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Hormone PelletsI am considering using hormone pellets. What do I need to know about them before choosing this option

If you are experiencing menopause symptoms, hormone pellets are one of the delivery systems you can consider for your hormone replacement therapy (HRT). After they are inserted, hormone pellets can provide you with systemic menopause symptom relief.

Hormone pellets are placed in the fat under the skin where they can secrete a steady dose of hormones for several months. As a result, you don’t have to remember to take your HRT on a daily basis, though you'll need to have them inserted by your physician in a medical facility every few months.

Where do the hormones in pellets come from?

The hormones in pellets are derived from natural plant sources and considered to be bioidentical hormones. These hormones are compressed into a pellet that is larger than a grain of rice but smaller than a Tic-Tac candy and is inserted in the lower abdomen or buttocks where it is absorbed. Because hormone pellets can’t be removed or adjusted for a lengthy period of time, it may be a good idea to only try this method after you have established a hormone level that successfully works for you via a different delivery method.

What are the benefits of hormones in pellet form?

One of the benefits of using hormones in pellet form is the steady dose of hormones they provide. Because many menopausal symptoms are the result of a fluctuation or imbalance in hormones, having hormones delivered in a consistent dose can help prevent common menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and restless nights.

As pellets are not initially processed by the liver, you can minimize risks related to that process if you choose hormone pellets. Bypassing the liver may also allow you to use a lower dose of hormones since the liver will not be breaking down the hormones before delivering them to your bloodstream.

Another big plus in using hormone pellets is that it enables you to “forget” about your HRT. With this delivery method, you don’t need to remember to take or use your HRT on a daily basis. There are no pills to swallow, no creams to clean up, and no patches to make stick as part of your daily routine. Once the pellets are inserted, you can forget them for approximately three months at a time.

What are the disadvantages of using hormones in pill form?

As with any medication, there are risks with hormone pellets. If you experience adverse affects to the hormones or the dose is too high, it can be virtually impossible to remove the pellets. You could develop a wound, bruise, bleeding, or infection at the site where the pellet is inserted. Also, your body may use the hormone pellets too quickly or too slowly so they are not as effective as they should be and leave you with symptoms such as weight issues, breast tenderness, and headaches.

What's best for me?

If you would like to consider this type of HRT, schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor. Together you can discuss the pros and cons of hormone pellets and decide if this choice is right for you.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-07-2014 - 02:16 PM


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