenance and monitoring. Regular follow-up appointments are necessary to assess hormone levels and determine if any adjustments to the therapy are needed. It’s also important to discuss any changes in symptoms or health status with a healthcare provider, as well as any medications or supplements being taken.
Insurance does not cover Pellet Hormone Replacement Therapy.
It is considered an elective procedure. You will be responsible for payment at the time of the procedure.
Pellets are made up of bio-identical hormones (i.e. testosterone or estradiol that are the exact chemical formula, and identical molecular structure, to what your body produces) and are derived from natural plants that are pressed into very small solid cylinders. These are larger than a grain of rice and smaller than a “Tic-Tac”.
Pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for approximately 4 months. The pellets dissolve completely on their own during this time. They avoid the fluctuations or ups and downs of hormone levels (roller coaster effect) seen with EVERY other method of delivery. This is important for optimal health and disease prevention. Pellets do not increase the risk of blood clots or other complications that conventional/synthetic hormone replacement therapy has been associated with. Testosterone delivered by pellet implant increases lean body mass (muscle strength, bone density) and decreases fat mass. There is significant data that supports the benefits of testosterone implants in both men and women.
Some patients begin to “feel better” within 24-48 hours, while others may take 10-14 days to notice a difference. Diet and lifestyle (exercise), along with hormone balance are critical for optimal health. Stress is a major contributor to hormone imbalance and illness. Side effects and adverse drug events from prescription medications may interfere with the beneficial effects of the pellets.