Pellet Hormone Therapy
Pellet Hormone Therapy in Lansdowne, VA
What is Pellet Hormone Therapy?
Hormone Pellet Therapy is a form of hormone replacement therapy for both men and women that involves the use of small, customized pellets containing bio-identical hormones. These pellets are made from natural sources and have a molecular structure identical to the hormones naturally produced by the human body.
During the Hormone Pellet Therapy procedure, the hormone pellets are implanted under the skin, usually in the hip or buttock area, through a minor surgical procedure. The pellets slowly release hormones into the bloodstream over several months, providing a continuous and steady supply of hormones.
Why Hormone Pellet Therapy?
Pellet Hormone Therapy is a form of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy that involves placing small hormone pellets under the skin that are programmed for a slow release over a 3-5 month period of time. The pellets are molecularly identical to our endogenous human hormone, and are synthesized from an oil derived from yams. Pellets have been used with great success in the United States, Europe and Australia since 1938 and found to be superior to other methods of hormone delivery, so it is not either experimental or new. Pellets have been proven to deliver consistent, physiologic levels of hormones and avoid the fluctuations of hormone levels seen with other methods of delivery, including oral (tablets and capsules), transdermal (creams) and injection (testosterone for Men).
Unlike creams and oral methods that have to be taken or applied daily, or testosterone injections for men that have to be done weekly, pellets are inserted just under the skin and last for 3-5 months, slowly releasing the bioidentical hormone to the body through this entire period without any re-application or other maintenance.
Like the transdermal, oral and injection methods, pellets address many of the symptoms of hormone loss and aging including decreased bone density, increased fat, decreased muscle mass, increased fasting blood sugars, increased cholesterol, hot flashes, decreased libido, decreased energy, anxiety and depressive symptoms, sleep disturbances, poor erectile function, etc. For a broader description of BHRT in general, men may click here and women should click here.
As with other forms of BHRT, there have never been any findings of health risks when using relatively physiologic doses, nor logically should there be any since the bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure as your natural hormones. In fact, over one hundred recent scientific studies show a lack of side effects and the measurable benefits of BHRT in symptomatic individuals. The Women’s Health Initiative Study points to the obvious: that pregnant mare urine derived hormones which are not molecularly nor physiologically identical to human hormones cause severe health issues attributable to differences in their mechanism of action. Most all of the dangerous “side effects” of non-bio-identical hormone treatment are absent when treating with bio-identical hormones. By now, I have shared the literature that supports these points, but if I haven’t and you are interesting in seeing it, just ask.
As leaders in upscale functional and integrative medicine, we understand that hormonal imbalances can have a profound impact on your overall quality of life. Our Hormone Pellet Therapy offers a safe, effective, and long-lasting solution to address these imbalances. Derived from natural sources, our bio-identical hormone pellets are custom-compounded to match your body’s unique needs.
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We understand that every individual is unique, and so are their hormone levels. Our experienced medical team will conduct thorough evaluations, including comprehensive lab tests, to design a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific requirements.
Our esteemed team of functional and integrative medicine specialists brings years of experience and expertise to the table. Rest assured that you are in the hands of skilled professionals who are dedicated to your well-being.
Pellet Hormone Therapy is just one aspect of our holistic approach to health and wellness. We integrate various modalities, including nutrition, lifestyle counseling, and stress management, to optimize your results and help you achieve lasting wellness.
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Pellet Hormone Therapy FAQ
How are pellets inserted?
Using a local anesthetic, they are painlessly inserted under the skin of the hip, through a tiny incision, using a small insertion device. After the pellets are inserted, a small piece of tape is placed to close the incision. The entire process takes only a few minutes, and the amount of discomfort one feels is actually less than getting a blood test.
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How long after the pellet insertion before patients feel the benefits of the therapy?
What are the advantages of Bioidentical Pellet Implant Therapy?
Is everyone a candidate for Bioidentical Pellet Implant Therapy?
Most everyone is a candidate, but there are a few exceptions as follows:
- Patients taking blood thinners may not be a candidate for the pellet insertion procedure itself due to the blood thinners adverse impact on clotting. Depending on the particular medication, dosage and other factors, we may be able to overcome this issue. If the prescribing physician would agree, the optimal situation is for the patient to avoid taking the blood thinners for one week before the procedure.
- Men with extremely low body fat may not be a candidate for pellet insertion due to the possibility of pellet extrusion if there is not sufficient fat tissue at the pellet insertion point. This is very rare but can happen in some slim, very athletic men that have body fat percentage of 10% or lower.
- Patients with active breast or prostate cancer are not candidates for BHRT of any kind including BHRT Pellet Therapy.