Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT for short, is a form of therapy that uses synthetic hormone compounds identical to natural human hormones. Patients with hormone imbalances will have baseline blood work performed, and the doctor will prescribe treatment based on the results of these labs. This blood work is typically performed on the date of the patient’s first consult but can be scheduled at a later date if needed.
The Fertility Center offers Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy services for clients from Nashville, Atlanta, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and beyond! Our two offices are both in Chattanooga and Knoxville.
Reasons Patients Need Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
The number one reason women need hormone replacement therapy is Menopause. Around the age of 50 women naturally see a decline in their reproductive hormones, estrogen, and progesterone. This process is completely normal, but it can seem to affect the day to day lives of many women. Through menopause, women suffer through hot flashes, chills, night sweats, sleep problems, weight gain, mood changes, thinning hair, and dry skin. We've helped women experiencing menopause by introducing estrogen and progesterone back into their system with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Women aren’t the only ones who can fall victim to hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, night sweats, and sleep disturbances. Men can also experience hormone imbalances that bring on acne, weight gain or loss, and depression, among other changes. As men age, they tend to stop producing the male hormone, testosterone. We're able to treat male hormonal imbalance through testosterone replacement therapy. View our Hormone Therapy for Men page for more info.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Pellets
While bioidentical hormones can be taken with a cream, in a pill, or by injection, one of the most frequently used and requested methods of treatment is hormone pellets. This form of treatment involves inserting small, compounded hormone pellets (roughly the size of a grain of rice) beneath the skin. These pellets steadily release hormones and can last for up to six months. Both men and women can be treated using pellets.
Our doctors regularly treat patients using pellets but also prescribe other methods of hormone treatment, including creams, based on each patient’s needs.
Cost and Coverage
The cost for pellets varies depending on your insurance policy, with some policies covering the pellet insertion procedure, but not the pellets. Our financial consultants will verify your benefits and make you aware of your coverage before your first appointment.