Once you enter your third decade of life, you naturally start thinking about hormone replacement options. This is about the time that men start to experience reduced levels of testosterone and women start thinking about hot flashes and mood swings destined to come. If you are concerned that standard hormone replacement therapy may make you feel worse rather than better, it is time to learn more about hormone pellet therapy.
The pellets used for this type of hormone therapy are about the size of a grain of rice, and they are created from soybeans. Each pellet contains pharmaceutical-grade testosterone or estradiol, which is a female estrogen hormone. These are bio-identical hormones, and that means that the hormones function within the body exactly the same as hormones produced by the body naturally. Each pellet contains pure hormone without added ingredients.
Hormone pellet therapy is conducted by inserting these hormone pellets under the skin so that the body can absorb them over time. That may sound painful, but most people compare the pain level to receiving a shot or quick injection. The pellets are typically inserted in the hips or buttocks and provide a gradual release of the hormones so that patients can go up to six months between treatments.
The concept of delivering hormones to the bloodstream through subcutaneous pellets was introduced in Europe in 1935. European patients benefited from hormone pellet therapy for four years before the procedure was introduced in the United States by Dr. R. B. Greenblatt.
Since the 1940s, medical studies around the world have proven that this form of hormone replacement therapy is safe and effective. For example, a study published in The Lancet in 1984 showed that menopausal women receiving pellet therapy experienced significant relief from their symptoms while menopausal women receiving a placebo experienced very little relief.
Hormone pellet therapy has become more popular in recent years due to findings that standard hormone replacement therapy may increase risks for cancer and other health problems. Since hormone pellets are created from all-natural soybeans and do not contain other potentially harmful ingredients, they are the safest form of hormone replacement therapy currently available.
Women typically start pellet therapy when they enter menopause or stop producing balanced hormone levels for other reasons. Some of the symptoms of hormone imbalance in women include reduced energy, difficulty staying focused, weight gain and interruption of the menstrual cycle. The female body needs estrogen and testosterone to function properly, and each woman will need to supplement with a different combination of these hormones.
Once the pellets begin delivering the correct balance of hormones to a woman's system, she will typically start feeling more energetic and emotionally stable. The symptoms of hormonal imbalance that brought her to the therapy should start to disappear as balance is achieved. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance will come back once the pellets are completely absorbed into the body, so routine treatments are necessary.
Hormone replacement therapy is commonly advertised to women, but men often need to supplement testosterone as they grow older. The male body naturally produces less of this hormone as it ages, and that leads to fatigue, reduced sexual desire and weight gain. Some men struggle to control their emotions and may sink into depression if their testosterone levels get too low.
Men over the age of 30 may start to notice some of these symptoms, but hormone replacement is often not needed until they are over the age of 40. Instead of suffering with reduced motivation and the physical changes that come along with low testosterone production, many men seek out hormone pellet therapy.
Once the pellets start releasing testosterone into a man's bloodstream, he should start feeling more energetic and focused. He may find it easier to lose weight and build muscle, and controlling his emotions should get easier.
Now that you understand what hormone pellet therapy is and why it is becoming more popular, it is time to decide whether it is right for your body. Use these quick pro and con reference lists in addition to the advice of your doctor when making this decision.
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