If youâve heard of Suzanne Somers, you have probably heard about hormone pellet therapy. Suzanne Somers has authored two best selling books, The Sexy Years and Ageless, where she describes the symptoms of menopause as the Seven Dwarfs of Menopause â Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful, and All Dried Up. Hormone therapy pellets can be a solution to the side effects of menopause and perimenopause.
What is hormone pellet therapy?
Hormone pellet therapy pelletsÂ are made up of bioidentical hormones that are pressed into small pellets, containing aÂ natural plant source ofÂ hormones. A compounding pharmacist, using strict federal guidelines, compounds the hormones used in the pellets. These pellets, which are smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue beneath the skin.
Bioidentical hormones are used in the pellets. Bioidentical, natural hormones are hormones that have the same biochemical structure to those produced by the human body. These hormones are plant derived, natural hormones that are then chemically changed to mirror human hormones and usually consist of estradiol, the most important of the three female human estrogens and testosterone. While itâs surprising to think that a woman might need testosterone, perimenopausal women and post-menopausal women usually need some of both. Testosterone levels are usually around 5-10% that of a man. Testosterone helps with a number of menopausal issues including libido, mood swings, and bone density. Women who still have a uterus must also receive progesterone supplementation to prevent build up of the uterine lining.
Pellet hormone therapy insertion
Hormone pellet therapy requires the insertion of pellets in the doctors office. Insertion is a simple in-office procedure done under local anesthesia. The pellets are inserted under the fatty lining of skin, either in the lower abdomen or the upper buttocks through a very small incision. The incision is then closed with surgical glue or sterile-tape strips. Wound healing takes between five and seven days, a period of time in which the patient is required to avoid tub bathing and vigorous physical activity.
It is recommended that before hormone pellet insertion, a complete physical workup be completed including a breast exam, mammogram, Pap smear and pelvic exam.
How does Bioidentical hormone pellets therapy work?
Bioidentical hormone pellets deliver consistent levels of hormones for 3-4 months. Because the release of hormones into the blood stream is slow and steady, it closely mimics the actions of healthy ovaries, so you wonât experience the roller coaster effect of other hormone replacement therapy. The pelletsÂ dissolve completely under the skin with no residual Â over a 3-6 month period.
When compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellet hormone therapy has been shown to be extremely effective for relief of menopausal symptoms, maintenance of bone density, restoration of sleep patterns, relief of depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, vaginal dryness and many other symptoms of menopause.
Hormone pellet therapy side effects
There are no known serious side effects. As with any bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, some mild side effects can occur. Possible hormone pellet therapy side effects include unwanted hair growth, acne, breast tenderness and mild water retention. In these cases, your doctor can make adjustments to your treatment.