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What Are the Pros and Cons of Pellet Hormone Replacement Therapy?


Published May 29, 2019

If you are experiencing menopause, andropause, or a hormonal imbalance, you know that hormones can have a profound impact on your physical and emotional health. What’s more, you probably already recognize the potential value of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to replenish your hormone levels and regulate your body. Today, there are more choices than ever before when it comes to HRT, and treatments such as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can significantly minimize or even eliminate many of the symptoms related to hormonal changes. But even if you know hormone therapy is the best option to address your discomfort, you may struggle to choose the best administration method.

In recent years, hormone replacement pellet therapy has become an increasingly popular option for both men and women seeking to re-establish their sense of wellbeing. So how do you know if pellet therapy is right for you? By exploring the pros and cons of this innovative treatment method, you can gain the insight you need to make an informed choice and take the next step toward wellness.

What Are Hormone Pellets?

Hormone replacement therapy has been used for almost a century to provide relief from hormone-related symptoms and improve quality of life. During that time, both the medications and the administration methods used to deliver them have evolved to better meet the needs of patients. For many, hormone pellets are the most exciting method to date.

Pellet therapy administers hormones via small pellets implanted under the skin, typically in your hip or lower abdominal wall. These pellets measure only 3mm by 9mm—about the size of a grain of rice—and contain custom hormone preparations that are gradually metabolized by your body over the course of three to six months. How many pellets you need and how often they need to be replaced depends on your personal symptoms and hormone levels. The number of pellets does not affect the size of the wound. Implantation is performed in your doctor’s office, usually under local anesthesia, and is painless for most patients. Significantly, pellets do not have to be removed, as they dissolve in your body.

What are the Pros and Cons of Hormone Replacement Pellet Therapy?

If you’re wondering if hormone pellets are right for you, it is important to consider the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy vs. other administration methods.

Pros

Cons

While the cons outweigh the pros for some, data suggests that patients who choose hormone pellets tend to be more satisfied with their treatment and experience fewer side effects than patients who choose other methods. For example, in one study on men taking testosterone therapy, over 95% of patients using pellets for 6-12 months reported being satisfied with their treatment compared to 75.2% of those using injections and 62.5% of those using testosterone gel. These results are remarkable and suggest that the benefits of hormone pellets drastically overshadow any drawbacks for most patients.

Who Is a Candidate for Pellet Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Virtually anyone who is a candidate for hormone replacement therapy is a candidate for pellets. However, this administration method may be particularly suitable for patients with busy lifestyles who want to avoid adding “take hormones” to their packed daily schedule. It may also be ideal for those who have trouble remembering to take daily medication. Patients who travel often especially find it more convenient.

When Will I See Results?

Some people begin to notice an improvement in symptoms a few days after implantation. Others take a few weeks to see effects. If you are not experiencing the effects you expected, follow up with your health care practitioner. They will be able to make any adjustments necessary to optimize your results and give you the support you need to feel your best.

How Do I Start?

If you are thinking about starting hormone replacement pellet therapy or any other kind of HRT, it’s important to seek out a practitioner with the training and experience necessary to provide the best treatment. Practitioners like those within the BodyLogicMD network will address any concerns you have, take the time to understand your symptoms, and offer comprehensive hormone testing to gain greater insight into your needs. They will then craft a treatment plan that is customized for you and offers the ongoing monitoring and guidance necessary to give you the results you’re looking for.

Hormone fluctuations and imbalances can be disruptive and uncomfortable. But with the right care, you can find lasting relief from hormone-related symptoms and live life to its fullest.

Want to know more about hormone replacement pellet therapy? BodyLogicMD can help. The practitioners within the BodyLogicMD network are among the top medical professionals in the country and specially certified to help you address hormonal issues using the best treatment methods available so that you can experience the life you deserve. Get started on a custom treatment plan designed to fit your lifestyle and help you reach optimal wellness—contact a local practitioner to schedule your first appointment, or take the BodyLogicMD Hormone Balance Quiz today.

 

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All content on this website is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases.

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