Pellet therapy is offered at The Menopause Center, and is a way to give bio-identical hormones to women when needed and can be individualized to your deficiencies and needs. When compared to other methods of dispensing bio-identical hormones, pellet therapy offers a number of benefits and conveniences, including the simplest, most accurate dosing method available without the concern of transference to sexual partners, family members or pets, as may be a concern with hormone creams.
What is Pellet Therapy?
Pellet therapy is a safe and effective delivery method for compounded doses of specific hormones. This method of hormone replacement therapy has been in practice for well over 80 years and is available for patients who will benefit from treatment with bioidentical testosterone.
Once the pellet has been inserted into the upper hip-area via a small incision during an in-office procedure, the pellet will begin to slowly metabolize steadily delivering a natural dose of hormone. The hormone is released a little bit at a time and it gives the patient a steady level of hormone, without the fluctuations found in other methods. over the next three to five months.
How Long Does Pellet Therapy Last?
The length of each treatment cycle is determined by how quickly your body metabolizes the pellet, which varies from person to person.
Benefits of Pellet Therapy for Women
It may come as a surprise to know that testosterone, which is normally considered a male hormone, also plays a crucial role in women’s hormone health as well. Once lab work and personal history is taken into account, a customized pellet therapy treatment plan can offer numerous benefits for a woman, including symptoms related to perimenopause or menopause. Some of these benefits may include:
- Increased sex drive*
- Increased sexual response
- Improved bone density*
- Improved energy levels*
- Improved mental sharpness
- Improved motivation
- Improved lean body mass*
- Lower fat mass*
- Reduced menopause symptoms*
Women make testosterone normally, but in much lower amounts than in men. When a woman has a low level of testosterone, she may wonder why she has no sex drive, as she once did or why sexual response is so much more difficult. She may blame it on getting older, lack of interest in her partner, too busy with the kids or working too much, when in fact, it may be a hormonal deficiency. Although it may be normal to lose some of your sexual drive as you age, it is not normal to lose all of your sexual drive.
Who is a Good Candidate for Pellet Therapy?
Young women may also have a low testosterone level for no reason at all, or commonly due to long term use birth control pills. We don’t know why this happen, but it does, and even young women may complain of loss of sex drive and/or vaginal dryness due to a hormone deficiency. If a low testosterone level is found upon testing, a pellet of testosterone is a great way to boost the sex drive up to the desired level.
In menopausal women, a low testosterone level is relatively common. Testosterone works in conjunction with estrogen in maintaining a normal hormone balance and maintaining vitality. In menopausal women, estrogen is often added to the pellet in the amount your body needs, making a personalized testosterone/estrogen pellet. Progesterone is added at night for sleep, with thyroid hormone and cortisol monitored and supplemented as indicated.
Is Pellet Therapy Safe?
All of the pellets are made of bio-identical hormone, meaning the molecular structure is the same as our own body’s hormones. We work with a company called BioTe Medical, a national company founded by a gynecologist, who trains providers in this method of hormone replacement, and works directly with the compounding pharmacy to assure sterility, potency, and quality of the pellet.
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