Pellet Therapy FAQs
By bringing hormone levels back to normal, pellet therapy improves quality of life and promotes mental stability. Among the many advantages of hormone pellet therapy for women is its ability to relieve menopause symptoms and enhance sleep quality. For more information, please feel free to contact us or request an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Chesapeake VA, Alexandria VA, Surf City NC, and Jacksonville NC.
Table of Contents:
1. Is Fasting Required Before an Insertion?
2. What Blood Test Is Required Before the Insertion?
3. What Happens During the In-Office Insertion?
4. What Happens During the Week Following the Insertion?
5. How Often Is Pellet Insertion Necessary?
6. What Happens to Pellets After Insertion?
7. What Is Estrogen?
8. How Do Estrogen Levels Change as We Age?
9. What Is BHRT?
10. What Health Concerns May Estrogen Pellets Be Able to Relieve?
11. What Is Pellet Therapy?
12. How Long Do Pellets Last?
13. What Is the Advantage of Bioidentical Hormones?
14. Is There More Than One Type of Pellet?
15. What Are Estrogen Pellets?
16. What Is Testosterone?
17. What Are Testosterone Pellets?
18. What Health Concerns May Testosterone Pellets Relieve?
19. Who Is BioTE® Medical?
No fasting is required in advance of the insertion.
Certified BioTE providers require extensive lab work while considering a patient’s candidacy for BHRT using pellets. A provider will discuss the results with a patient before moving forward with pellet therapy.
During the in-office visit, which only takes a few minutes, patients are brought into the exam room, and the insertion site is numbed. The most common site of insertion is the upper buttocks. A small incision is then made for pellet insertion. Once the pellet is inserted, the insertion site is covered with a small bandage.
After pellet insertion, it’s best to eliminate lower body exercise. Walking should be fine, but extraneous activity is not recommended. Swimming, hot tubs, and bathtubs are to be avoided; however, showers are permitted. After removal of the bandage, normal activity may resume.
As each patient’s symptoms are unique, so is each patient’s path to hormone optimization. Each pellet therapy is customized to fit a patient’s specific needs.
Since pellets are bioidentical and contain hormones like those produced by the body, they are completely dissolved and absorbed, leaving nothing behind.
Estrogen is a hormone that possesses many functions and occurs in the bodies of both men and women. In women, estrogen is most commonly associated with reproduction—it prompts the menstrual cycle and develops the female body’s secondary sex characteristics. However, in both sexes, estrogen is responsible for many facets of bone health, cholesterol metabolism, and the thickness and collagen content of skin.
In women, estrogen levels are reduced as they get older. Hormone levels in women drop most dramatically during perimenopause (immediately before menopause) and during menopause. In fact, after female menopause, many men may have higher estrogen levels than women. If a woman has had a radical hysterectomy, involving the removal of both ovaries, her estrogen levels may drop significantly, as the ovaries primary responsibility is estrogen production. Although adrenal glands produce some estrogen, as does fat tissue, this is often not enough to effectively balance and maintain women’s hormone levels.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is a form of hormone therapy that has existed in the U.S. States for many decades and uses hormones that are structurally similar to those found within the human body.
Estrogen pellets are primarily used to combat the effects of menopause. Studies have shown, estrogen may also be able to relieve chronically low mood, poor bone density, and improve heart health.
BioTE® Medical provides training on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in the form of subcutaneous pellets. We offer training on two kinds of pellets: both estradiol and testosterone pellets. These pellets are inserted into the upper buttocks area during an in-office visit, after testing has been done to determine the exact quantity of the hormone the patient requires. Every dose is custom created based on a consultation and extensive lab work to ensure that a patient receives the exact concentration of hormones needed.
Bioidentical hormones, such as the ones used in training by BioTE® Medical, work with the chemistry of the body because they replicate the molecular structure of the hormones that normally occur within the body.
Pellets last three to six months depending on gender, weight, absorption rates, and the amount of deficiency or surplus of hormones present within the patient at the time of insertion. Pellets are reinserted between two to four times per year to help keep hormones optimized and balanced.
Bioidentical hormones, such as the ones used in training by BioTE® Medical work with the chemistry of the body because they closely replicate the molecular structure of the hormones that normally occur within the body.
Yes, there are two major pellet therapy types: estrogen pellets and testosterone pellets.
Estrogen pellets are small cylinders that are custom compounded and composed of estradiol, a form of estrogen. Estrogen pellets may relieve emotional, reproductive, and non-reproductive symptoms. The most common administration for estrogen pellets is to address the uncomfortable symptoms of aging in women.
Testosterone is a hormone normally found in both men and women that is responsible for many critical body processes. Testosterone is produced in the testes, as well as ovaries, and deficiencies in it occur as the body ages.
Testosterone pellets are composed of powdered testosterone fused into a pellet using stearic acid as a binding agent. The compounding pharmacies used by certified BioTE providers provide high-quality pellets, with ingredients that are meticulously tested. This testing process gives pharmacists, BioTE providers, and patients confidence in the quality of pellets administered.
Testosterone has been shown to relieve a wide range of reproductive, emotional, and nonreproductive conditions. Some of these include low energy, sexual dysfunction, mood swings, irritability, and many others.
BioTE® Medical provides training on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in the form of subcutaneous pellets. With over 1.7 million insertions performed in the company’s history, we have seen many lives changed with optimized hormones.
For more information, please contact us or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Chesapeake VA, Norfolk VA, Portsmouth VA, Alexandria VA, Hybla Valley, Springfield, Jacksonville NC, Half Moon, Piney Green, Surf City NC, Sloop Point, Holly Ridge, and surrounding areas.