Pellets are compounded estradiol or testosterone that are made from organic plant materials, which have the exact molecular structure of those hormones found in the body. They are a little larger than a grain of rice. Pellets deliver a consistent level of hormone into the bloodstream avoiding the fluctuations seen when using creams, or injection. They are one of the safest and most effective methods of hormone replacement. In women the pellets last 3 months and in men they last about 4 months.
Insertion is a simple in-office procedure. I apply local anesthesia and make an incision in the upper hip area, placing the pellet inside. No stitches are necessary – the incision is so small, it can be closed up with tape.
Pellets avoid the fluctuations of hormone levels seen with every other method of hormone delivery. This is important for optimal health and hormone balance.
In studies, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellets have been shown to be better for relief of menopausal symptoms, maintenance of bone density, restoration of sleep patterns, and improvement of sex drive and performance.
Testosterone delivered by pellet can be used to treat migraines and menstrual headaches. It also helps with vaginal dryness, incontinence, and urinary urgency.
Both men and women need adequate levels of testosterone to prevent chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which are associated with low testosterone levels. Testosterone pellets have been shown to increase energy, increase sense of well being, improve anxiety, depression, memory, and concentration. Additionally Testosterone pellets increase muscle strength, bone density, and decrease fat mass.
Hormone pellets have been used since the late 1930s, and are one of the safest and most effective forms of hormone replacement therapy. Though natural creams, gels, and oral progesterone are safe, pellets are better for achieving and maintaining a steady level of hormones. Pellets also bypass the liver eliminating many of the side effects associated hormone replacement therapy.
Pellet therapy involves a very simple process. An initial evaluation with blood work is performed to identify your needs. The pellet, is painlessly inserted under numbed skin in your hip region. Additional pellets to maintain your hormone levels will be placed every 4 months depending on your personal needs. The appointment only takes about 20 minutes!