Pellet Therapy: A More Effective Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Many men and women are either considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) or are actively participating in treatments using bioidentical hormones to manage aging symptoms. At Rhett Women’s Center, we applaud you. The benefits associated with bioidentical hormones are both evidence-based and safe. The benefits range from improvements you see (enhanced skin, hair, weight loss) to improvements you feel (disease management, bone health, mood, energy, libido). We believe that Hormone Pellet Therapy for administrating Estrogen and Testosterone is a convenient and the most effective way to replenish these hormones, which have naturally depleted as you age.

Hormone replacement using pellet implants has been used with great success in the United States, Europe, and Australia since 1938. In the last ten years, significant advancements have been made in the process of pellet implantation. BHRT Fused Pellet Implants are compounded using biologically identical hormones. The bioidentical hormone pinpoints hormone levels and the dosage needed to balance hormone deficiency. They have the same chemical structure as the hormones created naturally in the human body. The hormones tailored to each patient are pressed/fused into tiny cylinders. Pellets may be compounded for Estradiol (Estrogen) and Testosterone.

Over 70 years of research* has illustrated that pellet implants are superior to oral and topical hormone therapy for women and men. Benefits include:

  • Pellets deliver consistent, physiologic levels of hormones.
  • The consistent and physiologic dosing of pellets has been shown to maintain and improve bone density.
  • Pellets bypass the liver and do not negatively impact clotting factors, blood pressure, lipid levels, glucose, or liver function.
  • Pellet implants improve:
    • Cardiovascular Health
    • Sex Drive and Libido
    • Headaches and Migraines
    • Insomnia
    • Hot Flashes
    • Memory and Cognitive Function
    • Mood and Depression
    • Joint Aches and Pains

The good news continues. The implantation is straightforward and without pain. Pellet implants are a simple office procedure done with local anesthesia. The compounded pellet, chosen based on your blood test results, is inserted under the fatty lining of the skin in the lower abdomen or upper buttocks through a very small incision. Patients do not feel the implant under the skin. All Rhett Women’s Center providers are trained to implant pellets. Pricing for pellet implants is the most affordable in the area.

Meanwhile, the pellet goes to work. For 3-6 months, the pellet releases small, consistent doses of hormones. Some patients begin to feel symptom relief in 48 hours. The pellets dissolve fully and do not need to be removed. You may experience slight bruising, but any other side effects are rare.

Relief from menopause and andropause (male menopause) symptoms is fast and consistent. Though daily applications of creams, swallowing pills, and injections provide some relief, pellet therapy is the superior treatment method to benefit more completely from BHRT.

*Research referencing superior benefits of pellet hormone therapy include Greenblatt 49, Mishnell 41, Cantrill 84, Stanczyk 88, Notelovitz 84 & 87, Seed 00, Sands 97, Worboys 00, Burger 84, Farish 84, Fletcher 86, Barlow 86, Davis 95 & 00, Handlesman 96, Cravioto 01, Staland 78, Cardoza 84, Thom 81, Brincat 84, Savvas 88, Anderson 97, Simpson 02 & 03, Aminoroaya 05, Panay 00, Dimitrakakis 04, Natrajan 02, Tamimi 06.