www.PelletTherapy.com Hormone pellet implants of bioidentical estradiol and testosterone are an excellent therapy for symptoms of low estrogen and testosterone in women. It consists of painlessly placing small pellets, the size of a grain of rice or a BB, of bioidentical hormones (estradiol and testosterone) under the skin of the hip (side of the buttocks). The procedure is done right in the office, and only takes a few minutes. Dr. Epperly has been using bioidentical hormone pellet implants since 2004, and he has found that these little rice-sized pellets usually do an excellent job of eliminating hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, insomnia, forgetfulness, and several other symptoms of perimenopause and post-menopause. They also reduce menstrual migraines significantly. The side effects of hormone pellet implants appear to be far less than any other current hormone replacement therapy, and, therefore, represent a significant improvement in hormone replacement therapy. These natural hormones are derived from soybeans, and are exactly the same as the hormones that are already in a woman’s body. The hormone pellet implants are pure 100% crystalline estradiol (technically called 17-beta-estradiol) or pure 100% crystalline testosterone. After insertion, the implants slowly dissolve over a 3-6 month time period leaving no residue. This treatment is not new, but is very much underutilized, with only a handful of doctors across the country currently using it. There are, in fact, over sixty references involving hormone pellet implants in the mainstream medical literature. Hormone pellet implants have been in use for over fifty years, and their track record of success and safety is unsurpassed. As with any form of HRT, vaginal bleeding can occur and can be similar to regular periods. Hormone implants are an especially excellent option for women who have had a hysterectomy, since there is no risk of troublesome vaginal bleeding in such cases. Although not necessarily the preferred method for men, hormone pellet implants are also an option for some men with low testosterone levels. They would be another appropriate choice for men with low testosterone (called male hypogonadism) who do not like using hormone skin gel, patches, or doing weekly injections. Greater libido, more energy, stronger muscles, less depression, improved sex, and better mental concentration are some of the benefits seen. For additional information on hormone pellet implants, go to www.PelletTherapy.com. If you belong to a women’s club of any kind, and would like Dr. Epperly to speak to your organization about any aspect of menopause treatment or bioidentical hormones, please contact him by phone or email.