Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the use of “bioidentical hormones” to supplement your body’s natural supply when you aren’t producing enough on your own for optimal health. Hormones are messenger chemicals that tell other parts of the body how and when to work. They control almost all tasks in the body. Low or imbalanced hormone levels can have widespread effects on your health and feeling of well-being. In women, BHRT is most commonly used to treat the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. However, hormone imbalances can occur at any age, even in women as young as in their 20s.
Bioidentical hormones are different from those used in traditional hormone replacement therapy. Traditional HRT uses hormones made from the urine of pregnant horses and other synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones, which are man-made from plant estrogens, have the same molecular structure and act the same as natural human hormones. The most common hormones used in BHRT for women are estrogens (estradiol (E2) and estriol (E3)) and progesterone. testosterone, pregnenolone, and/or DHEA may also be part of a treatment plan for some patients.
Bioidentical hormones can be custom compounded for an individual patient, according to a doctor’s orders.
Hormone pellets are a unique delivery form created to replicate as closely as possible the way in which hormones are naturally released in the body. In a simple, quick office procedure, these rice-grain-sized pellets are inserted under a patient’s skin near the hip area via a trocar.
Delivering hormone replacement therapy in pellet form has multiple benefits:
Closest to nature — Pellets mimic the body’s natural delivery system more closely than any other method.
Consistency — Pellets supply a consistent level of hormones in the bloodstream.
Convenience — Hormone pellets only need to be inserted 2-4 times per year, replacing oral medications that must be taken daily.
Fewer side effects — Pellet therapy bypasses the liver, sending hormones directly into the bloodstream, and avoiding certain side effects of oral medications.
Some patients report feeling symptom relief in as little as four weeks, although complete symptom relief may take up to six months.