Hormone pellets in Arizona are used for hormone replacement and are comprised of either estradiol or testosterone. The hormones are pressed or fused into very small solid cylinders. These pellets are larger than a grain of rice and smaller than a ‘Tic Tac’.
1. Why are hormone pellets in Arizona optimal for hormone replacement?
Pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3-6 months, depending on the dosage. They avoid the fluctuations of hormone levels seen with every other method of delivery. It is the fluctuation in hormones that causes many of the unwanted side effects and symptoms a patient experiences. Pellets do not increase the risk of blood clots like conventional hormone replacement therapy.
When compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellets have been shown to be superior for relief of menopausal symptoms, maintenance of bone density, restoration of sleep patterns, improvement in sex drive, libido, sexual response, and performance. Even patients who have failed other types of hormone therapy have a very high success rate with pellets. In addition, there is no other method of hormone delivery that is as convenient for the patient.
2. How and where do you insert pellets?
The insertion of pellets is a simple, relatively painless procedure done under local anesthesia. The hormone pellets in Arizona are usually inserted in the lower abdominal wall or hip through a small incision which is taped closed. Experience of the health care professional counts; not only in placing the pellets but in determining the correct dosage of hormones to be used.
3. What can I expect after pellet insertion?
After pellets are inserted, patients may notice that they have more energy, sleep better and feel happier. Muscle mass and bone density will increase while fatty tissue decreases. Patients may notice increased strength, coordination and physical performance. They may see an improvement in skin tone and hair texture. Concentration and memory may improve as will overall physical and sexual health.
4. How long do the pellets last?
Hormone pellets in Arizona typically last between 3 and 5 months in women and 5-6 months in men. High levels of stress, physical activity, some medications and lack of sleep may increase the rate at which the pellet absorb and may require that pellets are inserted sooner in some patients. The pellets do not need to be removed. They completely dissolve on their own.
5. Do men need hormone replacement?
Testosterone levels begin to decline in men beginning in their 30’s. Most men maintain adequate levels of testosterone into their mid 40’s to mid 50’s, some into their late 70’s early 80’s. Men should be tested when they begin to show signs of testosterone deficiency.
6. Do I have to be in menopause to benefit from pellets?
Hormone therapy with pellets is not just used for menopause. Women at any age may experience hormone imbalance. Levels decline or fluctuate contributing to debilitating symptoms. Pellets are useful in severe PMS, postpartum depression, menstrual or migraine headaches, and sleeping disorders. Hormone pellets in Arizona may also be used to treat hormone deficiencies caused by the birth control pill.
7. How are the hormones monitored during therapy?
Hormone levels will be drawn and evaluated before therapy is started. Levels will be reevaluated during hormone therapy at 4-6 weeks and again in 3-5 months. After the first years of therapy hormones levels are followed less frequently. The PSA in men is followed every 6-12 months.
If you would like more information regarding hormone pellets in Arizona – or would like to know if they are right for you – call our office today to schedule a consultation.