FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
WHAT IS SUBCUTANEOUS HORMONE PELLET THERAPY?
One of the most superior ways to deliver sex hormones into the body is with Hormone Pellet Therapy. Small rice-sized Hormone Pellets are easily and painlessly placed under the skin in a simple in-office procedure.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND ADVANTAGES OF HORMONE PELLET THERAPY?
BHRT can help with many signs and symptoms associated with menopause, perimenopause, low testosterone, and aging. With Hormone Pellet Therapy, the relief of symptoms can be extremely profound because of the quick and constant hormone delivery the body experiences. Very often, patients have experienced the inconsistencies associated with creams, gels, patches and oral hormones, without complete relief. Hormone Pellet Therapy often quickly changes that.
HOW IS PELLET HORMONE THERAPY DIFFERENT AT THE HORMONE ZONE?
Hormone Pellet Therapy is often used by physicians and other “pellet practices” to treat sex hormone deficiencies without considering a comprehensive and global view of ALL the hormone systems, such as optimal thyroid balancing, adrenal health and the hormonal effects of the stress response, insulin and blood sugar control and weight management, and the powerfully effective Human Growth Hormone for anti-aging. At The Hormone Zone, we consider how all of your various hormones interact and influence the other, leading to the best outcomes and results for Hormone Pellet Therapy.
HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DOES THE HORMONE ZONE HAVE AT EMPLOYING HORMONE PELLET THERAPY?
This is a key question to ask for anyone considering Hormone Pellet Therapy. Dr. Robinson has been using Hormone Pellet Therapy since 2006 and has had extensive training during medical school, interning with the late Gino Tutera, MD, FACOG, a past pioneer in Hormone Pellet Therapy, ultimately working by his side for nine years. Dr. Robinson has treated thousands of patients with this therapy and believes it to be a superior way to deliver sex hormones for men and women. Dr. Bosch has also been effectively using pellets for over seven years and has benefited from the guidance of Dr. Robinson since they have joined forces at The Hormone Zone.
HOW ARE THE PELLETS PLACED?
In a simple minor surgery procedure, an area on the side of your hip will be anesthetized and a small incision is made, allowing a small instrument called a trochar to be placed. The pellets are then painlessly inserted through the trochar and the incision is closed with steri-strips. The whole procedure takes about 5 minutes.
HOW DOES THE BODY USE THE PELLETS ONCE THEY ARE PLACED?
The pellets quickly become surrounded by blood vessels and the pellets will slowly dissolve based on cardiovascular demand (blood flow). As blood flows across the pellets, your body will gradually receive hormones. If you are exercising or have more stress to the system, the body will naturally deliver more hormones to meet the demand, all based on blood flow.
DOES THE BODY JUST “USE THE PELLETS AS IT NEEDS IT”?
No, and yes. This is a common marketing concept seen at various pellet practices, and there is truth to the statement, but it is not completely accurate. If the pellets are placed, the body will use it based on the flow of blood, and this generally is a very good thing. However, if the DOSE is either too much or too little, then this concept quickly breaks down. The body could still get too much or too little based on dosing. This is where an experienced physician who is considering multiple factors, including all other hormones, is so important. With the correct dose, your body will use the pellets as it needs it until the pellets gradually dissolve.
HOW LONG DO THE PELLETS LAST?
Typically pellets will last between 3 to 6 months. The timeframe is very individualized and is based on personal metabolic rate, exercise frequency, and stress. For women, the average time frame is about 4 months. For men, the average time frame is about 5 months. But again, everyone is different. Eventually, the pellets completely dissolve under the skin.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO PELLET HORMONE THERAPY?
Any type of hormone therapy or medical procedure has the possibility of side effects. With Hormone Pellets, pain and irritation at the insertion site is possible, including the very rare possibility of infection. Your Hormone Zone physician will be very up front about the risks associated with Hormone Pellet Therapy. Please note that if any other physician using pellets or a “pellet practice” is not up front about the possibility of side effects, this should stand as a red flag.