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Hormones—such as estrogen and testosterone—play an essential role in keeping our bodies functioning optimally. But as men and women age, hormone production decreases, leading to symptoms and health issues we normally associate with growing older, such as low sex drive, reduced bone density, and belly fat.

The good news is that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can give you renewed vitality and overall wellness by optimizing your hormone levels. Identical on a molecular level to the hormones that naturally occur in the body, BHRT can be a safe and powerful tool in treating menopausal and andropausal symptoms and preventing disease.

One of the most effective and safe methods of BHRT delivery is pellet implantation.


Alison Brown, MSN, NP-BC is among the select few providers who offer bioidentical hormones via pellet implantation. While BHRT has been approved and available in the U.S. since the 1930s, technology now exists that allows certified practitioners like Alison to place time-release pellets of bioidentical hormones under the skin to conveniently deliver healthy hormone levels directly into the tissue.

Small pellets, containing estrogen or testosterone, are custom compounded by a pharmacist under sterile conditions. After numbing the area, Alison makes a tiny incision and inserts the pellet—slightly larger than a grain of rice—subdermally, usually in the lower flank or buttock. Bioidentical hormones are slowly released and absorbed into the system at a constant rate for three to six months.

When contemplating hormone replacement therapy, seek out a health care practitioner who is an expert in the scientific literature on safe hormone replacement protocols. Alison has extensive training and experience in all the safe methods of BHRT delivery. Before treatment, she takes the time to evaluate the risks and benefits of hormone replacement with each and every patient, explaining safe and less-than- safe methods of delivery. Done correctly, hormone replacement can prevent osteoporosis, decrease risk of dementia, protect your cardiovascular system, and improve your quality of life.

BHRT via pellet implantation is a great option, in particular, for women who have had a hysterectomy, for men who have struggled to optimize levels with cream or injections, and for anyone who has experienced unpleasant side effects from other forms of hormone replacement therapy or just wants the convenience. With so many challenges around aging, hormone replacement is an effective way to give you back what time takes away.

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