SottoPelle Testosterone Replacement Therapy – Why Pellets?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and its different modalities have been around for many years, and with good reason: benefits of HRT can include increased libido, increased energy, improved cognition, improved mood, and improved cardiovascular performance and bone density… not too shabby! Still, it’s not all wine and roses, as traditional methods of HRT such as creams, pills, and injections often come with highs, lows, and other side effects because of the inherent difficulty in properly administering precise doses.
With all of the different options for HRT on the market, why should you choose pellet hormone therapy? First of all, pellets are easy to use. Aside from the small procedure to place them, there is nothing that you as the patient need to do once they are placed. They are low maintenance and only require replacement every 4-6 months (your provider will check your labs at regular intervals to determine when it’s time to replace). Most importantly, pellets provide a constant state of hormone secretion, meaning less fluctuation and more consistent results.
Many patients who are interested in hormones have the desire to return their body to a more normal state. Rather than using synthetic hormones which carry a high risk of side effects, we use a product called SottoPelle, a bioidentical hormone pellet therapy that is plant derived and natural. By using bioidentical hormones, we are able to mimic the body’s natural secretion and get you feeling back to you.
Pellet placement is done in our clinic with minimal downtime. At the time of placement, a small amount of local anesthetic will be injected into the area of placement, typically the hip. Once the area is numb, rice sized pellets are inserted and then a small dressing is placed over top. Estrogen pellets are often placed in combination with testosterone pellets to ensure the correct dosage of hormones.
While there are amazing benefits of SottoPelle therapy, there can be side effects. In women, a common side effect with improperly dosed pellets is clitoromegaly, an enlargement of the erectile tissue of the clitoris. Generally this issue can be addressed by further managing the dosage of the pellet to find what provides the best results for you. If you have received prior hormone replacement therapy and have experienced ongoing clitoromegaly, let us help you. We can discuss options for treatment and also get you onto a more appropriate hormone dose.
If you think you might be suffering from issues related to hormonal imbalance, don’t wait! Contact us today and schedule a free consultation so that we can help bring balance back into your life.
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