Sudden mood swings, night sweats, hot flashes, a low libido – menopause can certainly take its toll! Women struggling with these issues are apt to look high and low for a solution. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find relief from an over-the-counter pill. The primary components responsible for your symptoms are hormones. As women transition into menopause, they tend to experience hormonal imbalance. This state can make everyday life less comfortable than before. Thankfully, a convenient solution in the form of pellet hormone replacement therapy is now available. But, is it right for you?
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Pellet hormone replacement therapy is a specific form of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT. The hormones used in this treatment have the same chemical structure as the ones your body should naturally produce. In other words, they are indistinguishable from the “real thing.” These pellets are made by compressing organic plant materials with the same biological molecular structure as the needed hormones into a solid compound pellet which is roughly the size of a grain of rice. By introducing these hormones into your system, we can alleviate the symptoms that hormone imbalance may cause.
During a hormone replacement procedure, we insert these pellets into the skin subcutaneously, where they then deliver a steady and consistent level of hormones into your blood. We typically insert these little “grains pellets” into the hip area. This is a fast and painless procedure that takes mere minutes to complete.
What Are the Advantages of Pellet Hormone Replacement Therapy? Is It Safe?
Safety is one of the main benefits of choosing this hormone replacement method. By allowing the pellets to slowly deliver the hormone through your skin, you avoid potential fluctuations associated with using a patch or a cream. Moreover, pellets have a lesser impact on your liver than oral hormones. Pellet therapy also avoids production of increased clotting factors, which can be a problem with other methods of hormone replacement.
Ready to Get Started?
If you are in the Santa Barbara area, we welcome you to schedule an appointment at Turner Medical Arts. When you arrive, we will assess whether or not pellet hormone replacement therapy is the best choice for you. If the answer is yes, Dr. Duncan Turner can walk you through the procedure. This treatment usually lasts from 3-6 months and can dramatically improve hormone imbalance symptoms, returning your system to its ideal balance. Get in touch with our center by filling out our appointment form, or calling (805) 962-1957 today.