Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Heidi Erickson, MD -  - Integrative Medicine Doctor

Tri-County Center for Integrative Medicine

Heidi Erickson, MD

Integrative Medicine Doctor located in Delray Beach, FL

If you’re feeling tired and moody, and have a low sex drive, you may be experiencing a hormonal imbalance, which affects both men and women as they get older. Dr. Heidi Erickson at Tri-County Center for Integrative Medicine in Delray Beach, Florida offers a customized, natural form of hormone replacement therapy with BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) pellets for both men and women. Whether it’s menopause or low testosterone, if you’re seeking natural alternatives to help improve hormonal levels, call the office or book an appointment online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is BHRT?

BHRT is a more natural form of hormone replacement therapy for men and women going through hormonal changes. The hormones in BHRT are synthesized from plants, such as yams or soy, to have the same molecular structure as your natural hormones, which allows them to perform the same functions.

Many women prefer natural sources of hormones due to the concerns surrounding traditional hormone replacement therapy and the increased risk of heart disease and breast cancer.

How does hormone therapy help my menopausal symptoms?

Hormone imbalance is the primary cause of your menopausal symptoms. Hormone therapy improves hormone levels to reduce symptoms, such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Sleeplessness and fatigue


In addition to physical symptoms, hormone replacement therapy may help boost bone health and reduce your risk of heart disease.

How does hormone therapy help men?

For men, hormone therapy helps restore balance and improves symptoms caused by low testosterone levels such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Disinterest in sex
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Reduced muscle mass and weight gain
  • Hot flashes

What is BioTE pellet therapy?

BioTE pellet therapy is a form of BHRT Dr. Erickson offers at Tri-County Center for Integrative Medicine. The subcutaneous pellet is custom made to meet your specific hormonal and physiological needs. Dr. Erickson places the pellet under your skin so you get a steady dose of hormones all day for better balance and symptom control.

To get started, Dr. Erickson has you come into the office for a consultation and hormone testing. At a second visit, she goes over the results of your testing and creates your hormone pellet plan. Once your pellets are created, you come back for placement.

What can I expect during pellet placement?

Dr. Erickson places the BioTE pellet under the skin of your hip during an office visit. She begins with a numbing agent to reduce any discomfort, then makes a small incision and places the pellet under your skin. Then, she covers the area with a bandage.

After placement, Dr. Erickson recommends you refrain from high-intensity lower-body exercises to reduce friction at the site of insertion and promote healing.

Placement of the pellet is quick, but it may take up to 10 days for you to feel the effects. Because everyone’s hormone levels are different, Dr. Erickson creates a custom plan for follow-up and replacement of the pellets.

If you’re a man or woman searching for a natural solution to help you manage hormonal imbalance symptoms, call the office or book an appointment online.