Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy for Women and Men
Personalized. Safe. Effective.
Hormone replacement using pellet implants has been used with great success in the U.S., Europe and Australia since 1938. Pellet implants were a very popular mode of hormone administration in the U.S. until the 1970s, when many oral and topical commercial products were developed.
- Over 70 years of research has illustrated the benefits of pellet implants in administering hormones in both women and men:
- Delivery of consistent, physiologic levels of hormones (shown to maintain and improve bone density)
- They bypass the liver and don’t negatively impact clotting factors, blood pressure, lipid levels, glucose, or liver function.
Consistent improvement in:
- Cardiovascular Health
- Sex Drive and Libido
- Headaches and Migraines
- Hot Flashes
- Mood and Depression
- Joint Aches and Pains
- Weight gain
- Memory Fog
- Bone Loss
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.
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 to hormone pellets last?
Fused Pellet Implants typically last between 3-5 months, depending on how rapidly the hormones are metabolized. 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 to 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.