Hormonal imbalances and issues affect the vast majority of the population, and it is estimated that 80% of women suffer from it at some point in their lives. While it is particularly common after menopause, people of any age group can be affected by negative symptoms. At Pellecome in Randolph, NJ, we have developed Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Pellet Therapy (BHRT), a safe and effective way of counteracting such imbalances.
Pellets offer several advantages over other hormone replacement therapies, particularly because they are so low-maintenance, and they don’t put other members of the patient’s household in danger of accidentally applying the hormones. But how quickly can results be expected and how often will patients need to have a new pellet inserted?
How Hormone Pellet Therapy Works
During BHRT, a pellet containing the relevant hormones is inserted under the skin, usually in the upper buttock area, and slowly releases the hormones over several months. It is made of plant-based hormones that are identical to our own on a molecular level, which means that the patient’s body will recognize them as beneficial. This is one of the reasons why the therapy works so well and negative reactions are so rare.
In addition, the release of the hormone is slow and sustained, and there are no spikes or drops that could cause negative symptoms to return. As soon as the hormone level starts to drop off again, a new pellet can be inserted, so the patient will have a steady supply.
How Fast Can You Expect Results?
Several medical tests will be necessary to determine whether pellets are a good fit for a patient. Once the hormonal imbalance has been confirmed, an appointment can be booked for the initial insertion of the pellet. This session should take around 15 minutes, and you can use numbing agents so the patient won’t feel any pain. Since the treatment is minimally invasive, they’ll be able to resume many of their daily activities immediately.
After 1-3 days, patients will start feeling the first effects of your pellet. Over the next 2-4 weeks, these will increase, and the patients may start to notice that they lose weight faster, develop a stronger immune system and better memory recall, and that their overall mood increases. The exact results will depend on what types of hormones have been inserted. While the patient will see improvement after a few weeks, it may take 6 months to feel the full effects.
How Long Will Results Last?
Over time, the pellet will release the hormone and dissolve. Because it only contains the bio-identical hormone, there will be no residue. However, this means that a new pellet will need to be inserted every few months. You can speak to your patients about an appropriate replacement schedule, but it’s likely that most people will need to come to your clinic every 3-4 months.
As mentioned, the appointments will be very short after the initial consultation. You can expect to spend around 15 minutes per patient, and this time includes numbing the local area and inserting the new pellet.
The Advantages of Pellets
This type of hormone replacement therapy offers several unique benefits when compared to other methods. Not only is it quick and low-maintenance, but it is also safe for other members of the household, offers quick relief, and uses completely natural substances. For those reasons, it has rapidly become a widely used method that is favored by providers all over the country.
Quick and Low-Maintenance
One of the best things about pellet therapy is how low maintenance it is. Many of your clients might have a family or be busy professionals, so they appreciate anything that can save them time and make their daily routine less stressful. To benefit from the therapy, they can simply come to you once every three to four months and spend 15 minutes getting a new pellet inserted.
Other than that, they don’t have to worry about aftercare, maintenance, or regular application. In addition to being simple, this therapy also reduces the risk of non-compliance. It’s easy to forget to apply a cream or take a pill, and this can undermine the effectiveness of hormone therapy. However, when your patient’s pellet is inserted under their skin, it releases the hormone without any effort on their part.
No Danger to Other Household Members
The risk of other household members accidentally taking the hormones is especially big if patients have children, who may not realize what the product is and use it on themselves. This can cause them health problems. Fortunately, pellets eliminate this risk because they are fitted under the target patient’s skin, so nobody else will have access to them. As a result, this is a safer method that can be used no matter what the person’s current living situation is.
Symptom Relief Within 2-4 Weeks
When someone has severe symptoms due to a hormonal imbalance, it’s important that they can get the issue resolved as soon as possible. With pellets, they might start to feel different within a few days, but they’re likely to get significant results within 2-4 weeks of the initial treatment. Some other hormone replacement therapies may take up to three months to work, which can be a long wait when a patient is struggling to cope with an imbalance.
Bio-Identical Substances Used
Every time you introduce chemicals to the body, this poses a health risk and can produce negative side effects. To eliminate such problems, we always use bio-identical hormones, which are identical to the ones the human body produces. They are manmade but derived from plant estrogens and not synthesized in a lab.
Who Is Eligible?
Pellet therapy is an excellent method of delivering hormones to your patients, but is everyone eligible to benefit from this? What tests will you need to do before deciding whether it is suitable for a new patient? Because it is a minimally invasive treatment and doesn’t require a general anesthetic, most people who need hormone therapy will be able to use pellets.
However, you will need to invite your patients to a consultation and ask them to do certain tests that make sure they’re a good candidate. This process can also help you to determine what kinds of hormones they need and in which dosage. In addition, they may be taking certain medications that are not compatible with BHRT, in which case they’ll need to stop these for the duration of treatment.
Your Patient’s Struggle With Hormones
When you do the initial consultation, your patient will tell you about what symptoms they are experiencing and how long they’ve been struggling with these issues. They might also discuss any treatments they’ve tried in the past. If they’ve had hormone replacement therapy before, you can ask them what issues they had with it and why they are considering a switch to pellets.
We offer different hormones and combinations, so your patient’s pellet will be customized to suit their needs. This makes the therapy suitable for a wide range of people, both men and women, of various ages. No matter what symptoms they’re struggling with, this treatment could help them to regain their quality of life and prevent future issues related to hormonal imbalances.
Health Evaluation and Screenings
You will go through your patient’s medical history and check that they don’t have any conditions that could make the treatment unsafe. Additionally, you will do a blood test to determine exactly which hormones are imbalanced. The results of this comprehensive blood panel will be discussed with the patient. If they do have a hormonal imbalance, you can then determine how to best address this and which type of pellet they will benefit from.
Different providers have different requirements when it comes to health screenings, so you can choose how exactly you’d like to structure your health evaluation. If you’re treating a woman, you could ask her to do a mammogram or a pap smear test before starting the therapy to add an extra layer of safety.
Another key factor determining your patients’ eligibility is what kinds of drugs they regularly take. They will need to stop taking blood-thinning medications like NSAIDs, ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen sodium, or acetaminophen. If they have to take these due to a medical condition, they may not be the best fit for pellets, and you’ll need to evaluate whether they can still benefit from this method.
What Treatment Looks Like
BHRT using pellets is an easy and safe method, both for you as a provider and for your patients. Once you’ve determined that it’s a good fit for someone, you can set up their appointment and give them some instructions about what to do in the weeks leading up to treatment. Although they’ll have to stop taking certain medications, they won’t have to fast before the appointment.
As mentioned, you will only spend a few minutes fitting your patient’s pellet. First, the insertion site is cleaned and then a numbing agent is introduced to make sure the process is pain-free for them. You will make a small incision and insert the pellets, then cover the spot. After this, the patient can get dressed again and leave the clinic.
They can resume most of their activities immediately, but it’s best to avoid lower-body exercise and extreme temperatures for the first days. This includes swimming and hot tubs, but walking will be fine. One day after the treatment, they can shower again, and once the bandage is removed, they will be able to resume all activities. Many patients appreciate this level of ease and quick recovery time.
Incorporate Pellets in Your Practice Now
Pellet therapy is a safe, easy, and effective way to restore the body’s hormonal balance and relieve symptoms. In most cases, your patients can expect to feel a difference after 1-3 days, but the full results will be achieved in 2-4 weeks. Once people have started receiving treatment, we recommend that they go back to vist you for a replacement three or four times every year, as the pellets are absorbed by the body over time.
To find out more about our innovative product, contact Pellecome in Randolph, NJ. We will be more than happy to answer any questions, give you details on how our products could assist your patients, and help you get started with us. Our hormone replacement therapy method is popular all over the country, and we are certain that you will find it beneficial, as well.