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About Pellet Therapy

Hormone Pellet Therapy is a state-of-the-art medical protocol, utilizing tiny hormone pellets about the size of a grain of rice that provide as-needed delivery of missing amounts of estrogen and testosterone. The pellets are painlessly inserted under the skin in a procedure less painful than having your blood drawn.

The pellets contain low-dose, plant-based hormones derived from a naturally occurring compound found in soy and wild yam which is biologically equivalent to human hormones. They are hand-formulated under sterile conditions in a licensed compounding pharmacy, using the purest ingredients and manufactured to the highest standards by specialized compounding pharmacies. Hormone pellets are designed to supplement or add to your own hormones -- not replace them. Pellets are created specifically for each patient.

Pellet therapy is used to defeat the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause described by actress and author Suzanne Somers in one of her books as "the Seven Dwarfs of Menopause – Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful, and All Dried Up."  These symptoms respond extremely well to subcutaneous bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

Hormone Pellet Therapy allows your body to receive the balanced hormones it needs directly into the bloodstream 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Benefits include:

Hormone therapy using pellets is not new. Hormone pellets were originally developed in France in 1935 to help alleviate the symptoms of menopause. They were used in the United States from the late 1930s to the early 1970s when synthetic hormones became heavily marketed. Pellet therapy is currently popular in Europe and Australia for both men and women.

Inserting these little pellets into the body is sort of like inserting tiny new ovaries, because they do what the ovaries used to do – slowly release hormones into the bloodstream in a manner similar to how the ovaries did.  There are very few side effects since the pellets are simply restoring the hormones to physiologic levels. When first starting therapy, there will be a short adjustment period. The most common side effects are generally mild and can include temporary breast or nipple tenderness, and temporary water weight gain.

Many women have tried various kinds of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and have simply been dissatisfied with the way they have felt. Others have worried about reports of increased breast cancer or heart attacks. But because bio-identical subcutaneous hormone replacement is so different from conventional HRT, it is unlikely that negative data on conventional HRT even applies to pellet therapy. Many patients who don’t do well on conventional synthetic hormones respond well to pellet therapy.