Hormone Pellet Therapy for Women in Scottsdale, AZ
Discover the benefits of Hormone Pellet Therapy for women by visiting us at Infinite Wellness Hormone Specialists. Dr. Vanessa Mack (Dean) is more than happy to answer all your queries about the procedure and its outcome. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. Our clinic is conveniently located at 7373 N Scottsdale Road, Suite B270, Scottsdale, AZ 85253.
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Hormone pellet therapy for women is a treatment that uses a pellet containing bio-identical hormones, placed under the skin, that lasts between three and five months for most patients. The pellets are made from compounded estrogen (estradiol) and testosterone made from organic plant materials and identical in molecular structure to those hormones found in the body. In many cases, your doctor will also prescribe bioidentical progesterone in other forms to complement your estradiol and testosterone hormone pellet therapy. Compounded preparations are custom-made in a compounding pharmacy according to a doctor’s prescription and pellet doses are formulated to best meet the needs of the individual patient. The pellets are about the size of a grain of rice and are inserted under the skin in the hip area, with a local anesthetic to numb the area. The procedure is quick and convenient, taking approximately five minutes in an office setting. The pellets release small amounts of hormone directly into the bloodstream on a time-release basis, similar to the way that the ovaries would produce them naturally.
The main difference between traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and bioidentical pellet therapy is that the former is made from synthetic hormones and the latter are compounded bioidentical hormones (custom-made in a pharmacy to specific prescriptions).
Bio-identical hormones are made from estrogen (estradiol,) testosterone and progesterone derived from plants like yam and soy and, unlike their synthetic counterparts. The chemical structure of the bioidentical hormones is “identical” to what your body makes naturally, making them more effective and in many cases safer than synthetic hormones. The pellets are made in a compounding pharmacy, allowing your doctor to make unique doses specific for your individual needs.
Conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is made from synthetic estrogens, in many cases derived from the urine of pregnant mares, plus various forms of synthetic progesterone called progestins. They come in standard pre-defined doses which are prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by the pharmacy. The disadvantage of this is that they are not as effective or safe as bioidentical hormones and can not be customized or tailored to your specific needs. Your body recognizes bioidentical hormones as their “own” because they are chemically identical to your hormones.
Hormone pellets help to drastically and safely improve quality of life by restoring natural hormone balance, reducing symptoms of menopause and reducing signs and symptoms that come with aging. Their delivery method makes them a superior form of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as the hormones are absorbed directly into the bloodstream, therefore bypassing the liver and reaching the targeted tissues in their true bio-identical form. Pellets are also beneficial in that they are tailor-made to the individual’s specific needs, targeting specific issues more effectively than pre-made forms could.
Because of the time-release nature of the pellets they deliver a steady dose of the hormones and can provide overall better results and symptom relief than other therapies such as creams, patches, pills, injections, etc, which can sometimes yield inconsistent and ineffective results.
The most common symptoms women experience with low hormones are the following:
• Hot flashes and night sweats
• Weight gain
• Vaginal dryness
• Low libido (sexual desire)
• Foggy thinking
• Decreased sexual function (ED)
• Decreased sexual sensation
• Mood swings
• Memory loss
• Lack of motivation
• Muscle loss
• Depression / anxiety
The pellets are placed in the subcutaneous layer of tissue, just under the skin, in the hip area. It is a short and painless procedure that is done in an in-office setting and can take as little as 5 minutes. The area is first numbed using a quick-acting local anesthetic and then a small incision is made into which the pellet is placed with no discomfort to the patient. The incision is closed with small bandages called “steri-strips” and a waterproof bandage that should be left on for a few days.
If you would like to know more about bio-identical hormone pellet therapy for women, or any of our other services, contact Infinite Wellness Hormone Specialists today! We look forward to meeting you! We serve patients from Scottsdale AZ, Tempe AZ, Mesa AZ, Paradise Valley AZ, Chandler AZ, Phoenix AZ, and BEYOND!