Bio-IdenticalHormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) with pellets is a medical treatment used to restore hormonal balance in the body. This therapy is often prescribed to women who experience hormone decline or imbalance due to aging such as peri-menopause and menopause, medical conditions, or surgical procedures. Pellet therapy involves the insertion of tiny hormone-containing pellets under the skin to deliver a consistent and steady dose of hormones over an extended period. At Lucie Capek MD Plastic Surgery & MedSpa, we use bio-identical hormones, which are hormones that are made from plants and chemically closely mimic the hormones your body naturally produces before menopause. Pellets provide consistent hormone levels without the fluctuations seen in menstrual cycles, or from replacement therapy using hormone creams and pills. Common bio-identical hormones used in pellet therapy include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
BHRT with pellets may benefit women who have symptoms of hormone decline or imbalance related to age or other factors, causing problems that range from wellness issues to serious medical conditions. As hormone levels decline around menopause, women may also feel less like ‘themselves’, which has a negative impact on their quality of life. They may not have the strength or energy they once had, sex may be difficult or uncomfortable, they may gain or lose weight and become more sensitive to heat and cold. All kinds of things can change!
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BHRT with pellets can help alleviate the numerous unpleasant symptoms associated with peri-menopausal and menopausal hormone decline, in additional to mitigating associated health risks.
Studies have shown that benefits may include:
- Relief from hot flashes and night sweats
- Improved mood and mental clarity
- Enhanced energy levels and sense of well-being
- Better sleep quality
- Increased libido and relief from vaginal dryness
- Improved bone density (particularly in postmenopausal women)
- Muscle mass maintenance or gain
- Reduced breast cancer risk
- Heart health protection
- Improvement in insulin resistance
- Decrease in body fat, weight management
Your specific treatment process may vary, but in general it will follow the steps below.
One of our experienced providers will perform a thorough evaluation of your overall health and hormonal health specifically, and discuss your symptoms. They will determine if BHRT pellet therapy is appropriate for you and discuss next steps, including a blood draw, to evaluate your hormone levels.
The dosage of hormones delivered via pellets is tailored to each individual’s unique hormonal needs. Hormone levels are assessed through blood tests and symptoms to determine the appropriate hormone balance. Your blood draw will be done comfortably right in our office by one of our providers or nurses. The blood samples are sent to LabCorp for evaluation.
During a simple in-office procedure, tiny hormone pellets are placed just beneath the skin, typically in the upper buttock area. Local anesthesia is used to minimize discomfort.
Over time, the pellets gradually release hormones into the bloodstream. The release is continuous, mimicking the body’s natural hormone production and avoiding big fluctuations. Steady hormone levels relieve symptoms more consistently over time.
Your provider will monitor your hormone levels and adjust the therapy as needed to maintain optimal hormone balance. Pellets typically need to be replaced every 3-4 months.
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Pellet therapy provides a steady release of hormones, avoiding the fluctuations often associated with other BHRT methods.
Pellets typically need to be replaced every 3-4 months, unlike creams or pills that need to be used daily.
There are various health benefits you may experience, including but not limited to muscle mass maintenance or gain, reduced breast cancer risk, heart health protection, improvement in insulin resistance, and a decrease in body fat and weight management.
Steady hormonal balance can lead to improved energy, mood, and overall well-being
While BHRT pellet therapy is generally safe and effective, it’s essential to consider potential risks and side effects. Discuss these with your healthcare provider. Contraindications, or situations where pellet therapy may not be advisable, include certain medical conditions like active breast cancer, pregnancy, or severe cardiac issues.
If you believe you may benefit from pellet therapy, give our office a call at (518)786-1700 to set up a consultation to discuss your options and address any questions or concerns you may have. You can also fill out our online form.
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