What Is BHRT? How Does BHRT Work? Why Pellets? What Are BHRT Fused Pellets Implants? Do Men Need Hormone Therapy? Where Are BHRT Fused Pellet Implants Inserted? How Long Do BHRT Fused Pellet Implants Last? Are There Any Side-Effects?
Data supports* that hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants is an effective bio-identical method to deliver hormones in both men and women. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones. information to come.
An individualized approach to hormone replacement therapy, using biologically identical hormones (BHRT), pinpoints a person’s exact hormone levels, and what hormones are needed to balance his/her hormone deficiency. The differences between synthetic and biologically identical hormones are in their chemical structures and functionality.
Biologically identical hormones have the same chemical structure as the hormones created naturally in the human body.
Hormone replacement using pellet implants has been used with great success in the U.S., Europe, and Australia since 1938. In fact, pellet implants were a very popular mode of hormone administration in the U.S. until the 1970s, when many oral and topical commercial products were developed. While the demand for pellets diminished in the U.S., pellet implants continued to be a very popular mode of hormone administration throughout Europe and Australia. In the last 10 years, due to advances made in processes and a better understanding of the benefi ts of fused pellet implants for hormone replacement, this mode of hormone administration has grown in popularity in the U.S.Over 70 years of research has illustrated the benefi ts of pellet implants in administering hormones in both women and men.*
Fused pellet implants are compounded using biologically identical hormones (most often Estradiol or Testosterone). The hormones are pressed / fused into very small cylinders. Our compounding pharmacy also compounds DHEA, Pregnenolone, Progesterone, Biest, and Testosterone with Anastrozole fused pellet implants.
Testosterone levels begin to decline in men beginning in their early 30’s and is routinely referred to as “andropause”. Most men maintain adequate levels of testosterone into their mid 40’s to mid 50’s, some into their late 70’s to early 80’s. Men should be tested when they begin to show signs of testosterone defi ciency as mentioned. Even men in their 30’s can be testosterone defi cient and show signs of bone loss, fatigue, depression, erectile dysfunction, diffi culty sleeping and mental decline. Most men need to be tested around 50 years of age. It is never too late to benefi t from hormone therapy.
Pellet insertion is a relatively simple in-offi ce procedure done under local anesthesia. The pellets are inserted subcutaneously (under the fatty lining of skin), either in the lower abdomen or the upper buttocks through a very small incision. The incision is then closed with surgical glue or sterile-tape strips. If inserted correctly, patients cannot feel the implants under their skin. Implants placed under the skin consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones, which have been shown to have many benefi ts.
Fused Pellet Implants typically last between 4-6 months, depending on how rapidly the hormones are metabolized. After insertion of the pellets, vigorous physical activity should be avoided for 2-3 days, or as suggested by the healthcare practitioner. Some patients begin to feel symptom relief within 48 hours, while others may take up to two weeks to notice a marked difference. The pellets do not need to be removed. They are completely dissolved by the body.
Generally, there are minimal side-effects associated with the pellet implant procedure. Complications include: minor bleeding, bruising, infection, and pellet extrusion. Other than slight bruising, the other complications are very rare.
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Cost varies with procedure and insurance. Initial visit for a new patient is covered by most insurance policies. Call for more information.