Hormone pellet therapy is a treatment method used to deliver bioidentical hormones into the body. Used by both men and women, hormone pellets are used to restore ideal hormone levels in persons who are looking to get relief from the symptoms of menopause and andropause (male menopause). These symptoms include hot flashes, fatigue, brain fog, low libido and many more.
The size of a tiny rice grain or tic tac, hormone pellets are inserted underneath the skin in the hip area by a physician. They are composed of 100% estrogen or testosterone. Each pellet is created by a compound pharmacy and sent to our medical facility in sterile glass jars.
Benefits of Hormone Pellet Therapy:
Steadier Levels of Hormones. Pellets release small doses of hormones over the course of a few months. This prevents the "roller coaster" effect that patients often experience with pills or cremes.
Convenience. Pellets are inserted into the body every 4-6 months. They deliver small, even doses of hormones over the period of month. This method eliminates the need to remember to take a pill or apply a creme at the same time every day.
100% Pure: Hormone pellets are comprised of pure hormones. There are no additives, fillers or other products included. Hormone patches are loaded with contaminants during the manufacturing process that can cause skin irritations and other issues.
Hormone pellet therapy has been used as a form of hormone therapy for over 70 years. First introduced in 1935, pellet therapy has since been used in Europe and throughout medical universities in the United States.
Unlike pills and synthetic hormones, pellets do not increase the risk of blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks. Hormones delivered by pill pass through the liver before entering the blood stream which has been shown to increase the risk of blood clotting.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hormone Pellets
How are the pellets inserted?
Pellets are inserted in the upper buttocks through a tiny incision which is then covered with a steri-strip. Local anesthesia is used prior to insertion and you'll feel almost nothing at all during the 3-minute procedure other than perhaps a little pressure when the pellets are inserted through the trocar. Other than some bruising and possibly some minor discomfort afterwards, there are very rarely any complications from this simple procedure. After insertion we suggest that you avoid strenuous physical activity for 24-48 hrs. and refrain from swimming or soaking in the bath tub for 3-5 days.
Why haven't I heard of this method before?
Even though pellet therapy has been in use since the 1930's, many have not heard of the treatment because pellets cannot be patented and marketed by pharmaceutical companies. Companies cannot profit from pellets in the same way they can from other hormones such as Estratest, Premarin, Provera or PremPro.
Do you remove the pellet after a specific time period?
The pellets are absorbed naturally by the body over a period of 4-6 months. There is no need to remove them. The next dose of pellets are delivered in the same place that the first was inserted into.
How will I be monitored while I use hormone pellets?
Prior to treating you, a blood analysis is performed in order to gather information on your current hormone levels. Using this data, our physicians create the correct balance between the testosterone and estrogen pellets and the progesterone they prescribe for you. After your initial set of pellets are inserted, blood work is performed regularly so that we can continue to analyze your status and make sure the pellets are working like they should be.