HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (HRT)
Natural Pellet Therapy
BALANCED HORMONES are essential for good health and disease prevention as we age!!
Hormone levels are optimized with tiny pellets placed just under the skin. Hormone pellets have been used since 1939.
OPTIMIZED HORMONE BALANCE PROTECTS OUR BONES, BRAIN, BREAST, AND HEART!!
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF HORMONE IMBALANCE:
- Difficulty sleeping at night
- Lack of energy and fatigue during the day
- Reduced mental focus and memory
- Moody, anxious or depressed
- Weight gain, including increased fat around the midsection
- Inability to lose weight regardless of healthy diet and exercise
- Decreased muscle strength
- Muscle and/or joint pain
- Reduced sexual desire and performance
Pellet therapy involves hormones derived from natural plant sources to replicate the body's normal estrogen and testosterone levels. A compounding pharmacist, using strict federal guidelines, compounds the estrogen (estradiol) and testosterone used in the pellets.
Proper hormone levels are determined by comprehensive bloodwork analysis. Unique dosing is generated for each individual patient, so dosing is customized for what your body needs. Pellets deliver pure, bio-identical hormones directly into the bloodstream 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for up to 6 months (3-4 for women and 6 for men). Pills, patches, creams and shots cannot provide a steady delivery of hormones 24/7. Pellets provide a constant supply of hormones that your body recognizes as its own, which significantly reduces the chance of adverse side effects.
IF YOU HAVE A PAST MEDICAL HISTORY OF FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE ORGAN CANCERS OR PROSTATE CANCER, THEN UNFORTUNATELY, HRT IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR YOU. We will need written approval from your cancer doctor before you can undergo HRT.
These pellets, which are smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin and most closely mimic the actions of healthy ovaries and testicles with regard to hormone release into the bloodstream. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones that provide optimal therapy.
The hormone pellet implantation procedure is easily performed in the office. Skin over the fatty part of the outer (lateral) buttock is anesthetized with topical BLT (benzocaine 20%/lidocaine 10%/tetracaine 10%). This takes about 15-30 minutes to work. Injectable anesthesia is also used (1% lidocaine/epinephrine/sodium bicarbonate) to numb the trocar entry site. A SMALL incision must be made in order to advance the trocar with pellets into the fatty tissue (subcutaneous tissue).
Waterproof dressing stays in place for FIVE DAYS. Don’t want to dislodge the pellets. NO VIGOROUS ACTIVITIES ARE TO OCCUR WITHIN THE 1ST FIVE DAYS FOLLOWING HRT (NO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE [TAKE CARE OF YOUR SPOUSE BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT TO DECREASE POST PROCEDURE DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS STRIFE!!!], NO EXERCISE, NO HORSE BACK RIDING, NO OTHER JARRING ACTIVITIES, AVOID BUMPING INCISION SITE AGAINST HARD SURFACES). RETURN TO ALL ACTIVITIES ON DAY SIX.
You WILL feel jittery (fast heart rate and vibrating feeling all through your body) from the epinephrine based local anesthesia (Dr. Bethea knows firsthand how this feels following HRT!) Avoid caffeinated beverages for a few hours following treatment. Jittery vibrating feeling DOES resolve within hours following HRT.
Unlike typical oral and transdermal forms of therapy — which produce "roller coaster" hormone levels, resulting in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient — Hormone Pellet Therapy is the only method of hormone therapy that provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day for up to three to five months without any "roller coaster" effect. Because the hormones used are completely natural, pellet therapy is ideal for patients who want the benefits of a natural hormone without the drawbacks of a synthetic.
HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (HRT) WITH NATURAL PELLETS IS VERY SUCCESSFUL WITH TREATING COMMON SYMPTOMS OF HORMONE IMBALANCE! Just ask Dr. Bethea!