After having your hormones tested to confirm that your symptoms are due to hormonal imbalances, most likely you will be prescribed bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormones are extracted from plants and modified to be identical to human hormones. These natural compounds are prepared in pharmacies called compounding pharmacies. Compounding pharmacies prepare medicines that aren’t synthesized by pharmaceutical companies.
There are several forms of hormone replacement therapy, such as pellets, creams, capsules, drops, patches, injections, and any of a variety of other dosing options. Hormone pellets have many advantages over other dosing options. For one, the hormone is delivered continuously at a steady rate. This means there are no hot flashes or other symptoms caused by fluctuations in the hormone blood level. Another advantage is the patient doesn’t have to do anything! No trying to remember to take a pill, no need to change patches or try to remember to apply a cream at a particular time. It delivers the dose steadily, all by itself, day and night.
Insertion of the pellets is less painful than getting an injection. The area is numbed with a cream and the pellet is slipped under the subcutaneous fat. The pellets usually last for up to 6 months before needing to be replaced. On the off-chance the patient desires the hormones to be stopped, the pellet can easily be retrieved.
Pellets also seem to be the most effective way to deliver hormones that improve bone density. Scientific studies comparing hormones taken as pills to hormones taken as pellets found that the pellets had a more beneficial effect on bone density than the pills. The continuous steady level of hormones produced by pellets seem to improve the efficacy of the hormones in improving quality of life and reducing symptoms of aging as compared to dosing methods that result in fluctuating levels of hormones.
After inserting your pellets, your physician will regularly check that your hormone levels are appropriate. This is done by a simple blood test, and of course asking you about your symptoms- have they gone away? If your dosage needs adjustment, it is easy to add or remove more pellets. Treatment couldn’t get any easier than this.
If you have ever wondered about your hormone balance, and if it is causing your discomfortable symptoms, take our quick online test and our specialists can help determine if you are suffering from hormonal imbalance.