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Pellet Information

What type of treatment modalities do you offer?

We offer two types of bio-identical treatments:

  • Intramuscular Injection (IM), which is an injection in the upper portion of the hip.
  • Pellets, which are implanted under the skin on the fattiest tissue of the hip
Hormone Pellets Basics?
Hormone pellets are tiny, highly comressed “discs” or “cylinders” containing pure bioidentical hormone (the same hormones that are already present in the human body.) They are placed under the skin with a very quick, simple, and painless procedure and will deliver hormone to the body as needed while slowly dissolving over time.
Which form of treatment to you recommend? Why would I use one instead of the other?
Both forms of treatment are effective delivery methods for hormone replacement our patients are split on which they prefer. Pellet patients often talk about the consistent delivery “controlled release over time” of the hormone. The body draws from the hormone when it is needed. The also appreciate only having to visit the office every 3 months versus 7-10 days. Patients often prefer the IM injections because weekly injections can be adjusted based on the patient response to the hormones.
What are Pellet Implants / How are they inserted?
Sterile pellets are a small, cylindrical form of compounded medication prepared using bio-identical hormones. They are used to treat hormone deficiencies and imbalances in both men and women. The pellet is only about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted below the skin in the gluteal during a simple office procedure. The area is numbed using a local anesthetic and a tiny incision is made through which the pellet is inserted using a trocar. Once it is in place, a sterile strip is used to close the incision and covered with an adhesive bandage. Over the course of three to four months, the pellet slowly dissolves as the body draws small, physiologic dosages of the hormone to maintain a more consistent delivery. Once it is dissolved, the procedure is repeated and a new pellet is inserted.
Are pellet insertions painful? What is the recovery time?
Pellet implants are quick are relatively painless and usually completed within 17 minutes here in our office. The procedure is minimal: First, an area on the back of your hip is numbed with a local anesthesia, then a small puncture is made and the pellets are inserted into subcutaneous tissue just under the skin. You may feel a slight pulling when the tiny pellet is inserted. After the procedure is finished, steri-strips and a gauze bandages are placed over the puncture. In rare situations stitches are applied to men who are highly active.
Why Use Pellets?
One of the benefits of pellets is that pellets can be used to deliver hormones to the body that are both structurally and biologically identical to the body’s own hormones. Bio-identical hormones such as estradiol (E2) and testosterone are the most commonly used. They are slowly released over a period of three to four months, allowing for more consistent delivery. Because the pellet is placed beneath the skin, once it is inserted, the body naturally does the rest. Patients do not have to remember to take a pill or give an injection. Patients also do not have to worry about getting the pellet removed because it is safely dissolved by the body over time. Once it is dissolved, the next pellet can be inserted by the physician.
How Are Pellets Made?
For a more natural product, implantable pellets are created fusing together hormone powder and stearic acid without the sue of chemical binders. These compressed pellets are about the size of a grain of rice and are resistant to breakage and have a consistent color and texture for higher quality results. Pellets go through extensive safety and sterility testing before leaving the compounding pharmacy.
How Often will I need Pellet Implants?
Implants are generally conducted every 3 months in some patients pellets may last 3-4 months. Pellets need no removal because they slowly dissolve into the blood stream.
Does a woman have to be in menopause to benefit from pellets or injection treatments?
NO – Woman at any age or stage of life can experience symptoms of hormone imbalance and may need to have their levels checked by a Doctor. Levels can decline for various reasons and pellet therapy is able to combat symptoms of fatigue, libido, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, severe PMS, menstrual or migraine headaches, sleeping disorders.

What is Bio- identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

  • Bio-identical hormone replacement is whole-body therapy. Hormones impact nearly every function of the human body; in fact there are hormone receptors on nearly every cell in your body.
  • As you age your hormone levels change and your organs produce less natural hormones. Hormone replacement slows down the aging process in every organ in your body.
  • Hormone therapy is important for all aging women both peri-menopausal and menopausal, women with and without ovaries, as well as men. While not as common, young women and men can also have hormonal imbalances and must be given equal consideration for treatment based on comprehensive lab results and full evaluation of medical history, and symptoms.
  • Bio-identical hormones are structurally identical to what your body makes. They restore the body’s natural balance and are essential to healthy aging.

What are Bio-identical Hormones?

Bio-identical hormones use plants and generate an identical in organic structure and function to human hormones. Bio-identical hormones are identical to the hormones already found in your body and follow the blue print of human life.

What are Bio-identical Hormones Derived from?

The “Bio-identical” hormone powders are derived from soy and primarily yams. Those that are chemically sensitive to one, can chose the other option.

Why Aren’t Bio-identical Hormones FDA Approved?

Bio-identical hormones are not patentable. Because of this, drug companies won’t spend an inordinate amount of money to seek FDA approval. Because of reliance on FDA approval, many great healthful supplements, vitamins and other treatments are largely unrecognized and unused. This has resulted in many misguided opinions and a lack of knowledge regarding Hormone Replacement. The FDA has produced the following statement “FDA is not aware of any credible scientific evidence to support claims made regarding the safety and effectiveness of compounded BHRT drugs. Director of FDA’s Office of Women’s Health in another statement regarding the use of BHRT drugs to prevent or cure heart disease, Alzheimer, disease, breast cancer the FDA stated the BHRT drugs have not been shown to prevent or cure any of these diseases. In fact, FDA approved MHT “Menopausal Hormone Therapy” Drugs (i.e. Premarin and Provera) may increase the risk of heart disease, breast cancer, and dementia in some women. No large, long term study has been done to determine the adverse effects of bio-identical hormones. The FDA does not have evidence that bio-identical hormones” are safer or more effective than other hormone products.

Is Premarin Bio-identical?

Premarin is derived from a pregnant mare’s horse urine, and therefore contains many horse estrogen’s that are not found in the human body. Therefore, Premarin is not a bio-identical hormone.

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