Hormone replacement therapy can make a world of difference in your daily life, but the method of this therapy is just as important as the hormones themselves. Terese Harris, MD, FACOG, has more than two decades of experience in hormone replacement and is a firm believer in the power of pellet therapy to improve the lives of patients in the community of Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California, who entrust her with their care. If you’d like to learn more about bioidentical hormone pellet therapy, use the online booking tool or call the office in Orange County to set up a consultation today.
Bioidentical hormone pellet therapy is a type of hormone replacement that uses tiny implanted pellets to deliver a steady stream of hormones. The word bioidentical means the hormones share the same molecular structure as the hormones your body produces naturally.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is used to correct hormone imbalance in both women and men. As the aging process moves forward, your natural hormone production declines. In women, this process is called menopause. In men, the process is known as andropause.
HRT can be prescribed in numerous ways. There are pills, troches, patches, gels, and vaginal creams, vaginal rings, and injectables. One drawback to all of these options is the need for ongoing vigilance in regard to dosing. Simply put, if you forget to take your pills, apply the gel, or replace your patch on time, your therapy is interrupted, which can cause side effects.
Many of these options also create dramatic peaks and valleys hormones. That roller-coaster effect can actually worsen your symptoms, which is the exact opposite of what HRT is trying to achieve.
Pellet therapy is different because the hormones are released from tiny pellets implanted just beneath the surface of your skin. Those hormones are released slowly, allowing a steady stream of supplementation directly into your bloodstream, bypassing your digestive system entirely. This method most closely mimics your natural hormone release.
Dr. Harris only works with highly reputable pharmacies that have received accreditation by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board. Your bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is customized to suit your exact needs and may change over time.
Inserting the pellets takes just moments and is not a painful process. As the pellets release hormones, they slowly dissolve. Because they contain nothing other than hormones, all portions of the pellets are absorbed by your body, leaving nothing behind.
After your initial pellet insertion, Dr. Harris closely monitors your health and determines how your body is responding. That guides how often you’ll need to come in to have new pellets inserted. Most men and women need between two and four pellet insertions each year.
If you’re ready to explore bioidentical hormone pellet therapy in more detail, schedule a consultation over the phone or use the online booking tool.