Questions About Hormone Pellet Therapy
If you haven’t made any changes in your lifestyle but are seeing abrupt changes to your body that can’t be explained, then you might be experiencing hormonal changes. Hormone Pellet Therapy is an effective treatment for hormonal imbalances in men and women. Dr. Vanessa Mack is a board certified naturopathic doctor offered specialized and quality treatment. For more information, contact us today at Infinite Wellness Hormone Specialist or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 7373 N Scottsdale Road, Suite B270, Scottsdale, AZ 85253.
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Pellet therapy is a form of bioidentical hormone therapy, using pellets that are inserted underneath the skin’s surface either in the lower abdomen or upper buttocks. The pellets need to be inserted every three to six months and work by slowly releasing bioidentical hormones into the body. The hormone is released in a way that mimics natural hormones, ensuring the body is continuously receiving the bioidentical hormone. Each pellet is unique to the individual receiving the treatment to ensure that the right amount of bioidentical hormone is in the pellet for that person. A pellet is very small, about the size of a grain of rice, and is inserted through a small incision in the skin. The incision is then covered over with sterile tape or dissolving stitches. The doctor providing the treatment will provide you with care instructions for your incision to ensure the incision doesn’t open, which could result in the pellet working its way out. Relief from pellet therapy will typically be experienced by patients anywhere from a few days to a few weeks after the insertion of the pellets; however, in some cases, patients have reported feeling instant relief from the hormone pellet. Pellet therapy is an easy, natural, effective, lasting, and consistent option for bioidentical hormone treatment with a place-it-and-forget-it method that provides patients with a steady dose of hormone that they don’t need to worry about until it is time for a new pellet to be inserted.
As hormones function differently in men and women, there are different symptoms between the two genders of a hormonal imbalance. Despite the differences, there are also symptoms that are the same across both genders. Hormones help to control your mood, body temperature, appetite, and physical and emotional health, regardless of gender. Hormonal imbalances can be caused by age, stress, dieting, and lifestyle, as well as a variety of health conditions such as pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause in women. If you haven’t made any changes in your lifestyle but are seeing abrupt changes to your body that can’t be explained, then you might be experiencing hormonal changes. In men, hormonal changes can show up in the form of mood swings, fatigue, anxiety, depression, weight gain, decreased libido, memory loss or poor memory, muscle loss, joint pain, low immunity, loss of bone density, or low stamina. In women, hormonal changes can appear in the form of hot flashes, fatigue, weight gain, decreased libido, depression, muscle loss, mood swings, memory loss or poor memory, loss of bone density, vaginal dryness, and joint pain, lack of skin elasticity, low stamina, and low immunity.
The cost of hormone therapy will vary depending on the method used. In terms of hormone pellet therapy, the cost will vary based on the number of pellets used in the treatment and how frequently the pellets are being replaced. The use of bioidentical hormone therapy can result in the discontinuation of other medications being used to treat symptoms related to a hormonal imbalance, so while the cost of pellet therapy may seem high upfront, the cost spread out over time can actually be significantly less than what is currently being spent. Your insurance plan may also cover a portion of the cost of hormone pellet therapy, so it is worth checking with your insurance care provider before starting treatment to understand if your insurance will cover it and what your co-pay will be. As hormone pellet therapy becomes more widely available and used for the treatment of hormonal imbalances in men and women, the likelihood of your insurance covering your treatment will increase, and the amount of co-pay you will have to pay out of your pocket will decrease.
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