Hormone Replacement Therapy
As a woman’s hormone levels begin to decrease through natural menopause or stop abruptly due to surgical menopause, it causes unpleasant side effects, including hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, decreased sexual pleasure, reduced sex drive and other signs of hormonal imbalance. This is when we recommend hormone replacement therapy.
In bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, your gynecologist will use blood tests to determine the level of your body’s own hormones. This allows development of a hormone replacement plan to restore your body’s natural hormone balance. Rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach common in commercially produced hormone replacement, the medications are then specially formulated in a compounding pharmacy to ensure you receive the exact dosage your body requires.
Common symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
- Difficulty sleeping at night
- Lack of energy and fatigue during the day
- Reduced mental focus and memory
- Moody, anxious or depressed
- Weight gain, including increased fat around the midsection
- Inability to lose weight regardless of healthy diet and exercise
- Decreased muscle strength
- Muscle and/or joint pain
- Reduced sexual desire and performance
What is Hormone Pellet Therapy?
Pellet therapy uses hormones derived from natural plant sources to replicate the body’s normal hormonal levels. Patients have found that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants is extremely effective. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones that provide optimal therapy.
Unlike typical oral and transdermal forms of therapy — which produce “roller coaster” hormone levels, resulting in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient — Hormone Pellet Therapy is the only method of hormone therapy that provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day for up to three to five months without any “roller coaster” effect.
Because the hormones used are completely natural, pellet therapy is ideal for patients who want the benefits of a natural hormone without the drawbacks of a synthetic. The big advantage of Hormone Pellet Therapy is the addition of testosterone which increases energy, libido, and sexual performance.
What are Hormone Pellets?
Pellets contain a natural plant source of estrogen and testosterone. A compounding pharmacist, using strict federal guidelines, compounds the estrogen and testosterone used in the pellets.
These pellets, which are smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin and most closely mimic the actions of healthy ovaries with regard to hormone release into the bloodstream. The hormone pellet implantation procedure is easily performed in the office.