Port Orchard Natural Medicine has helped thousands of people in the Greater Seattle region find restored health through hormone replacement therapy.
We use bioidentical hormones which are a more natural and safer substitute to traditional prescription synthetic hormones.
Pellet therapy is the perfect hormone solution for everyone from the on-the-go Seattle executive to the retiree who is just trying to get better sleep at night.
If you are ready to feel healthy again, contact our clinic today and ask about our bioidentical hormone pellet services.
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What Is Hormone Pellet Therapy?
Hormones are created by your body’s endocrine system. This system includes your thyroid, pituitary, parathyroid, and adrenal glands, as well as your pancreas and ovaries (if female) or testicles (if male).
As our bodies age, it is normal for the endocrine system to start slowing down on hormone production. This can lead to a wide range of negative effects, including:
- Mood swings
- Low motivation
- Hot flashes
- Night sweat
- Inability to orgasm
- Skin wrinkling
- Low moods
- Hair loss
- Low energy
- Sleep disturbances
- Low libido
- A decrease in muscle mass
- Weight gain
- And more!
Hormone therapy is the medical process of introducing fresh hormones to your body in an effort to stabilize your body’s hormones and bring them to a healthy level.
There are several methods of delivering new hormones to your body, including:
- Oral capsules and pills
- Topical creams
- Vaginal suppositories
- Sublingual (under the tongue) drops or lozenges
- And the subject of this page — hormone pellets.
How do hormone pellets work?
Hormone pellets work by releasing a consistent flow of hormones into the body over several months. The pellets are implanted under the skin during a quick and painless procedure.
Once inside your body, a hormone pellet will begin dissolving, emitting a steady dose of the necessary hormones for the next few months.
Are pellets better than other forms of hormone therapy?
The biggest advantage of pellets over other hormone delivery options (e.g. injections, patches, and creams) is that pellets offer a steady state of hormone delivery. In contrast, other delivery methods introduce the entire hormone dosage at once, which can lead to dramatic and uncomfortable up-and-down hormone effects.
Convenience is the next greatest perk. You don’t have to go into the pharmacy once a month, give yourself injections once a week, change out a patch twice a week, or put hormone cream on daily. Pellets only require a quick trip to our health clinic once every three months for women and once every 6 months for men.
Another major advantage is that there is not transference risk associated with pellet therapy. Unlike creams, patches, and other external delivery methods, with pellets, you don’t need to worry about contaminating your partner, friends, or family members with your hormones.
Finally, for some symptoms, like low energy and libido, our Seattle-region clinic sees better results from pellet therapy than from other hormone delivery methods.
How to Tell If Pellet Therapy Is Right for You
While pellet hormone therapy does come with a lot of advantages, it still isn’t for everyone. Here are a few ways you can tell if pellet therapy is the right choice for you.
Who is the ideal candidate for pellet hormone therapy?
Go through the following list of statements and answer “yes” or “no”:
- I am struggling with the effects of aging (see the list given at the beginning of this page).
- I am looking for the most effective hormone therapy available.
- I value convenience over cost. *
Did you answer yes to all three of these statements? If so, pellets are likely the perfect hormone solution for you.
* Note: while pellets are generally more expensive than other hormone options, in some scenarios, the cost is the same. It just depends on whether or not your insurance covers hormone replacement therapy.
Who shouldn’t do pellet therapy?
Go through the following list of statements and answer “yes” or “no”:
- My hormones are already at a healthy level.
- I want to use hormone therapy to achieve supra psychological levels of hormones
- I am male and am concerned about my fertility. *
- I have active prostate or breast cancer.
If you answered yes to any of these statements, then hormone therapy of any kind (especially pellets) is not a good choice for you.
* Note: hormone pellet therapy has been shown to decrease male fertility. This is not an issue for women, as female fertility is unaffected by hormone therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy
As one of the only hormone pellet therapy clinics in the Seattle region, we get a lot of questions from patients who haven’t heard of this hormone delivery method before.
Our top bioidentical hormone pellet FAQs include:
What is the difference between synthetic and bioidentical hormones?
A bioidentical hormone is an identical match to the natural hormone counterpart that your own body produces.
In contrast to this, synthetic hormones are chemicals manufactured by drug companies that do bind to your receptors, but are not perfect matches for the hormones that your body creates.
By choosing bioidentical hormones, instead of synthetic ones, you are keeping foreign substances out of your body.
This is why we don’t offer any synthetic hormones here at Port Orchard Natural Medicine. We only offer bioidentical hormones.
How are hormone levels tested?
Hormone testing depends on which delivery method you want to use — some methods require blood tests, while others only need a saliva test.
For pellet therapy, a quick blood test is needed to determine your current hormone levels and the proper hormone dosage.
How soon can I expect to see results?
Results depend on the aging symptoms being treated. Some patients see alleviating symptoms within the first week, while others need a month or two before seeing significant results.
Can bioidentical hormone pellets be used to treat any other health conditions?
In addition to the aging symptoms listed at the beginning of this page, hormone pellet therapy can also be used to treat a wide range of other health conditions, including:
- Adrenal disorders
- Insulin resistance
- Thyroid problems
- Cardiovascular Health
- Headaches and Migraines
- Joint Aches and Pain
Is there any pain during the pellet therapy process?
While the thought of having a small pellet inserted under the skin may sound intimidating, you don’t need to worry. The procedure is relatively painless and doesn’t even require a stitch.
Our Hormone Pellet Therapy Process
Here at Port Orchard Natural Medicine, we carry out the hormone pellet therapy process in the following order:
- The first step is to make an appointment and have a consultation with our clinic’s Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Rachel Robertson. During your consultation, Dr. Robertson will answer all your hormone replacement therapy questions. Once you’ve been fully educated on all the different delivery options, you’ll choose your preferred hormone delivery method.
- If you decide that pellets are the best hormone therapy option for you, then we’ll do some testing. In this case, a blood test to determine your current hormone levels.
- Once we know the kind of hormone and dosage you need, it’s time for the pellet insertion procedure.
- The procedure is quick and painless. Dr. Robertson will numb your hip and implant the hormone pellet. *
- One month later, you will come back to the clinic to discuss your results and possibly retest your hormone levels to determine the procedure’s success.
* Note: the implant site will be bandaged, so it is crucial that you don’t sit in water for the three days following your procedure. Also, women should not do any vigorous exercise for three days after the procedure, while men should avoid exercise for seven days.
Start Your Hormone-Restoring Journey Today
Port Orchard Natural Medicine is one of the only clinics in the Seattle region that offers bioidentical hormone pellet therapy. This specialization is backed up by Dr. Robertson’s 20 years of experience in hormone therapy, which gives her the expertise needed to understand the individual needs of every patient.
Call or contact our clinic and schedule an appointment today. Dr. Rachel is happy to discuss your hormone replacement options with you and to help you decide which option is best for your unique situation.