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The proper balance of hormones is vital to a woman’s health. Recent studies show that women are experiencing menopause at much earlier ages. By age 40, most women are totally depleted of normal levels of estrogen and have lost nearly all their progesterone and more than half of their testosterone. While a normal part of aging, these changes can greatly affect the way we feel. Untreated, imbalanced hormones cause a variety of undesirable symptoms:

Symptoms of hormone imbalance:

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Fatigue/Loss of energy
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased libido/Sex drive
  • Hot flashes/Night sweats
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Brain Fog/Loss of memory
  • Irritability
  • And more…

If you suspect fluctuating hormones are causing undesirable changes in your body, it’s easy to get your hormone levels checked. Call the Couri Center 309 692-6838 or email:

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is BHRT?

An individualized approach to hormone replacement therapy, using biologically identical hormones (BHRT) pinpoints a person’s exact hormone levels and what hormones are needed to balance their hormone deficiency. The differences between synthetic and biologically identical hormones are in their chemical structures and functionality. Biologically identical hormones are plant-based compounds that have the same chemical structure as the hormones created naturally in the human body.

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What is a pellet?

The estrogen, testosterone and other hormones used in BHRT come from natural plant sources—yam. They exactly match human hormones. Synthetic pharmaceutical hormones do not. Harmonié hormone replacement therapy uses bioidentical pellet implants to restore estradiol and testosterone to healthful levels.  The hormones are pressed into very small pellets the size of a grain of rice.

What is the procedure like?

When the body is in need of estrogen or testosterone, tiny pellets placed under the skin consistently releases small doses of hormones. Pellet insertion is a relatively simple in-office procedure done under local anesthesia. The pellets are inserted under the skin in the upper buttocks/hip area through a tiny incision. The incision is then closed with surgical glue or sterile-tape strips. Patients cannot feel the implants under their skin. Once inserted, a steady, low dose of natural hormone flows directly into the blood stream whenever the body needs it. The body can then control the release of the hormone.

How long do my BHRT pellets last?

Every individual’s body chemistry is unique.  Typically, we administer pellets every 4 to 6 months, depending on how rapidly the hormones are metabolized. The pellets do not need to be removed. They are completely dissolved by the body.

When does it start working?

Most patients report that it takes anywhere from 24 to 72 hours from the time of insertion.

Are there any side-effects?

Generally, there are minimal side-effects associated with the pellet implant procedure. Complications include: minor bleeding, bruising, infection, and pellet extrusion. Other than slight bruising, the other complications are very rare. Hormone side-effects vary and should be discussed with your healthcare practitioner.

How do I get started?

First contact us at the Couri Center for a confidential consultation.  Hormone testing/labs will be completed to evaluate your personal hormone profile. Based on existing hormone levels and health history, we will make a hormone replacement recommendation. Hormone levels will be reevaluated prior to each forthcoming pellet insertion.

What are the benefits?

  • Enhanced libido and/or increased sexual desire
  • Decreased body fat and greater capacity to get in shape
  • Reduced fatigue and increased energy levels
  • Increased mental focus, clarity and concentration
  • Improved memory
  • Consistency in moods-reduction in feelings of anger, nervousness and irritability
  • Relief from anxiety and depression
  • Increased sense of overall well-being
  • Protection from heart disease

Reverse the effects of aging:  harmonié.  Call:  309.692.6838

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