What are bio-identical hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are identified as those that have the exact chemical structure of hormones that are naturally produced in the body. This allows the hormone to function at its optimum level. Bio-identical hormone replacement pellet therapy is the delivery of hormone replacement via pellet placed under the skin. Data supports this as the safest and most effective method of hormone replacement therapy.
What are pellets?
Pellets are compounded estradiol or testosterone that are made from organic plant materials, which have the exact molecular structure of those hormones found in the body. They are pressed into a solid compound that is about the size of a cooked grain of rice. Using a painless office procedure, they are inserted under the skin in the hip area. The pellets release small amounts of hormone directly into the bloodstream similar to that which the ovaries and testes produced during our younger adult years.
Why pellets over conventional hormone therapies?
Medical literature has shown that pellets deliver a consistent level of hormone into the bloodstream, avoiding the fluctations that occur when using creams, pills or patches. The direct delivery into the bloodstream avoids changes in the liver seen with oral hormone therapy and eliminates production of increased clotting factors. In women, the pellets last 3 to 5 months; in men, 4 to 6 months.
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