What Are Some Pros and Cons of Pellet Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Some pros of pellet hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, include that the therapy is very effective in the reduction of menopausal symptoms and bone density loss, while cons include headaches, mood swings and anxiety, reports FOX News. The exact advantages and disadvantages of pellet HRT depend on the medication.

Biomedical hormone pellets, or plant-derived hormones, consist of the estrogen-like compounds estriol and estradiol as well as testosterone and progesterone, according to FOX News. Doctors implant these pellets in the hip area, and the pellets gradually release over time. The North American Menopause Society and the U.S.Food and Drug Administration do not approve of the custom-made hormone therapies and biomedical pellets because these treatments lack sufficient support of effectiveness and safety. Dr. Sosin of the Institute for Progressive Medicine argues that these natural pellets are safer than synthetic pills or hormonal replacement medications, such as Premarin, because they mimic the body’s hormones.

Alternatively, traditional hormone replacement therapy uses the female hormones progesterone and estrogen to alleviate aging symptoms and menopausal symptoms, explains WebMD. The levels of these hormones drop after a female’s period halts and can create osteoporosis, or bone thinning, and vaginal dryness. HRT adds these hormones back into the system to relieve uncomfortable symptoms but also carries risks of uterine and breast cancer. Although the benefits and risks of the therapy are debatable by experts, the FDA agrees that it aids osteoporosis and menopausal symptoms.