Hormone Pellet Insertion: The Complete Guide

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Wave Goodbye to Hormone Decline with Pellet Therapy

Hormone pellet insertion is a medical procedure where small pellets containing hormones are placed under the skin to help regulate hormone levels in the body. This method is often used for treating conditions like hormone imbalances or menopause symptoms.

Declining hormone levels can zap our energy, libido, and overall sense of wellbeing as we age. But thanks to an innovative treatment called hormone pellet therapy, it’s possible to replenish waning hormones for a vibrant, youthful spirit at any age.

Hormone pellets deliver bioidentical hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone directly into your body for steady, consistent relief from uncomfortable symptoms. 

Read on to discover how this long-lasting, FDA-approved therapy can help you look and feel your best.

What are Hormone Pellets and How Do They Work?

Hormone pellets are tiny rods, about the size of a grain of rice, that contain bioidentical forms of hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. Made from yams and soy, bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to those produced naturally in the body.

During a quick and virtually painless office procedure, the pellets are inserted under your skin through a tiny incision. They then dissolve slowly over several months, delivering a steady stream of hormones directly into your bloodstream.

This avoids the fluctuations in hormone levels caused by pills, patches, gels and creams. The sustained-release pellets keep your hormone levels balanced 24/7, restoring your vitality for months at a time.

Discover the power of hormone pellets for balanced hormones and renewed vitality with Allure Medical’s expert pellet therapy

Who is a Good Candidate for Hormone Pellet Therapy?

If you suffer from symptoms caused by declining hormones, hormone pellets could give you the relief you’ve been looking for. This innovative therapy is an ideal option for both women and men experiencing:

  • Hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism
  • Loss of muscle tone and strength
  • Depression, anxiety, and mood swings
  • Brain fog and memory lapses
  • Low libido and sexual dysfunction
  • Fatigue and lack of motivation
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Osteoporosis and bone loss

Hormone pellets can also help younger women with premature ovarian failure or those who’ve had a hysterectomy or oophorectomy and are experiencing menopausal symptoms as a result.

Men suffering from symptoms of andropause (the male version of menopause) are also excellent candidates for hormone pellet therapy. This includes men dealing with declining testosterone levels related to aging.

How Are the Hormone Pellets Inserted?

Inserting hormone pellets is a simple, relatively painless procedure that takes just 10-15 minutes in your doctor’s office. It’s performed under local anesthesia, so you remain comfortable throughout. Here’s a step-by-step overview:

  1. The physician sterilizes the insertion site, usually the hip/buttock area or lower abdomen. They apply a numbing medication to make the area completely pain-free.
  2. Using a small scalpel, a tiny incision just under 5 millimeters long will be made. For men, the incision may be slightly larger at 10 millimeters.
  3. The hormone pellets will be inserted one by one under the skin using a thin sterile applicator. The number of pellets used depends on your hormone levels and treatment plan.
  4. Once the pellets are in position, your physician may apply steri-strips or a single stitch to close the incision, and cover it with a protective bandage.

You’re ready to go home and resume normal activities immediately after the quick and easy insertion process. The pellets begin releasing hormones into your system within 24 hours so you can start feeling better fast.

What Can I Expect During and After Pellet Insertion?

The insertion process itself takes less than 15 minutes and most patients report little or no pain. You remain awake and alert throughout, and can drive yourself home after.

Some residual soreness or minor bruising may develop at the incision site after the process which usually resolves within a day or two. Applying ice packs as needed helps reduce swelling and discomfort.

It’s best to avoid immersing the insertion area in water for 2-3 days post-procedure. Your doctor will provide instructions on wound care and activity restrictions to follow.

Many patients note an almost immediate improvement in their symptoms and overall well being after starting pellet therapy. However, the full effects tend to build over the first few weeks as your hormone levels stabilize.

Embrace a brighter future with Allure Medical’s hormone pellet therapy, offering quick relief and long-lasting results for your symptoms

What are the Benefits of Hormone Pellet Therapy?

Unlike oral and topical hormone replacement therapies, pellets deliver hormones directly into your bloodstream for steady, consistent relief around the clock. Benefits include:

  • Improved mood, focus and sense of wellbeing
  • Elimination of hot flashes and night sweats
  • Restored libido and sexual performance
  • Increased muscle mass and strength
  • Sharper mental clarity and concentration
  • More energy for everyday activities
  • Reduced anxiety and irritability
  • Enhanced sleep quality and duration
  • Weight loss and healthier body composition
  • Stronger bones and reduced fracture risk
  • Smoother, more youthful and vibrant skin

The sustained hormone release avoids the spikes and dips caused by pills, patches and gels. Pellets typically last 3-6 months, so you don’t have to apply creams or remember to take pills daily. Just one or two quick and easy insertions a year is all it takes to maintain optimal hormone levels.

Many patients report feeling 10 or even 20 years younger after starting pellet hormone therapy. When your hormones are balanced and circulating at ideal levels, you simply look and feel better.

What Conditions are Treated with Hormone Pellet Therapy?

Hormone pellet therapy is highly effective at treating a wide array of conditions and troubling symptoms related to aging and hormone decline. It can alleviate bothersome issues associated with female and male menopause, including:

SymptomsFor WomenFor Men
Hot flashes, night sweatsX
Vaginal drynessX
Painful intercourseX
Urinary urgency or incontinenceX
Mood disorders, such as anxiety, irritability and depressionXX
Difficulty concentrating and memory lapsesXX
Weight gainX
Muscle loss and feeling physically weakerXX
Loss of skin elasticity and toneX
Thinning hair and brittle nailsX
Loss of muscle and lean body massX
Increased body fat, especially around the abdomenX
Lack of energy and enduranceX
Emotional changes like depression or irritabilityX
Cloudy thinking and poor memoryX
Reduced strength and physical agilityX
Loss of interest in work and hobbiesX
Disinterest in sex, erectile dysfunctionX
Sleep disturbances and insomniaX
Prostate symptomsX

Both women and men can realize tremendous benefits from correcting their hormone imbalances with pellet therapy. It offers a safe, effective way to get your hormones circulating at their peak levels again.

What are the Potential Side Effects?

Hormone pellets have an excellent safety profile with minimal risks. However, as with any medication, potential adverse effects can occur in some cases. These include:

  • Discomfort, bruising, bleeding or infection at the insertion site
  • Expulsion of the pellets in rare cases
  • Acne breakouts
  • Facial hair growth in women
  • Temporary fluid retention
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Increased red blood cell production

To minimize complications, follow your physician’s aftercare guidelines carefully after pellet insertion. Alert them promptly about any concerning symptoms you experience.

With proper monitoring and hormone dosing, most patients experience excellent symptom relief with minimal side effects from the pellets. The benefits far outweigh any potential risks for the vast majority of people.

What Do They Test for with Hormone Pellet Therapy?

Reputable physicians like those at Allure Medical will order blood work and other tests to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for pellet therapy. They’ll also monitor your progress to ensure optimal treatment outcomes.

Initial testing often includes the following:

  • Estradiol – A key estrogen hormone
  • Testosterone
  • SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) – Binds to sex hormones
  • Complete metabolic panel – Measures glucose, liver and kidney function
  • Lipid profile – Cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Hemoglobin A1C – Average blood sugar

Your physician will also discuss your symptoms in depth, perform a physical exam, and take your health history into account. For women, a pelvic ultrasound may be ordered to check reproductive organ health.

Follow-up bloodwork is typically done around 6 weeks after starting pellet therapy, and periodically thereafter to ensure your hormone levels remain balanced. Your doctor may adjust your pellet dosage over time based on your lab results and symptom response.

Begin your journey to hormone balance with Allure Medical’s thorough testing and personalized treatment plans tailored to your needs

Why Choose Allure Medical for Pellet Hormone Therapy?

Allure Medical has decades of experience providing cutting-edge hormone therapies to help patients look and feel their absolute best. We take an integrative, comprehensive approach focused on your individual needs.

Our board-certified medical providers specialize in bioidentical hormone replacement therapies, including hormone pellet insertion. You’ll benefit from state-of-the-art procedures in a welcoming, comfortable setting.

Allure Medical also offers a variety of other services including:

  • Medical Spa Treatments – Botox, dermal fillers, laser skin rejuvenation, PRP hair restoration
  • Weight Loss – Semaglutide injections, fat reduction treatments
  • Body Contouring – EmSculpt muscle toning, CoolSculpting, Zerona body slimming

Whether you’re a man or woman, optimal hormone levels are essential to looking and feeling your youthful best. Take charge of your health and schedule a consultation at Allure Medical to see if hormone pellet therapy is right for you!

Book an appointment today to learn more and get started on your journey towards renewed vitality and wellness.

Charles Mok

Dr. Charles Mok

About Charles Mok

Dr. Charles Mok received his medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago, Illinois in 1989. He completed his medical residency at Mount Clemens General Hospital, Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He has worked with laser manufacturing companies to improve their technologies; he has performed clinical research studies and has taught physicians from numerous other states. His professionalism and personal attention to detail have contributed to the success of one of the first medical spas in Michigan.

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