Introduction to Pellet Hormone Therapy
All men and women will experience hormonal imbalance at some point in their life as their bodies produce fewer hormones as they become older. In addition to the aging process, there are other factors like prescription medications, birth control, stress, poor diets, and environmental contaminants that can exacerbate and slow down the process. Hormonal imbalance can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life and increase their risk of developing conditions including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
A distinctive kind of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is hormone pellet therapy. Compound hormones are compressed into tiny cylinders around the size of a grain of rice to create the pellets. The pellet is then implanted beneath your skin by our hormone specialist at our clinic, typically in your buttocks or abdomen.
Almost every process in our body is regulated by hormones. However, as we get older, our hormone levels might change drastically. Menopause and other transitional periods are the cause of some of these changes, while personal health concerns may be more the cause of others. We provide bio-identical hormone replacement therapy at NeuMed Modern Urgent Care + IV Therapy to bring patients' hormone levels back to the ideal range utilizing hormones derived from plants.
Signs and Symptoms of Hormone Decline
All hormone levels naturally decrease as we become older. Depending on whether hormone is lacking, there may be particular signs of hormone reduction. Additionally, age-related hormone depletion in Houston may cause some gender-specific symptoms in both men and women.
Common Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance:
- Brain fog
- Low libido
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Anxiety / Depression
- Mood swings / Irritability
- Decreased muscle mass
- Insomnia / Sleep disturbances
- Decreased libido and reduced sexual satisfaction
- Stiffness in muscles and joints
- Poor exercise performance
- Cognitive decline
- Increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Poor bone density and increased risk of fractures
- Decreased zest for life
What is Hormone Pellet Therapy?
A very popular and effective type of bio-identical hormone replacement is pellet therapy. Since the 1930s, pellets have been used to treat hormonal imbalance and have a number of distinct advantages over other ways to administer hormones.
Pellets are tiny, rice-grain-sized cylinders that are placed into the upper buttock's fatty tissue. This in-office process is really quick, easy, and painless. There are no stitches required because the incision is too small. There is hardly any downtime, so you may resume your everyday activities.
Once the pellet is in position, it slowly dissolves and releases hormones into your bloodstream that help to regain equilibrium. Pellets are produced specifically for each patient and are dosed with the exact bioidentical hormones they require.
Men with low testosterone or andropause as well as women experiencing menopause can all benefit from hormone pellet therapy.
What are hormone pellets made of?
Bio-identical hormone pellets can be used to treat Low Testosterone in males. Unlike synthetic preparations such as Testosterone Cypionate, which derive from horse urine, BioTe pellets are natural and plant-derived with the exact same structure as male hormones in the body. Inserting pellets are virtually painless and only take several minutes to perform in the office. Within 7 days, the path to wellness begins.
Pellets are made from plants that have been modified at the molecular level to become identical to your body’s natural hormones (Bio-identical). The bio-identical hormones are then crystallized into a powder that is compressed into tiny cylinders that are about the size of a grain of rice. A small amount of Stearic Acid is used to bind the pellet together.
What are the advantages of pellets?
The hormones are released into your bloodstream by "Cardiac Drive" pellets, which react to your body's needs. Compared to other hormone therapy delivery methods, this one comes the closest to mimicking the way your body distributes hormones. The possibility of highs and lows associated with some alternative delivery modalities, including injections, is also removed by this consistent hormone release.
For men who are on testosterone replacement therapy, pellet therapy is an excellent choice. Women's pellets last 3-5 months, while men's pellets last 5-6 months. Many pellet patients benefit from not having to apply lotions to their skin every day or get injections every week. You won't even need to consider your hormones once we've got the dosage just right until it's time to switch out your pellets! Some people worry about creams spreading to others, especially kids. Pellets also solve this problem.
There are many benefits of Hormone Pellet Therapy for men and women including:
- Improved Libido and Sexual Performance – Usually, the first benefits that both men and women on hormone pellet therapy experience are an increased sex drive and improved sexual performance.
- Increased Energy and Stamina – Hormone Pellet Therapy increases metabolism, which improves your ability to turn fat into energy.
- Increased Ability to Burn Fat and Build Muscle – Hormone Pellet Therapy not only improves your ability to burn fat. It also helps you build lean muscle easier and faster.
- Stronger Bones – Hormone pellet therapy leads to stronger, healthier bones and decreases your risk of osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related fractures.
- Improved Mood – Hormone therapy has been proven to improve your mood and lessen anxiety and depression.
- Improved Memory and Cognition – Hormone pellet therapy has also been proven to improve memory, focus, and concentration.
What makes pellets better than other hormone therapy methods?
As opposed to other delivery methods hormone pellets offer:
You receive an ongoing and consistent flow of hormones. This is much closer to the way your body normally produces and releases hormones. As a result, your levels always stay within a normal range. By comparison, pills and shots suddenly introduce a large dose that steadily declines, reaching a low level just before it’s time for your next shot or pill. This roller coaster effect does not promote optimal health and wellness.
Pellets last three to four months, giving you the hormones you need without needing to remember to take daily pills, apply creams, or give yourself frequent shots.
What's the insertion process like?
The actual procedure of pellet insertion takes only a few minutes at NeuMed. The insertion site, near the buttocks, will first be sterilized with a disinfecting wipe. Next, a 2mm incision into the subcutaneous tissue 2mm deep to the skin is made after numbing the area with lidocaine.
Pellets are inserted using an instrument called a trocar. The average male receives between 6 and 12 pellets based on the baseline testosterone levels. The pellets are as big as a grain of rice. A dressing is placed on the small incision and no stitch is needed, as the incision is quite small.
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Hormone Pellet Therapy Benefits
Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy has many powerful benefits, including:
Improved libido and sexual performance
Increased energy and stamina
Increased ability to burn fat and build muscle
Frequently Asked Questions
Hormone pellet therapy involves the subcutaneous implantation of small hormone pellets, typically in the buttocks or hip area. These pellets release bio-identical hormones into the bloodstream gradually. Bio-identical hormones closely mimic those produced by your body, helping to balance hormone levels and alleviate symptoms associated with hormone imbalances.
Hormone pellet therapy is suitable for both men and women who are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalances, such as fatigue, mood swings, low libido, hot flashes, and more. It is often recommended for individuals going through menopause, perimenopause, andropause, and those seeking relief from hormone-related issues.
While side effects are relatively rare, they can include minor bruising or redness at the implantation site. These side effects are typically mild and temporary. It is essential to have hormone pellet therapy administered by qualified healthcare professionals who can monitor your progress and adjust treatment if necessary.
The duration of hormone pellet therapy’s effects can vary from person to person. Typically, the pellets provide benefits for three to six months. After this period, a follow-up appointment may be scheduled to evaluate hormone levels and determine if additional pellets are needed to maintain the desired balance.
Hormone pellet therapy is considered safe when administered by trained healthcare providers. Regular monitoring is essential to ensure the therapy’s safety and effectiveness. Before starting the treatment, you will undergo a thorough evaluation to determine your hormone levels and establish an appropriate treatment plan. Periodic check-ups and hormone level testing will be conducted to make any necessary adjustments and ensure your well-being throughout the therapy.
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