What Is Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy?

Bio-identical hormone pellets are derived from plants — just like other forms of BHRT — meaning they are naturally-based and structurally identical to the hormones produced by the human body. Bio-identical hormone pellets are currently available for two types of hormone therapy: testosterone and estradiol. Each pellet is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted into an incision made to the upper hip area during a simple, in-office procedure. Following insertion, the body slowly begins to metabolize the pellet, releasing a steady, natural dose of bio identical hormones—much like the body does under normal function—over the course of three to six months. The duration depends on how quickly the body metabolizes the pellet.

What Are The Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance?

How do you know if you have a hormonal imbalance that may be supported with BHRT? As you get older, passing through your 30’s and into your 40’s and 50’s, you may start to notice symptoms like:

  • Weight gain
  • Loss of energy
  • Hair loss
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of memory
  • Hot Flashes
  • Other symptoms usually attributed to menopause

The Benefits Of Pellet Therapy

Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy offers many of the same benefits as other BHRT delivery methods, but it has some distinct features that set it apart, including: no hassle dosing. The bio identical pellet is inserted and goes to work – no need to remember to take a pill or swipe on a cream. And, since the pellet is slowly metabolized by the body over time, patients don’t have to worry if they took too much or not enough; it minimizes fluctuations between treatments.

Bio identical pellets are designed to work with each patient’s body chemistry, releasing a natural dose of hormones throughout the treatment cycle. The process is quick, similar to having your blood drawn. Local anesthetic is applied to the injection site, a tiny incision is then made in the skin, and the pellet is put into place by trained medical staff. Lastly, the incision site is sealed with a piece of medical tape. There is no need for stitches or fear of scarring. Pellet therapy has not been associated with increased risk of any adverse conditions or diseases.

Pellet Therapy For Men

Testosterone therapy is available in pellet form. Testosterone pellet therapy offers advantages for men who prefer not to endure the pain sometimes associated with testosterone injections or worries of transference linked to creams. Pellet therapy delivers a slow release of testosterone over the course of three to six months, offering men the numerous benefits of testosterone therapy, including: improved libido and sexual performance, increased muscle mass, reduced fat mass, stabilized moods, enhanced focus and drive, and lastly, lowered risk of certain diseases.

These are the symptoms that are found in both men and women. Additional symptoms such as premenstrual symptoms in women, and erectile dysfunction in men are also potential effects of hormone imbalance.

Pellet Therapy For Women

Women may choose bio identical pellet therapy for testosterone replacement therapies. And, much like with men, women can enjoy the natural-release formulation of the pellet, plus all the benefits of the respective hormone therapies. Estradiol and testosterone are often valuable treatment options for women suffering from menopausal symptoms.

However, some women may pursue testosterone therapy to experience these benefits including: improved sex drive and sexual sensation, improved weight management, reduced fat mass, increased lean body mass, increased focus and ambition, stabilized moods, and improved bone density.

Pellet Implants: Safe, Effective, Convenient BHRT

When properly administered, the pellet delivery system provides safe and effective BHRT. In fact, it remains the only form of delivery that closely mirrors what the human ovary and testicle do. This method ensures the same steady, around-the-clock, low dosages the body once created. You won’t have to change patches, rub on creams, or remember to take a pill. And you won’t experience the radical surges and drops in blood levels as with other methods. Pellet implants even deliver more when the body needs it—like during exercise or periods of stress.

Types Of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Pellets

WBHRT pellets are tiny capsules of hormones that are embedded under your skin, usually in the fat around your hips, which deliver the hormone (often estrogen or testosterone) in a manner that closely mimics an ovary or testicle – continuous and pulsatile based on the body’s natural blood flow. Insertion of a hormone pellet is actually much less invasive than it might sound. The pellets are a bit bigger than a grain of rice, and insertion is a quick process that doesn’t require stitches.

Because pellets release hormones gradually, they’re a good way to avoid the hormonal roller coaster that other methods can cause. Instead of a sudden surge of hormones after a pill or shot, your body will experience a slow, steady release. Your body chemistry determines the rate at which the hormones are absorbed, but the pellets usually dissolve naturally in about three to six months.

Hormone Injections

Injections such as testosterone shots can be delivered by a healthcare provider, or some people learn how to inject themselves. Of course, not everyone likes giving themselves a shot! And the injection itself carries some risks if not done properly.

It is important to use a high quality compounded bioidentical hormone as, all too often, synthetic hormones and cottonseed oil are used in lower quality products. A qualified practitioner will also know through testing what your body’s needs are, avoiding major hormone fluctuations.

Hormone Creams

Progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, and DHEA can be delivered to the body through a tiny application of a lotion or cream. It is important for the cream to be accurately tailored to your needs with the right dosage, as hormones will fluctuate with each application.

Applying a cream is obviously a fast and non-invasive method of treatment. However, one risk of creams is that they can sometimes “transfer” to others. For example, if a cream was applied to your arm and a pet licked your arm, that pet receives an unwanted hormonal dose! Similarly, some people put cream on their bums (because the fat absorbs hormones well), but doing so can make it possible for hormones to be transferred through toilet seats.

Hormone Pills

Taking a pill on a regular basis is another fairly easy way to receive hormones. However, some people have difficulties remembering to stick to their dosage schedule, and others are reluctant to add another pill to their medical regimes.