- What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Pellet Therapy?
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the therapeutic use of plant-based hormones that are identical on a molecular level with those created by the human body. Hormone pellets are often the preferred method of delivery and have benefits over other formulations, such as creams or orals. Sustained, consistent release of hormones from pellets over time is considered an advantage over the fluctuations that can occur with formulations.
Some healthcare providers prescribe a combination of pellets, creams and/or orals to optimize their patients’ hormones.
- Why Bio-Identical Pellet Therapy?
Pellet therapy is simple and easy! Pellets are inserted into patients 3-4 times per year. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes.
Patients don’t have to worry about applying creams or taking orals daily so compliance is not an issue.
- How long does a Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Pellet take to work?
Every patient and their hormone optimization journey are unique. Within 7-10 days after your pellet insertion, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) begins to work. Once the pellets are inserted in the gluteal area, a consistent dose of Bio-Identical hormones enter the bloodstream.
Most patients report some symptom relief in as little as 2-4 weeks, but full optimization may take up to 6 months. Your healthcare provider will customize your particular hormone optimization for you.
- What is the goal of Hormone Optimization Therapy?
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a treatment for many common and debilitating symptoms associated with aging, which are not traditionally addressed by healthcare providers. Symptoms such as fatigue, stress, foggy thinking, weight gain, loss of sex drive and sleep disturbances are some of the most common complaints. The goal of BHRT is to address the root cause of symptoms by optimizing hormone levels. BHRT is a natural and simple method for addressing hormone imbalance in Men and Women.
Data have shown that Bio-Identical hormone pellet therapy can be successful in treating Men and Women with hormone imbalance.
- How can I get started with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider who offers BHRT to discuss whether it is an appropriate option for you. If you and your HCP decide that BHRT is a viable option for you, blood work should be done to test your current hormone levels. Based on your comprehensive consultation and thorough blood work panel, your provider will determine if you are a candidate for BHRT. A follow up appointment will be scheduled for your unique pellet therapy insertion.
- What can I expect from BHRT pellet therapy?
Most patients report some symptom relief in as little as 2-4 weeks, but full optimization may take up to 6 months. Your healthcare provider will customize your hormone optimization treatment for you based on your symptoms and blood work.
- What should I do before I schedule an appointment?
For Women, many physicians require that you have a current Mammogram and Pat Test (Smear).
- What should I do before the procedure?
One week before the procedure, stop taking all blood thinners such as NSAIDs, aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen sodium, etc. If you are required to take any of these on a daily basis, you should consult with your physician. No fasting in advance of the procedure is required.
- What test is required before the insertion?
A comprehensive blood panel is required and can be discussed with your healthcare provider.
- What happens during the in-office insertion?
During the in-office visit, patients are taken into the exam room where the insertion site is cleaned and numbed. The most common site of insertion is the upper buttock. Once numb, a small incision is made for the pellets to be inserted. After the pellets are placed, the insertion site is covered with a small bandage. The total procedure takes less than 15 minutes.
- What happens during the week following the insertion?
After pellet insertion, it is best to eliminate lower body exercise, which does not include walking. Extraneous exercise is not recommended. Swimming, hot tubs, and bathtubs are to be avoided. You can shower 24 hours following the procedure. After removal of the bandage, normal activities may resume. For more specific questions, you can consult your Healthcare Provider.
- How often is pellet insertion necessary?
Each patient’s experience is unique. Most patients have pellets inserted 3-4 times per year.
- What happens to pellets after insertion?
Since the pellets are Bio-Identical and contain nothing other than the hormone your body naturally produces, the pellets are completely dissolved and absorbed, leaving nothing behind.