What are pellet hormones?
Pellet hormones are either comprised of estradiol or testosterone, which are fused into tiny cylinders. The pellets themselves are just a little larger than a grain of rice.
The providers at Lakeshore Renewal use pellets to help deliver hormones to both men and women. By placing the pellets under your skin, they can consistently release small doses of the needed bioidentical hormones into your system.
What does pellet hormone replacement therapy help with?
Pellet hormone replacement therapy is a convenient technique that provides relief from a variety of health issues in both men and women. Hormone therapy can help with:
- Menopausal symptoms
- Maintaining bone density
- Restoring sleep patterns
- Improving sex drive
- Libido and sexual response and performance
You might also notice an improvement in your hair texture and skin tone, increased strength and coordination, and improvement in your concentration and memory.
How does pellet hormone replacement therapy work?
Pellet hormone replacement therapy works by delivering a consistent and healthy level of hormones in your body for 3-6 months.
The pellet technique avoids unwanted fluctuations of hormone levels sometimes seen with other hormone-delivery methods. Many times, it’s the ups and downs of your hormone levels that can lead to unwanted side effects and symptoms that accompany other hormone therapies.
What can you expect during your hormone pellet replacement therapy session?
Inserting the pellets is a simple, in-office procedure. Using local anesthesia, the providers at Lakeshore Renewal insert the pellets through a small incision in your lower abdominal wall or through your hip.
How soon can you experience the results of pellet hormone replacement?
You may begin to feel better as soon as 24-48 hours after your provider inserts the pellets. On the other hand, it may take a week or two to notice a difference.
How long the pellets work usually varies for men and women. Typically, the pellets last between 3-5 months in women and 5-6 months in men. A few things can increase the absorption rate of the pellets, requiring your provider to insert the next round of pellets sooner. These include:
- High levels of stress
- High levels of physical activity
- Certain medications
- Lack of sleep
Once your body absorbs all the hormones, the pellets dissolve on their own. Your provider doesn’t need to remove them.
If you’re interested in learning whether pellet hormone replacement therapy can help you, call Lakeshore Renewal today or schedule an appointment online.