Hormone Pellet Therapy - Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy?
While many women use bioidentical hormone therapy to reduce symptoms of hot flashes, memory lapses, sexual dysfunction, lack of sleep, depression, fatigue, this therapy can also reduce vulnerability to age-related diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, cardiovascular disease and other debilitating ailments.
While men may use bioidentical hormone therapy to improve sexual desire and performance, control weight, build muscle mass, and feel more motivated and upbeat, this therapy can also provide critical protection against osteoporosis, heart and prostate disease.
Are the pellets different for women and men?
Yes. The pellets are formulated specifically for women or men to return them to their normal hormonally balanced physiology.
Pellets for women contain bioidentical estrogen and/or a proper level of bioidentical testosterone. Pellets for men contain only bioidentical testosterone.
How are bioidentical hormones different from synthetic hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are biochemically the same as the hormones produced by the human body. They are plant-based, natural substances created from yams to precisely match the molecular structure of hormones that can be metabolized by the body, minimizing side effects. Synthetic hormones are artificially formulated and intentionally manufactured to be slightly different from human hormone in order to be patentable.
How are the pellets administered?
Dr. Stafford will clean the skin over the back of the hip area, numb the area with a local anesthetic, then make a small incision. The pellets are slipped under the skin through the incision. A piece of tape and a pressure dressing are placed over the area. No stitch is required. The procedure takes only a few minutes.
How long do the pellets last?
Pellets for women typically last 3-5 months. Pellets for men typically last 5-6 months. Pellet duration varies by individual and their body's needs. If you are very active, under a lot of stress, or are out in extremely hot weather, your treatment may not last as long. Absorption rate is based on cardiac output.
How will I know when I need more pellets?
Most users report they can tell when they need more pellets based on a decrease in energy levels or return of other symptoms.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects from the hormones may include some hair growth or acne, both of which are very treatable. Mild bruising and/or temporary discomfort at the pellet insertion site may occur.
What labwork is required?
Prior to the pellet procedure, Dr. Stafford will review the results of a blood test done to determine your hormone levels. Another blood draw is usually done about four weeks after the first pellet insertion to see if the dosing used was on target for you.
You will only need to have your hormone levels rechecked about once a year or if there are any significant changes in your health.
Where can I get my labwork done?
You can have your blood drawn in our office for processing, or we can provide you with the necessary paperwork for you to have your labwork done at a laboratory of your choice.
Is Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy covered by insurance
You may wish to check with your insurance company to determine if hormone replacement therapy is covered by your insurance plan. While we are not in network with any insurance providers and do not submit insurance claims, we can provide a superbill which you can submit to your insurance company. Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) can generally be used for payment.