Hormone pellet therapy (also known as natural hormone therapy) is a procedure that involves the insertion of bioidentical hormones in the form of tiny pellets underneath the skin. It is a painless procedure. Hormone pellet therapy is conducted below the skin of the lateral buttocks. Bioidentical hormones are extracted from plants. Hormone pellet therapy is often used to treat symptoms of menopause.
All of the hormones within the tiny pellets are bioidentical, which means that they are a precise molecular matchup to human hormones. The hormones are comprised of either testosterone or estradiol (which is the most essential female estrogen for humans).
The pellets are put together and made with the use of soybeans. These pellets are either completely testosterone or completely estradiol. There is also a minute amount of stearic acid. They dissolve entirely below the skin over a period of approximately three to six months. Though made from soybeans, it is uncommon that a person who is sensitive to soy would have issues tolerating them.
Hormone pellet therapy is commonly used to treat and manage symptoms that are associated with both menopause and perimenopause (the years that come before menopause). These symptoms include mood swings, irritability, hot flashes, night sweating, heart palpitations and vaginal dryness.
The placement of these small pellets inside of the body could be compared in some ways to inserting new ovaries into the body, as the function of the pellets is like the former function of the ovaries. These pellets gradually emit hormones into the bloodstream, similar to how the ovaries did before.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone pellet therapy is an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Females who opt to use subcutaneous hormone replacement over traditional types of hormone replacement therapy often do so out of dissatisfaction with the latter, or out of fear of harmful complications such as heart attack and risk of breast cancer. Both of these complications are unlikely with hormone pellet therapy.