At Rocky Mountain Hormone And Weight Loss Clinic in the Denver Metro area, we offer a variety of hormone replacement therapy treatments to help you feel happier, more focused, and healthier. Check out these frequently asked questions about pellet therapy, and contact us today to schedule a consultation if you’re interested.
Q. How do I know if I am a candidate for pellet therapy?
A. Symptoms may vary widely, from depression and anxiety to night sweats and sleeplessness, for example. You will be given a lab slip to have blood work done, which will determine your hormone levels. Once the doctor reviews and determines whether you are a candidate for pellet therapy, we will schedule an appointment for insertion.
Q. Do I have blood work done before each pellet therapy treatment?
A. Yes, you will need blood work done every three months to set your dosing. You may have it done again sooner, though, if there are significant changes to your health.
Q. What are the pellets made from?
A. The pellets are made from wild yams. Wild yams have the highest concentration of hormones of any substance. There are no known allergens associated with wild yams because, once the hormone is made, it is no longer yam or soy.
Q. How long will the treatment last?
A. Pellet therapy treatment last for three to four months depending on the person. Everyone is different, so it depends on how you feel and what the doctor determines is right for you. If you are really active, you are under a lot of stress, or the temperatures are extremely high, your treatment may not last as long. Absorption rate is based on cardiac output.
Q. Is pellet therapy FDA-approved?
A. The pellets are made from substances that are FDA-approved and regulated, the process of making pellets is regulated by the State Pharmacy Board, and the distribution is regulated by the DEA and Respective State Pharmacy Boards.
The procedure of placing pellets is not an FDA-approved procedure. The pellets are derived from wild yams and soy, are all natural, and bio-identical. This means that they are the exact replication of what the body makes.
Q. How are pellets administered?
A. Your practitioner will implant the pellets in the fat under the skin of the hip. A small incision is made in the hip and the pellets are inserted. This procedure does not require any stitches.
Q. Does it matter if I’m on birth control?
A. No, the doctor can determine what your hormone needs are — even if you are on birth control.
Q. Are there any side effects?
A. The majority of side effects are temporary and typically only happens after the first dose of pellet therapy. The side effects are easily treatable, and there’s no risk of serious side effects.
Q. What if I’m already doing hormone replacement therapy, such as creams, patches, or pills?
A. This is an easy transition. The doctor will be able to determine your needs even though you may be currently taking these other forms of HRT.
Q. What if I’ve had breast cancer?
A. Breast cancer survivors and/or those who have a history of breast cancer in their family may still be a candidate; however, this is to be determined by the physician. You should schedule a consultation with the doctor.
If you have any other questions or to make an appointment, we would love to hear from you. Contact us today and we will get back to you as soon as possible!