Is BHRT safe?
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has actually been used in the United States since 1938. Bio-identical Hormones are all natural plant based products made from yams and a small amount of soy. These hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced within our own bodies. There are numerous studies worldwide that document the benefits and safety of BHRT. These studies also report a lower incidence of side effects when compared with prescription drugs. BHRT should not be confused with “synthetic hormones” which are typically found in many creams, gels, and injectables used for hormone replacement.
How are BHRT pellets inserted into your body?
BHRT is a short, simple in-office procedure using local anesthesia. Your doctor will insert the pellets in to the fatty layer just beneath your skin. In men and women, a small incision is made in the buttocks or in the lower abdomen. The process is painless and takes just a few minutes.
What side effects can you expect?
One of the greatest advantages of pellet therapy is the low incidence of side effects. Although extremely rare, side effects may include: slight bruising, minor bleeding, infection, or extrusion of the pellets.
When will you notice a difference?
Your doctor will interpret the blood tests and determine an appropriate dosage specifically designed for you. Women who receive estrogen can feel significantly better in 24-36 hours. Men and women who receive testosterone will start to feel relief from symptoms in 10-14 days. After pellet insertion, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days as directed by your physician. Your doctor will evaluate hormone levels on an ongoing basis to ensure they remain within the targeted range.
How do you get BHRT pellets?
You can obtain BHRT pellets by scheduling an appointment with a trained, certified physician who specializes in hormonal therapy. In order to obtain the correct dosage and proper placement of the pellets, the doctor should be knowledgeable and specifically trained in advanced pellet therapy.