Research shows that hormone replacement therapy through pellet implants is the safest, most-effective and most bio-identical method to deliver hormones.
You might be wondering, what exactly is a hormone pellet? Pellets are pressed hormones, either with estradiol or testosterone, into a cylinder shape smaller than a tic-tac that is then inserted under the skin and slowly releases small doses of hormones to provide optimal therapy.
Pellets offer a superior delivery of hormones that avoids the ups and downs of hormones taken orally or topically. Because the hormones are released slowly and consistently, you avoid normal hormone ratios for optimal health and disease prevention. This means that pellets do not increase the risk of blood clots or other serious side effects that come with other methods of hormone delivery.
Men’s testosterone levels naturally decrease with age, causing symptoms such as brain fog, memory loss, mood changes, anxiety, joint pain, insomnia and erectile dysfunction. Maintaining testosterone levels as men age is important to avoid these symptoms.
Pellet hormone therapy has been shown to be much more effective than conventional hormone therapy for symptoms of menopause, such as migraines, vaginal dryness, incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency, restoration of sleep patterns, and improvement in sex drive.
In both men and women, testosterone has been shown to increase energy, relieve depression, increase sex drive, increase sense of well-being, relieve anxiety and improve memory and concentration, and the prevention of chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which are associated with low testosterone levels.
Pellets deliver consistent levels of hormones for 3-5 months in women and 4-6 months in men.
The insertion of pellets is a simple, relatively painless procedure done under local anesthesia. The pellets are usually inserted in the lower abdominal wall or upper buttocks through a small incision, which is then taped and closed.
Other than slight bruising or discoloration of the skin, any other complications are very rare.
Additionally, Pellets do not carry with them the same risk of breast cancer as high doses of oral estrogens that do not maintain the correct estrogen ratio or hormone metabolites.
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