What are Bioidentical Hormones?

By: Eddie Armas, MD

Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the ones your body makes, so you can absorb them easily. Using these hormones can help people who experience symptoms of low or unbalanced hormones.

Hormones control quite a few bodily functions, such as metabolism, reproduction, growth, sexual function, neurotransmitter regulation, and memory, to name a few.

Hormone pellet therapy is a treatment for replacing or regulating hormones in males and females, either with forms of estrogen or testosterone or with a combination of hormones.

  • About the size of a grain of rice
  • Inserted subcutaneously
  • Absorbed as the body needs them, helping optimize hormone levels
  • Dosed precisely for each patient’s needs

This treatment can help with the following symptoms in women: weight loss, mood swings, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, low energy levels, decreased sex drive, memory loss, insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

In men, it can help with muscle mass, bone density, cognitive performance, heart health, libido, erection maintenance, energy loss, irritability, depression, difficulty sleeping, and weight loss.

According to The Medical News Today, «a healthcare professional will consider factors such as hormone levels and body mass index when working out an appropriate dose of hormones to use».

And to insert the pellet, a professional «will numb the skin and make a small incision, usually into the hip area. They will then insert one or more hormone pellets underneath the skin.»

After inserting the capsule, «they will close the incision with Steri-Strips, a stitch, or both. A person will need to follow the healthcare professional’s instructions after the procedure. Those with Steri-Strips may be able to remove them after 5–7 days. [The best thing is that] pellets provide a constant supply of hormones for about 3 months.»