Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can be delivered in many forms. There are creams, gels and injections, but popular culture and our busy lifestyles have demanded another option, one that frees men and women from the hassles of daily dosing, optimizes hormone levels and minimizes side effects. This treatment solution is known as pellet therapy and though it may seem like a novel concept, it’s actually been around as long as bioidentical hormone therapy itself. Pellet therapy dates back to the 1930s—but only rose to popularity in recent years as on-the-go lifestyles have increased demand. Discover why pellet therapy is a preferred treatment option for many men and women seeking bioidentical hormone therapy.
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. 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 via a small incision to numbered area 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 hormones—much like the body does under normal function—over the course of three months. The duration depends on how quickly the body metabolizes the pellet.
Pellet therapy offers many of the same benefits as other BHRT delivery methods, but it has some distinct features that set it apart, including:
Convenient, no hassle dosing. The 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
Minimizes fluctuations between treatments. 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, like having your blood drawn. Local anesthetic is applied to the injection site, a tiny incision is made in the skin and the pellet is put into place by trained medical staff and sealed with a piece of medical tape. There is no need for stitches.
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
Enhanced focus and drive
Lowered risk of certain diseases
Women may choose 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:
Improved sex drive and sexual sensation
Improved weight management
Reduced fat mass
Increased lean body mass
Increased focus and ambition
Improved bone density
Our doctors are experts in hormone pellet therapy and have performed thousands of these procedures. Vist our Frequently Asked Questions page to view answers to our most requested questions on bioidentical hormone pellet therapy. If you would like more information, contact us to get in touch with one of our medical experts.