Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy

Bioidentical hormone pellet therapy is a well-researched method of delivering hormones to your body. Bioidentical hormone doctor, {Name} offers this method by painlessly inserting a small bioidentical hormone pellet, about the size of a grain of rice, under your skin. The procedure is less painful than having your blood drawn. The hormones in the pellets provided by Dr. Jan Jay are bioidentical, which means that they are the exact molecular match to the hormones produced by your body. These bioidentical hormone pellets typically consist of either estradiol or testosterone.

Bioidentical hormone pellets are generally synthesized from soybeans or yams. Other than a small amount of stearic acid as is common in pharmaceuticals, there are no other ingredients in them. These hormone pellets dissolve completely, with no residue, under the skin over a three- to six-month period of time.

Dr. Jay uses hormone pellets that are manufactured by special compounding pharmacies in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Areas. The ingredients, estradiol or testosterone, are pharmaceutical grade quality. Dr. Jay’s bioidentical hormone pellet therapy can be used to relieve the symptoms of menopause, perimenopause and andropause, to name just a few hormone related conditions that respond well to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Bioidentical hormone pellet therapy slowly releases hormones into the bloodstream – similar to the way hormones are released by the ovaries and testes.

Many women and men have tried various kinds of hormone replacement therapy and have been dissatisfied with the way they have felt; others have worried about reports of increased breast cancer or heart attacks. Because bioidentical hormone pellet therapy is so different from conventional or synthetic hormone therapy, it is unlikely that the negative effects of conventional hormone therapy apply to bioidentical hormone pellet therapy. Many patients don’t do well on any other form of hormone therapy except for under the skin bioidentical hormone pellet therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pellet Therapy

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
An individualized approach to hormone replacement therapy, using biologically identical hormones (BHRT), pinpoints a person’s exact hormone levels, and what hormones are needed to balance their hormone deficiency. The differences between synthetic and biologically identical hormones are in their chemical structures and functionality. Biologically identical hormones have the same chemical structure as the hormones created naturally in the human body.
What are Bioidentical Hormone Pellets?
Fused pellet implants are compounded using biologically identical hormones (most often Estradiol or Testosterone). The hormones are pressed / fused into very small cylinders, a little larger than a grain of rice.
What are the benefits of bioidentical hormone pellets?
You can expect to increase the quality of your life and experience relief from, and in some cases the elimination of, uncomfortable symptoms caused by imbalanced hormones.

Consistent improvement in:

  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Sex Drive and Libido
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Hot Flashes
  • Mood and Depression
  • Joint Aches and Pains
  • Weight gain
  • Memory Fog
  • Bone Loss
Where are hormone pellets implanted?
Pellet insertion is a relatively simple in-office procedure done under local anesthesia. The pellets are inserted subcutaneously (under the fatty lining of skin), either in the lower abdomen or the upper buttocks through a very small incision. The incision is then closed with surgical glue or sterile-tape strips. Implants placed under the skin consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones, which have been shown to have many benefits.
Aftercare for implantation
Vigorous activity should be avoided for 2-3 days, and activity involving the gluteus muscles should be avoided for a week. You may shower the same day as the procedure, but submerging in water (swimming or bathing in a bathtub should be avoided for a week, or until the incision site has healed.)
How long do hormone pellets last?
It depends on the person, but the normal interval is three- to six-months. Occasionally extra pellets are inserted before the dissolution of the initial pellet, if it is needed. After insertion of the pellets, vigorous physical activity should be avoided for 2-3 days, or as suggested by the healthcare practitioner. Some patients begin to feel symptom relief within 48 hours, while others may take up to two weeks to notice a marked difference. The pellets do not need to be removed. They are completely dissolved by the body.
How do I know which hormones I will need?
Before starting any hormone replacement therapy, patients should work directly with a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner to have hormone testing done to evaluate their personal hormone profile. Based on existing hormone levels and health history, the practitioner will make a hormone replacement recommendation. Once pellets have been inserted, hormone levels will be reevaluated prior to the insertion of the next round of pellets. Follow up lab work is done after the initial pelleting to determine whether target hormone levels were reached. Once this is successfully achieved, the practitioner may suggest testing less frequently based upon patient feedback and prior hormone levels.

Does it matter when to have my blood tested for hormone levels?
  • For women, it’s best to have your hormone levels checked a week prior to, during, or immediately after your period, at any time of the day.
  • For men, it’s best to have your testosterone levels checked early in the morning when they are the highest.
Are there any hormone pellet side effects?
Unlike other forms of hormone therapy, there are few bioidentical hormone pellet side effects and they are usually transient. Learn more about bioidentical hormone pellet therapy side effects by talking to Dr. Jan Jay.

For more information about how Bioidentical Hormone Pellets can help you, call Dr. Jan Jay in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas of New Mexico.