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As we age, often times important hormone levels drop as well.  At Contemporary Health Center, we are committed to providing relief for men and women suffering from symptoms of hormone deficiency.  With a free consultation and a simple blood test, Dr. Bloy can help you determine if this treatment is right for you.

We are finding great success for our patients with this time-tested process, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Pellet Therapy. Utilizing a quick, simple, painless in-office procedure, performed with a local anesthetic, tiny pellets are inserted under the skin allowing the medication to be absorbed over the next 4 to 6 months.

The results are exceptional and many times, more economical than other treatments.  Men and women are experiencing better sleep, clearer thinking and more energy in general.  They are enjoying an increase in libido, a reduction in “hot flashes” for women and one of the best results, weight loss!

Call Us Today at 239.333.3345 and Get $50 Off Your First-Time Pellet Therapy!

Testimonial

I just want to send a quick note to let you know my experience with the hormone pellets.

Prior to getting them, I was on a couple different medicines which did not work very well. I used to go to sleep very cold and wake up in a sweaty hot flash. Then I would get cold and start the process all over again. I had low energy and was very uncomfortable.

After receiving my first injection, my life changed for the better. I no longer have any symptoms that I used to have every day!!! They changed my life. I am able to sleep which makes my life so much better in addition to not sweating like crazy on a daily basis! I am a much happier and comfortable person now.

I would (and have) recommend them to everyone.

Thank you,

Kolleen S.

FAQs

What Are Pellets?

Hormone Replacement Pellets are made of either estradiol or testosterone. Naturally derived from soybeans, these hormones are identical to those produced by our bodies. Hormones are pressed into small, solid pellets larger than a grain of rice, but smaller than a Tic-Tac. These pellets are made by pharmacists and delivered to our office in sterile glass vials. Being made of natural compounds, pellets are completely absorbed by the body.

Why Are Pellets the Best Choice for Hormone Therapy?

Unlike creams, pills, and patches, pellets deliver more consistent and healthy levels of hormones into the body. Pellets are absorbed over the course of 3-5 months for women, and over the course of 4-6 months for men. Pellets are ideal because they avoid the delivery fluctuations experienced with other hormone delivery systems.

Additionally, these natural hormones don’t increase the risk of blood clots in the same way as synthetic hormones. Pellet therapy maintains an extremely high success rate, even for patients who have tried other systems of hormone therapy with little or no results.

What Are the Effects of Pellet Therapy?

Estrogen pellets help to maintain your body’s ideal ratio of estradiol to estrogen. This not only regulates your mood and restores your sleep patterns, estradiol pellets can also relieve menopausal symptoms, improve sexual drive and performance, and even help to maintain ideal bone density.

Testosterone pellets are used in both men and women, and will increase your lean body mass (strengthening muscles and bone density) and decreases your fat mass. For women, testosterone pellets have been shown to treat migraines, menstrual headaches, incontinence, vaginal dryness, and urinary urgency.

The most common response from our patients about pellet therapy is that it has restored their quality of life. With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, both men and women may experience the following benefits:

  • Decreased Body Fat
  • Increased Muscle Strength and Endurance
  • Restored or Increased Sex Drive
  • Relief from Depression and Anxiety
  • Increased Energy Levels
  • Greater Focus and Mental Clarity
  • Relief from Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, and Insomnia

How Are Hormones Measured Before and During Therapy?

Before hormone pellets are administered, we’ll draw your blood and send it to the lab for analysis. This will allow us to establish baseline hormone levels in your system. We can then determine the optimal hormone dose on an individual basis.

For women, we will measure testosterone, free testosterone, estradiol, and follicle-stimulating hormone. Levels of thyroid hormone may also be checked.

For men, testosterone, prostate specific antigen, estradiol, blood count, and liver profile levels will all be checked.

When Is the Best Time to Have My Hormone Levels Checked?

For men, testosterone levels are highest in the morning. So it’s best to have your levels checked earlier in the day. For women, levels are more consistent throughout the day so they may be checked at any time. If you are still having your period, hormone levels should be checked a week prior to, or after your period.

Do I Need a Blood Test Every Time?

No. After your ideal hormone levels are determined and pellets are administered, your levels will need to be checked again after one month.

How and Where Are Pellets Inserted?

The pellet therapy procedure is simple, quick, and painless. After administering a local anesthetic, pellets are inserted usually in the upper hip area through a tiny incision. Following the insertion, we’ll put a Band-Aid on the incision are and send you on your way.

How Long After Insertion Will I Begin to Feel Better?

Many patients begin feeling positive effects as soon as 24-48 hours following insertion. For other patients, results may be felt in a week or two. While hormone balance plays a key role in achieving optimal health, proper diet, regular exercise, and stress management are also important.

How Long Do Pellets Last?

Because they’re made of only natural compounds, pellets will be completely absorbed by your body. This means there will be no residue, no bumps, and no sign of them at the injection site. For women, pellets will last between 3 and 4 months. While for men, pellets last for 4 to 6 months.

Occasionally, a booster pellet could be inserted, if necessary. This is sometimes needed due to differences in activity level, stress level, your body’s own hormone depletion, and individual metabolism from patient to patient. This is the reason we’ll measure your hormone levels again after one month from your original pellet insertion.

Is Menopause the Only Indication for Pellet Therapy in Women?

Though it’s a common misconception, pellet therapy isn’t only for women experiencing menopause. Women may begin to experience hormone imbalance at any age. Hormone levels can decline or fluctuate, resulting in sometimes debilitating symptoms. Pellets are ideal for severe PMS, postpartum depression, sleeping disorders, migraines, or menstrual headaches as well as menopause. Pellet therapy could even treat testosterone deficiency caused by birth control pills.

Is Estrogen Still Important Even After Menopause?

Dr. Bloy believes that women should continue pellet therapy as long as they would like. Benefits experienced from pellet therapy will continue as long as the treatment does. Additionally, estrogen is vital to protecting against osteoporosis and premature loss of teeth. Estrogen could possibly reduce the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Can Men Benefit from Hormone Therapy?

Yes! Testosterone levels begin to decline for men in their early thirties. By age 45, or before, testosterone levels in most men are low enough that they would benefit from pellet therapy. Regardless of age, however, you should have your hormone levels checked if you show any signs of hormone deficiency:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Bone Loss
  • Mental Decline
  • Difficulty Sleeping

Will Hormone Therapy Help with My Headaches?

Yes! Estrogen pellet therapy has shown great success in dramatically reducing hormone-related migraines and headaches.

Can Hormone Therapy Help Restore My Libido?

If you’re experiencing low libido, sexual dysfunction, pain during intercourse, or lack of sexual desire, these could all be signs of hormone deficiency. Achieving optimal hormone balance can restore your quality of life by greatly improving sexual function, interest, and enjoyment.

How Do Hormone Levels Affect Hair Loss?

A common cause of hair loss is suboptimal hormone levels. Pellet therapy can absolutely help to re-grow hair.

Is Pellet Therapy Covered by Insurance?

Usually, pellet therapy is not covered by health insurance. While other forms of hormone therapy are covered by some insurance companies, pellets are excluded. Because hormone pellets aren’t produced by large, conglomerate pharmaceutical corporations, there isn’t any pressure being put on insurance companies to cover pellet therapy. When copays and deductibles are factored in, most of our patients find pellet therapy to be affordable despite the fact it isn’t covered by insurance. Receiving superior treatment is worth the investment.

Are There Any Adverse Side Effects from Pellet Therapy?

Unlike other, less-effective forms of hormone therapy, there are very few side effects to pellet therapy. Even still, those side effects are transient. You may experience temporary breast discomfort, nipple tenderness, or bloating. Very rarely, a pellet insertion site could become inflamed or come out. Most patients, however, only experience minor bruising at the insertion site.

Because hormone receptors are very sensitive, you may also experience a temporary water weight gain, but it will resolve on its own. Some women (who still have their uterus) will see a return of some menstrual-type bleeding, but this bleeding is easily managed by adjusting the dosage of pellets.

With testosterone pellets, women may see increased or darker hair growth, or mild acne, but these are easily managed. Additionally, in men, testosterone stimulates bone marrow and increases production of red blood cells. if hemoglobin and blood count get too high, a unit of blood may be donated.

As with any product or procedure, it’s important that you let Dr. Bloy know about any side effects you might be experiencing during the brief hormone balancing process.

Is There Any Recovery or Downtime After Pellet Insertion?

After pellet insertion, any vigorous physical activity should be avoided for 48 hours in women, and for up to 5-7 days in men. Early physical activity can be a cause for pellet “extrusion,” the pellet working its way out of the insertion site. Though it may be inconvenient, this activity rest only occurs 3-4 times per year.