Bioidentical Hormonal Therapy
Improve your energy and overall well-being with testosterone pellets. Both men and women can benefit from optimal levels of testosterone for both mental and physical health.
What is Bioidentical Hormonal Therapy?
Pellets are made up of hormones that are pressed together into tiny cylinders comparable to the size of a grain of rice. Pellets provide a slow consistent release of hormones avoiding the fluctuations that are common with injectable and topical hormone therapy. It is effective for both men and women with treatments being required every 3 to 6 months.
What are the benefits of bioidentical hormonal therapy?
In studies, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellets have been shown to be superior for the relief of menopausal symptoms, improvement in bone density, sleep patterns, mental clarity, sex drive, and maintenance of lean body mass.
Why do we need hormones?
Good hormonal balance helps us feel our best. With time, our hormone levels decrease which affects us in many ways. This change occurs in both women and men. By rebalancing our hormones to healthy levels, we are able to minimize the symptoms that occur with aging such as mood swings, fatigue, low sex drive, and memory loss.
How are the hormone levels evaluated?
Blood levels of several hormones including FSH, estradiol and testosterone will be drawn prior to starting therapy. PSA levels are monitored in men. Other labs such as blood cell counts, glucose, electrolytes, and thyroid hormone levels are commonly evaluated also to determine if you are a candidate for testosterone therapy. Hormone levels are monitored at regular intervals after receiving treatment .
How soon after treatment can the effects of the pellet be noticed?
Typically the effects of the pellets are noticed within 2 to 4 weeks. Diet, exercise and stress will affect the results of pellet therapy. Occasionally prescription medication can interfere with the beneficial effects of the testosterone implant.
Can allergic reactions or infections occur with pellet therapy?
Very rarely, a patient will develop local zone of redness and itching at the site of the testosterone implant. Infection is uncommon, but antibiotics will be prescribed if necessary, particularly for those who are diabetic or have had a joint replacement.
How and where are the pellets inserted?
The pellets are inserted in the upper buttock region though a small incision, which is then taped closed. This procedure is a relatively painless and done under local anesthesia. After insertion of the pellets, vigorous physical activity is avoided for 3 to 6 days. Early physical activity can lead to extrusion of the pellet, requiring reinsertion.
What do I need to do prior to pellet therapy?
You will need to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Sohayda. During this appointment, Dr. Sohayda will review your health history with you and determine the hormonal therapy that is best for you.
How often will I need follow-up?
At 2 weeks, you will do a follow-up visit with Dr. Sohayda. At that time you will also be instructed on what follow labs need to be drawn. If your level are low, you may require a booster at around 6 weeks. For women, pellets insertion will be performed approximately every 3 to 4 months and for men, approximately every 5 to 6 months.