Hormone pellet therapy is a method of replacing hormones. Hormone pellets are implants under the skin that release bioidentical hormones from plants.
Hormone pellet therapy is a treatment for replacing or regulating hormones in males and females, either with forms of estrogen or testosterone or with a combination of hormones. Compounded hormones are a mixture of hormones that a pharmacy or laboratory creates specifically for an individual.
Females may use hormone pellet therapy as a treatment for menopause symptoms. Transgender people may use the treatment to suppress or enhance certain sex characteristics.
What are Hormone Pellets?
Hormone pellets are implants that a healthcare professional inserts under the skin. They release hormones called bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones come from plants and are similar to the hormones that the human body produces.
Hormone pellets often contain a mix of hormones. These are known as compounded bioidentical hormone pellets. Pellet therapy is believed to be safer and more effective than FDA-approved drugs. Bioidentical compounded hormones may include estradiol, estrone, dehydroepiandrosterone, and testosterone. The pellets are about the size of a grain of rice.
What is the Procedure?
A healthcare professional will consider factors such as hormone levels and body mass index (BMI) when working out an appropriate dose of hormones to insert.
To insert hormone pellets, a healthcare professional will numb the skin and make a small incision, usually into the hip area. They will then insert one or more hormone pellets underneath the skin depending on the dosage needed.
They will close the incision with Steri-Strips, a stitch, or both. A person will need to follow the healthcare professional’s instructions after the procedure. Those with Steri-Strips may be able to remove them after 5–7 days.
The pellets provide a constant supply of hormones for about 3 months in women and about 6 months in men, depending on their level of activity.
Providers of hormone pellet therapy suggest that the treatment will provide various benefits. These include:
relieving menopause symptoms
improving low sex drive
improving energy and mood
reducing body fat
protecting against health conditions, such as heart disease and osteoporosis
There may also be advantages of a pellet delivery system, including:
direct absorption of hormones into the bloodstream, avoiding the liver and gastrointestinal system
control over the release of hormones so the body can absorb more or less as and when it needs them
continuous availability of hormones
no need to apply topical creams or gels each day, use patches, or take oral medication
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Article originally posted by medicalnewstoday.com.