Bioidentical Hormone Pellets
Learn More About Hormone Pellets
Taylor Medical Group provides bioidentical hormone therapy for both women and men. Bioidentical hormones are compounded hormones that are identical to those made by the body. They achieve the best physiological effects because hormone receptors recognize them fully and bind completely to receptors. Synthetic hormones are structurally altered so that they can be patented and sold by pharmaceutical companies. As a result of these chemical alterations, synthetic hormones have some beneficial effects of bio-identical hormone but with necessary unwanted side effects.
Bioidentical hormones are most commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women and men, such as premature aging, erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, bladder leakage, hot flashes, night sweats, thinning hair, decreased muscle mass, memory problems, fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, and irritability. Hormones impact every aspect of our health and imbalances can cause a wide variety of symptoms that may be misdiagnosed as depression, bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, ADHD, and sleep and anxiety disorders. Hormone imbalances can worsen medical conditions and overall health.
Bioidentical hormones can provide the best results for patients with hormone problems without unwanted side effects. They may be customized for each patient since they are made by compounding pharmacists. Through salivary hormone testing, we can accurately measure hormones to identify hormone imbalances that are often missed by blood testing. Salivary testing allows our doctors to monitor hormone therapy and provide accurate hormone dosing which results in optimal outcomes.
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What Are Bioidentical Hormone Pellets?
Hormone pellets are derived from natural plant sources and then modified at the molecular level to perfectly match what your body naturally produces. These pure bio-identical hormones are then crystallized and compressed into tiny cylinders about the size of a grain of rice. Pellets are available as testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen and can be administered for both men and women.
Bioidentical hormone replacement (BHRT) can be prescribed in several forms that include capsules, creams, and pellets. BHRT can enhance muscle mass and energy levels along with improving bone, brain and heart health. It can also improve focus memory, metabolism, depression, anxiety, and weight gain.*
Although all forms are effective- progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone hormone pellets have been proven to provide a more consistent delivery method. Patient experiences and clinical outcomes are also better. Pellets are great for patients that cant tolerate oral hormone therapy or don’t respond to oral or topical hormone therapy.*
Hormone pellets can deliver consistent, stable levels of hormones for up to 4 months. There are no fluctuations in hormone levels as commonly seen with oral and topical delivery methods. This lack of fluctuation explains why pellets are more effective in treating hormone associated conditions and symptoms.*
BHRT Hormone Pellets appear to work better for hormone-related conditions such as insomnia, mood and anxiety disorders, memory problems, osteoporosis, fibrocystic breast disease, and many other hormone-related conditions. Bioidentical hormone pellets provide the most benefits in the treatment of hormone-related symptoms in men and women without the harmful side effects of synthetic hormones.*
*Results may vary
Progesterone hormone pellets have not been available in the past. Estrogen and testosterone hormone pellets have been available and used since 1938. We have not used pellets in the past because women would still have to remember to take progesterone either orally or in a cream. This could be a problem if an estrogen pellet was placed but a patient forgot to take progesterone or did not refill her progesterone prescription. Now that progesterone pellets are available, patients can safely receive the benefit of progesterone and or estradiol and testosterone.
How are Hormone Pellets Administered?
Hormone pellets are inserted through a very quick and simple in-office procedure. We will administer local lidocaine anesthesia to your upper buttock area. After you are numb, a very tiny incision is made to allow the insertion of the pellets. The process is extremely quick and usually only takes a couple of minutes. The incision is so small that it requires no sutures. Sterile tape and a bandage are applied to the area. There is absolutely no downtime and you can return to your daily routine.*
How do Hormone Pellets Work in the Body?
After insertion, capillaries begin to form around the pellets. As blood flows over the pellets, it absorbs the hormones. Pellets are cardiac driven, meaning that as your heart rate increases, more hormones will be released as the body needs it. Unlike other therapies, which are all time-released, pellets are the only delivery method that actually mimics the testicles and ovaries. Over time the pellets will be completely used and dissolved by the body. There is nothing to remove.*
What are the Advantages of Hormone Pellet Therapy?
Since the delivery of hormones from pellets is cardiac driven, there is a steady, physiological dose of hormone being delivered to the body. This prevents the roller coaster effect of some other delivery methods. For example, in men, after a testosterone injection, their testosterone levels will be high, but by the end of that cycle, his levels will be very low prior to the next injection. For some people, these highs and lows are something that they would like to eliminate pellets are the perfect option.*
Pellets have a much longer time in between doses. On average, pellets in a female will last 3-4 months, and in men, 4-6 months. For many, it is much more convenient to come in to get pelleted once every 3-6 months, rather than weekly injections, or applying creams daily.*
The dosing is always the same. Once we have the right dose dialed in, which is usually on the 1st or 2nd insertion, we can keep you consistently at your optimal levels! However, with some other modalities, particularly creams, there can be inconsistencies with the dosing. Another possible concern with creams is the possibility of transference onto others.*
* Results may vary
How is The Implant Procedure Done
A bioidentical hormone pellet implant is a minor surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia. The doctor makes a small incision after first injecting lidocaine into the skin. A customized dose of hormone pellet about half the size of a pea is implanted under the skin and then a steri-strip is placed over the incision along with a protective film. It takes about five to seven days for the incision to heal. Patients can go back to their regular activities immediately following the procedure but should avoid abdominal exercises for at least 48 hours following the implant.
Dosing is dependent upon your clinical symptoms and hormone test results. Saliva hormone testing is best since blood hormone levels may fluctuate. Initially, our doctor may supplement your pellet therapy until the right pellet dosage can be achieved. Each person’s metabolism is different which affects how long the pellet last. Pellets may initially need to be inserted more often than every four months until the right dosage is achieved.
Unlike other hormone therapies that must be taken or applied once or twice a day, patients with Bioidentical Hormone Pellets don’t have to remember to take their medication so compliance isn’t an issue.
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