Dr. Youngren Now Offering Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy by BioTE

Discover Health is offering a new service – Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) using a pellet implant. Pellet hormone therapy is an effective and efficient method to deliver hormones in both men and women. With this form of hormone therapy, a pellet is placed under the skin (subcutaneously) where it consistently releases small, physiologic doses of hormones. This differs from a traditional delivery system where it is given topically, orally, or in an injectable or suppository form.

It is an in office procedure that lasts up to 3 to 4 months in women and 5 to 6 months in men, depending how quickly the pellets are metabolized. Since the pellet is put just under the skin, usually to the upper buttocks, a very small incision is made. To prep for insertion, a local anesthetic is injected into the area. The incision is then closed with surgical sterile-tape strips and properly dressed.

One of the major pluses about hormone pellet therapy is no longer having to worry about daily application of creams, injections, or oral intake. There is a steady absorption and less fluctuation of symptoms because the hormones are released into the blood stream in a way that mimics your own hormone rhythm. Consistent supply of hormones delivered through pellets reduces the chances of experiencing adverse side effects. Vigorous physical activity should be avoided for the first 2-3 days (7 days for men) following placement, or as suggested by the healthcare practitioner.

What is BHRT?

An individualized approach to hormone replacement therapy, using BHRT, pinpoints a person’s exact hormone levels and what hormones are needed to balance their hormone deficiency.

What are BHRT pellets?

Fused pellet implants are compounded using biologically identical hormones usually with estradiol or testosterone. The hormones are pressed / fused into very small cylinders (inactive ingredient is stearic acid).

How does BHRT differ from synthetic hormone replacement therapy?

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.

Pellets have been shown to improve

Cardiovascular health

Sex drive and libido



Hot flushes and menopausal symptoms

Mood issues associated with anxiety and depression

Joint aches and pains

Type 2 diabetes

Muscle mass



Mood enhancement

Cardiovascular protection



Mental clarity

Side effects

Very rarely, a patient will develop local zone of redness (3-8 cm) and itching at the site of the testosterone implant. There is minimal or no tenderness and no other sign of infection. Many pellet formulations include stearic acid and PVP (povidone). Patients may react to the PVP.


Read more from BioTE https://www.biotemedical.com/bioidentical-hormone-replacement-pellet-therapy/bhrt


Dr. Christina Youngren

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