Pellets are a great option for men and women who want to optimize their hormones. Sterile pellets are implanted in the soft tissue (fat) of your upper gluteal (buttocks) or abdominal area during a simple office procedure. Each pellet is about the size of a grain of rice. Women typically get 1 to 3 pellets and men typically get 8 to 12 pellets. The dosage and quantity of each pellet depends on your particular needs–it is customized for you.
The pellets contain compressed bio-identical Testosterone (men and women) or Estradiol (women-if needed) that delivers physiologic doses in a steady state–providing consistent delivery of the hormones that your body needs. The sterile pellets dissolve over a period of 3 to 6 months–depending on your body’s needs. At that time, new pellets are inserted. There is no need to remove prior pellets as they dissolve with time. Re-pellets serve to keep your hormone levels optimal.
Bio-identical pellets require a simple office procedure that involves having a small amount of local anesthesia injected. A small incision is then made and the pellets are inserted with specialized sterile equipment. The anesthesia may sting a little but the pellet insertions are typically non painful. After the procedure, it is important to ice the area intermittently over the next 4 to 6 hours. Men are asked to refrain from heavy lifting, bending, squatting or running for 7 days. Women are asked to refrain for 3 days. Your regular daily activities are usually fine during this time. After these time periods you may engage in any activity you desire with no restrictions.
It is best to have no immersion in water for 4 days after a pellet insertion for both men and women. After that, you can swim or use the jacuzzi if desired. Walking, light activity, and showering are fine during the entire time period. Most people find that it is easy to follow these recommendations and they love the freedom that pellets give them. Adhering to these recommendations prevents losing any pellets and eliminates discomfort.
Getting bio-identical hormone pellets can help you to regain your life back–giving you more energy, a better mood, enhanced sleep quality, and usually a better sex drive. The first step is to get your hormones properly evaluated by a bio-identical hormone specialist and then schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options. Bio-identical pellets are simply one option you may wish to try.
The simple office procedure requires a small local anesthetic injection in the insertion area, then a tiny incision is made in the skin. A device called a trocar, is then inserted into the subcutaneous layer beneath the skin. The needle end of the trocar is removed, the pellets are placed into the trocar device and a blunt obturator is inserted into the trocar to gentle advance the pellets down into the insertion tract. Once pellets are placed, the practitioner will typically close the tiny incision site with a simple sterile strip closure and then cover with an adhesive bandage.*