Bioidentical Hormone Pellets

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Hormone Pellet Therapy

Hormone Pellet Therapy uses hormones derived from natural plant sources to replicate the body’s normal hormone levels. Pellets which are the size of a grain of rice are placed in the fatty tissue, under the skin, consistently release small physiologic doses of hormone providing optimal therapy to return you to a healthy state of hormone balance. Unlike typical and transdermal forms of therapy, which can produce roller coaster hormonal levels of therapy, hormone pellets provide sustained hormone levels throughout the day without any roller coaster effect.

Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Implant History

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Hormone replacement using pellet implants is not new and has been used with great success in the U.S., Australia, and Europe since 1938.  In fact, they were a very popular mode of administration in the United States until 1970’s, before many of the synthetic oral and topical hormone products were developed.  While the demand for pellets diminished in the U.S., pellet implants continues to be popular in Australia and Europe for both men and women. In the past decade, due to a better understanding of its benefits and advances made in processes, pellet implants for hormone replacement has grown and is growing in popularity in the U.S.

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What are Bioidentical Hormones?

hormone-pellets-3They are hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones made naturally in our bodies. They are not found in this form in nature but are made from a natural plant source, yams and soy, and professionally compounded by select pharmacies, using strict United States Pharmacopeia (USP) guidelines, to be biologically equivalent to the human form of estradiol, progesterone and testosterone.

FOR WOMEN:

Signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance may include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Lack of mental acuity; difficulty concentrating; foggy thinking
  • Poor memory
  • Decreased sexual desire (libido)
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia/poor sleep quality
  • Anxiety and Depressed mood
  • Increased irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of motivation
  • Loss of muscle mass and tone
  • Joint aches/pain/stiffness
  • Loss of sense of well-being and vigor
  • Weight gain; Accumulation of belly fat
  • Thinning/ wrinkling /sagging skin
  • Dull, dry skin
  • Osteopenia / Osteoporosis (thinning of bones / bone loss)
  • Increased incidence of type 2 diabetes
  • Increased risk of heart disease

hormone-pellets-2What can I expect bioidentical hormones to do for me?

Replacing a woman’s missing hormones effectively reduces:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain with sex
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia/ Sleep disturbances
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Brain Fog
  • Body Fat
  • pellet3Joint aches/pain/stiffness
  • Degenerative disease, and more

At the same time, it effectively increases:

  • Energy levels
  • Sex drive
  • Mood
  • Mental clarity and focus
  • Ability to build lean muscle
  • Fat loss in those who are unable to reduce body weight regardless of diet and exercise
  • Bone production and prevention of Osteoporosis
  • Sense of well-being and vigor

These symptoms should not be ignored. Bioidentical hormone restoration may indeed be beneficial and can improve one’s quality of life significantly.

Where are the pellet implants inserted?

Pellet insertion is a short, simple, relatively painless in-office procedure done under local anesthesia. The tiny pellets are inserted in the fat layer under the skin, usually near the hip or buttocks, through a very small incision. The tiny incision is closed with adhesive steri-strips.

How soon will I feel the benefits after pellet insertion?

Patients may often experience relief of symptoms within one to two weeks of pellet insertion while others may take up to two to three weeks to notice a marked difference.

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How long do the hormone pellet implants last?

Pellet Implants typically last anywhere from 3-6 months, depending on how rapidly the hormones are metabolized.

Do the hormone pellets need to be removed every 3-6 months?

The hormone pellets do not need to be removed. They are completely dissolved by the body.

Are there any pellet therapy side effects?

Generally, there are minimal side effects that may include bruising, minor bleeding, discoloration of the skin, infection, and possible pellet extrusion. Other than slight bruising, or discoloration of the skin these side effects tend to be very rare.

How do I know if I am a candidate for hormone pellet therapy?

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Before starting any hormone restoration therapy, you should work directly with a knowledgeable physician such as Dr. ChinQuee who will meet with you in consultation, review your medical history, do a physical examination, perform hormone testing to evaluate your personal hormone profile.

Based on your hormone levels and health history, if you are determined an appropriate candidate, a hormone restoration recommendation is then customized and tailored for your individual needs by Dr. ChinQuee and her team.

It is very important to work with a physician who is well versed with bioidentical hormone therapy as well as the actual implant procedure. The placement of the pellet and the hormone dosing are extremely important in determining safety and efficacy.

How are the hormones monitored during therapy?

After starting your customized hormone therapy, Dr. ChinQuee will work closely with you to monitor and re-evaluate your hormone levels to insure that you have restored and are maintaining optimal hormone balance.

Once pellets have been inserted, hormone levels will be reevaluated before the insertion of the next round of pellets.

After the first year of therapy, based upon your response to therapy and prior hormone levels, Dr. ChinQuee may suggest less frequent testing.

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What does pellet therapy cost ?

Pellet therapy helps to maintain consistent blood hormone levels. The cost for pellet insertion will vary depending on your individual treatment protocol ( the dose of the hormones and the number of pellets needed). Men need a much larger dose of testosterone than women and the cost is higher. When compared to the cost of drugs to treat the individual symptoms of hormone decline, pellets are very cost effective.

So, if increased energy, better mood, increase muscle mass and tone, increased sex drive and sexual performance, improved concentration and memory, improved sleep, regaining youthful vitality are a part of your action plan for healthy aging, then call to schedule an appointment with Dr. ChinQuee  to help you restore optimal hormone balance so you can start feeling good again.