What is Pellet Therapy?
This is an old (as old as Premarin) and well-documented method of delivering bioidentical hormones that utilizes compounded small pellets about the size of a grain of rice that are painlessly inserted under the skin of the lateral buttocks.(the procedure is less painful than having your blood drawn).
The hormones in the compounded pellets are bioidentical (exact molecular match of human hormone) and consist of either estradiol, the most important of the three female human estrogens, and testosterone. Yes women need testosterone replacement as well as estrogen replacement. Perimenopausal women and post-menopausal women usually need some of both. Testosterone levels are usually around 5-10% that of a man. Testosterone helps with a number of issues including libido, mood stabilization, brain function, and bone density.
Pellets contain a natural plant source of estrogen and testosterone. The estrogen or testosterone utilized in the pellets is compounded by hand and formed into a pellet shape. These pellets-which are smaller than a grain of rice-are then placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin and act as if an ovary or testicle is present. The implantation procedure is easily performed in the office.
Pellet therapy is used to defeat the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. Suzanne Somers has authored two very informative books, "The Sexy Years" and "Ageless," where all the menopausal and aging symptoms respond extremely well to subcutaneous bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.