What are Bioidentical Hormone Pellets?
Pellets are made up of either estradiol or testosterone which are chemically IDENTICAL to the biochemical makeup of natural estradiol or testosterone. These hormones are plant-derived and the hormones are pressed or fused into very small solid cylinders. These pellets are approximately the size of a grain of rice or “Tic Tac”. In the United States, the majority of pellets are made by compounding pharmacists and delivered in sterile glass vials.
Pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3-5 months in women and 4-6 months in men. Pellet delivery avoids the fluctuations, or ups and downs, of hormone levels seen with other common delivery methods such as transdermal creams, gels, or injections. Estrogen delivered by subcutaneous pellets maintains the normal ratio of estradiol and estrone. This is important for optimal health and disease prevention. Pellets do not increase the risk of blood clots like conventional synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Testosterone delivered by pellet implant has been used to treat migraine and menstrual headaches. It also helps with vaginal dryness, incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency. In both men and women, testosterone has been shown to increase energy, relieve depression, increase sense of well being, relieve anxiety and improve memory and concentration.
Testosterone also increases lean body mass and decreases fat mass. Men and women need adequate levels of testosterone for optimal mental and physical health and for the prevention of chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which are associated with low testosterone levels. Even patients who have failed other types of hormone therapy have a very high success rate with pellets. There is no other “method of hormone delivery” that is as convenient for the patient as pellet delivery. Pellets have been used in both men and women since the late 1930’s.
In numerous research studies, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellets have been shown to be superior for relief of menopausal symptoms, maintenance of bone density, restoration of sleep patterns and improvement in sex drive, libido, sexual response and performance.
How and where are the pellets inserted?
The insertion of pellets is a simple, relatively painless procedure done under local anesthesia. The pellets are usually inserted in the upper bottocks through a small half centimeter incision. The experience of the health care professional matters a great deal, not only in placing the pellets, but also in determining the correct dosage of hormones to be used.
How long until a patient feels better after pellets are inserted?
Some patients begin to ‘feel better’ within 24-48 hours while others may take a week or two to notice a difference. Diet and lifestyle, along with hormone balance are critical for optimal health. High stress levels in patients can be a major contributor to hormone imbalance and illness and often necessitates higher doses for optimal results.
Will my insurance cover the costs?
We do not currently accept insurance cards for payment of our services. We do require payment up front for our services with credit card or check. If any patient would like to file a claim with their insurance company, we would be happy to provide documentation of their visit and services provided but we do not work directly with any of the insurance companies at this time.