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Hormone pellets are manufactured to be bio-identical to your own body’s hormones. They mostly come from extracts of natural sources e.g. soy, and yam. Using bioidentical hormones is reported to be effective in augmenting levels or replacing what a patient does not make. The hormone is implanted in the subcutaneous skin and releases small, physiologic doses of hormones regulated by a patient’s cardiac output to provide optimal therapy.
One of the reported advantages of hormone pellets over typical oral and transdermal creams or patch forms of therapy — which produce “roller coaster” hormone levels, resulting in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient — Hormone Pellet Therapy is the only method of hormone replacement therapy that provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day for up to 3 to 6 months without any “roller coaster” effect. The pellets have a physiologic pulsatile dosing effect that parallels the patients’ needs based on cardiac output and demands. For instance, during exercise, there is a greater release of the hormone from the pellet which is very similar to what a person’s body would have done naturally from ovaries, adrenals, and testicles.
Pellets consist of estrogen or testosterone and are compounded from a plant source e.g. soy, or yam. The simple, relatively pain-free procedure is done in the office under local anesthesia. These pellets, which are about the size of a grain of rice or “tic-tac”, are placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin around the buttock, hip, or abdominal area through a small incision that requires no sutures or stitches and it just closed with butterfly style bandages.
Since the late 1930s, pellets have been used in humans. There is more data to support the use of pellets than any other method of delivery of hormones. Pellets are not patented and not marketed in the United States. They are frequently used in areas of the world such as Europe and Australia where pharmaceutical companies manufacture hormone pellets.
Most of the research on pellets is out of:
Some of the most exciting data on hormone implants in breast cancer patients are out of the United States showing a reduction in breast cancer incidence in patients doing testosterone pellets.
In studies and even routine patient reporting, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellets are far superior.
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