Hormone Pellet Therapy

A quick, painless and long-lasting method to help you feel younger, healthier and more vigorous is available at LifeBoost in Boca Raton, where Dr. Bruce Stratt works with patients “to get more out of life.”

Dr. Stratt said many people hit middle age and begin to notice changes in their bodies and health – unwelcome changes.

“They notice age creeping up on them and they can’t do what they used to,” Dr. Stratt said. “They are motivated. They want to feel better. They just don’t know how.”

LifeBoost offers hormone pellet therapy to help patients combat the aging process.

While hormone pellet therapy may sound futuristic, it has been used since the 1930s. During the procedure, which is painless and takes less than 10 minutes, pellets about the size of a grain of rice are injected in the buttocks or lower back. The pellets contain hormones that are effective for about four months for women and up to six months in men. Patients can begin to feel better in 24 to 48 hours, although some may not notice improvements for a week or two following treatment.

“You don’t have to worry about daily medications,” Dr. Stratt said, noting just one advantage of hormone pellet therapy. He said pellet therapy works better for some patients better than cream or gel treatments, especially in south Florida, where the heat leads many to sweat and shower often, which hinders the effectiveness of those treatments.

The Benefits of Hormone Pellet Therapy

Over time, there have been multiple studies conducted demonstrating the efficiency of bio identical hormone replacement therapy – BHRT. In many cases, hormone imbalances occur as men and women age, bringing with them a broad range of negative side effects. Fortunately bio identical hormone pellet therapy is a highly advantageous option for those who require hormone replacement or who need hormone imbalances corrected.

Studies show testosterone pellet treatments can help men and women with a variety of problems that come as we age. They include:

  • Menopausal symptoms.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Decreased sex drive and enjoyment of sex.
  • Decreased bone density.
  • Migraine or menstrual headaches.
  • Lack of energy.
  • Depression.

Hormone Deficiency Symptoms

There is a wide range of symptoms associated with hormone imbalance. Many of these side effects have a negative influence on both men and women if not corrected. These include fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, brain fog, irritability, aching joints, lower immunity, low sex drive, excessive hair growth and depression. Those experiencing some or all of these symptoms understand the importance of hormone replacement, as such side effects can result in a lower quality of life.

Hormone pellet therapy involves implanting small pellets under the skin, usually in the buttox area. These pellets are designed to release constant doses of hormones, thus providing the body with the appropriate amount necessary to function at an optimum level. Although patients can also choose traditional hormone therapy, experts predict that hormone pellet therapy may soon eclipse conventional methods.

Pellet Therapy for Women

Testosterone and estradiol are often highly advantageous options for women experiencing menopausal symptoms. However, some women also seek testosterone hormone replacement. The benefits listed below are associated with each treatment:

  • Improved bone density
  • Stabilized moods
  • Increased focus and ambition
  • Increased lean body mass
  • Reduced fat mass
  • Improved weight management
  • Increase in sexual sensation and sex drive
  • Lowered risk of certain diseases

Pellet Therapy for Men

Testosterone pellet therapy is available for men as well, and offers numerous advantages for men who would rather not put up with the pain that is often associated with testosterone injections. Pellet therapy for men delivers testosterone in a time released manner and most men can enjoy the following advantages:

  • Increased muscle mass
  • Lowered risk of certain diseases
  • Improved sexual performance and libido
  • Stabilized mood
  • Enhanced drive and focus
  • Reduced fat mass
  • Lowered risk of certain diseases

Two Types of Pellet Therapy

Currently, hormone pellet therapy is available for two types of hormones, which are estradiol and testosterone. Each pellet is only about as big as a grain of rice, and therefore can be inserted through a simple, outpatient procedure. The pellet is metabolized slowly once it is put in place, and releases a steady dose of hormones, similar to the way a person’s system does naturally. One pellet typically releases hormones for anywhere from three to six months; however, the duration depends on how quickly the pellet is metabolized by the person’s body.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Hormone Pellet Therapy

Hormone pellets are made from botanical sources, similar to other forms of hormone replacement formulas. Because they are derived from plants, they are essentially organic and structurally identical to the human body’s natural hormones. Anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of hormone replacement therapy without the negative side effects of synthetic hormones will likely be happy to learn about pellet therapy. Hormone Pellet Therapy provides virtually all of the same advantages as other BHRT administration methods; however, there are several specific ways in which it differs from traditional therapy.

Pros and cons associated with hormone pellet therapy:


Because bio identical hormone pellets provide a steady dose of hormones, there are little or no fluctuations when they are administered. Additionally, unlike oral hormone combinations, which pass through the liver as they are metabolized and therefore increase clotting factors, pellets containing hormones are absorbed by the bloodstream in a direct manner. This lowers the risk of heart attack or stroke during therapy. Natural hormone pellets are not associated with side effects, which is another important benefit.


Unlike traditional hormone gels, injections, or creams that must be applied or consumed one or more times on a daily basis, hormone pellet therapy lasts between three and six months depending on several different factors.

Dosing Adjustment

If a person is undergoing hormone pellet therapy and the dose is deemed inadequate by a health care practitioner, it is possible to make adjustments by supplementing with additional pellets or a different kind of bio identical hormone replacement. In most cases, supplementation is required until it is time to implant the next pellet, when the dosage can be adjusted according to the response of the patient. Here at LifeBoost we make sure to test the proper dosage of hormone therapy for your body before pellet insertion. Everyone responds differently to hrt, by finding the optimum levels for you before pellet insertion we minimize the need for any frequent dosing adjustment.


When compared to traditional hormone replacement approaches, hormone pellet therapy offers the most relief from many of the symptoms related to both andropause and menopause, such as weight gain, osteoporosis, skin issues, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, night sweats and hot flashes.

Time Frame

The process is fast and does not take much longer than having blood drawn. The injection site is treated with a mild anesthetic and a tiny incision is made of the skin through which the pellet is placed. Stitches are not necessary, rather the incision is sealed with surgical tape.

Little to no Risk

Hormone pellet therapy is not associated with an increased risk of any diseases or conditions as are sympathetic hormones.

As with all hormone therapies, there are also some negative aspects associated with hormone pellet therapy. Below are the primary disadvantages of this approach:


Because the implanting of the hormone pellet under the skin requires a small incision, infection or nerve injury may occur. However, such side effects are not common.

Pellet Insertion

In certain cases, pellets may require insertion more often than every three to six months, which a person may find inconvenient. However, this depends on the biological individuality of each patient and will vary considerably from one person to another.

After the pellet has been placed under the skin, wound healing takes approximately seven days. During this time, a person is typically instructed to avoid vigorous physical activity and tub bathing. A patient may also be given specific instructions from his or her health care practitioner. Ultimately, those suffering from menopause or andropause symptoms should make an appointment with a professional to learn more about hormone pellet therapy and how it can improve their quality of life.

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At LifeBoost, Dr. Stratt works with patients to design a treatment program that works best for them.

“I spend a lot of time with my patients,” Dr. Stratt said. “It’s a very collaborative approach. They have to be part of the process.”


7035 Beracasa Way, Suite 102
Boca Raton, FL 33433

(561) 922-9967