What Is Pellet Therapy and Can It Help You?
There are many reasons people might benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Some men find relief using BHRT for problems associated with low testosterone. For women, BHRT can be life changing when dealing with perimenopause, menopause, or PCOS. When making decisions about BHRT you will find that there are a several options for delivery systems. Each has its own strengths, and there is no single right choice, which is why it is important to work with a provider who is knowledgeable about the different options. One intriguing option for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is with pellets.
What is pellet therapy?
Pellet therapy is a unique slow releasing form of hormone replacement that provides an even, continuous dose of hormones for months. The hormones are crafted in a compounding pharmacy to be molecularly indistinguishable from the hormones made by the body. These bioidentical hormones are then formed into pellets that are placed in the body to release a steady dose for as long as 4 months for women and 5 months for men.
How does it work?
The pellets are inserted, usually into the hip area, in a doctor’s office. The procedure causes very little discomfort, and patients can return to normal activities within a week. Women can feel some relief within a day or two, although for both men and women it generally takes 2 to 4 weeks for the full effect to be felt. The hormone replacement therapy pellets slowly release a steady supply of hormones, eliminating the need to remember repeated doses, as well as the ups and downs of uneven hormone levels. When the pellets have completely dissolved, new pellets can be inserted, maintaining the even and effective dose.
Pros and Cons of Pellet Therapy
Like any hormone delivery system, there are pros and cons of pellet therapy. When making a choice between the different BHRT methods, it’s important to understand what it is and the differences between pellet therapy and other forms, so you can choose the one that will best serve you.
- Pellets are reliable and consistent in their formulation.
- They last for a long time without frequent replacement.
- They provide a continuous dose of hormones, without uncomfortable fluctuations.
- Unlike oral hormones, hormones that are delivered by pellet therapy are not processed by the liver, reducing the risks of clots.
- The bioidentical hormones contained in the pellets are indistinguishable from those the body makes.
- Insertion requires an office visit, and the site of insertion is usually tender for a few days.
- Pellet therapy may not be covered by insurance, and therefore requires payment upfront.
What is it that makes pellet therapy right for you?
Once you have the information about pellet therapy, you may be interested in finding out more to determine if it’s the best choice for your medical needs. At this point, your next step should be to speak to an experienced medical professional. Someone with extensive experience in the field of BHRT is equipped to walk you through the choices available to you. For the most effective care, it is important to find a practitioner who is both highly medically qualified and who is willing to listen and respond to your concerns. Each person’s needs are different, and each one deserves the care and attention to find the right approach for them.
At Apollo Medical Associates, we have a wide range of experience with many approaches to BHRT. Our expertise, combined with compassionate patient care, makes us uniquely qualified to help you find answers for your needs. We are committed to helping people with hormonal issues including low testosterone, menopause and perimenopause, PCOS, and weight loss. For more information on hormone replacement therapy pellets or other treatment options, or to schedule an appointment, contact our BHRT specialists today.