September 23, 2018
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Hormone Pellets in Scottsdale: The Most Common Questions We Receive

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Hormone pellets in Scottsdale are the best and most natural way to supply hormones to both men and women. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of bio-identical hormones providing optimal therapy.

1. What are hormone pellets in Scottsdale?

Hormone pellets contain either estradiol or testosterone, which are pressed into very small solid cylinders. These pellets are larger than a grain of rice and smaller than a ‘Tic Tac’. They are produced by a licensed pharmacist and delivered in sterilized glass vials.

2. Why are pellets the best choice for hormone replacement?

Pellets supply consistent levels of hormones for 3-6 months, depending on the recommended dosage. They don’t create the fluctuations of hormone levels as with other methods of hormone delivery. It’s that fluctuation that causes many of the unwanted side effects and symptoms a patient experiences. Also, hormone pellets in Scottsdale do not elevate the risk of blood clots like conventional or synthetic hormone replacement therapy.

3. How and where are the pellets inserted?

The insertion of pellets is a simple, relatively painless procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. The pellets are typically inserted into the lower abdominal wall or hip through a small incision that is then taped closed. The experience of your health care professional is essential; not only in placing the pellets, but in determining the correct dosage of hormones to be used.

4. What can patients expect after the pellets have been inserted?

After pellets are inserted, patients may notice that they have more energy, sleep better and feel happier. Muscle mass and bone density then increases while fatty tissue diminishes. Patients may notice improved strength, coordination and physical performance. They may enjoy better skin tone and hair texture. Concentration and memory may improve as will overall physical and sexual health.

5. How soon will patients feel the effects of the pellets?

Many patients notice an improvement within 24-48 hours, while others may take a week or two to notice a difference.

6. How long do hormone pellets in Scottsdale last?

The pellets typically last between 3 and 5 months in women and 5-6 months in men. High levels of stress, physical activity, some medications and lack of sleep may increase the rate at which the pellet absorb and may require that pellets are inserted sooner in some patients.

7. Are the pellets ever removed?

The pellets do not need to be removed, as they completely dissolve on their own.

8. Do men need hormone replacement?

Beginning in a man’s 30s, his testosterone levels begin to decline. Most men retain adequate levels of testosterone into their mid 40’s to mid 50’s, some into their late 70’s early 80’s. Men should be tested when they begin to show signs of testosterone deficiency, as even men in their 30’s can be testosterone deficient and show signs of bone loss.

9. Will insurance cover the cost of the pellets and insertion?

Some insurance companies cover the cost of pellets, others do not. Check with your provider for details regarding your coverage.

If you have questions or would like to know if you can benefit from hormone pellets in Scottsdale, call our office today to schedule a consultation.

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