Pellet Hormone Therapy

Pellet Hormone Therapy

Hi. I'm Dr. Ian Levenson. I'm the Medical Director of the Colorado Center for Health and Longevity. Today, I wanted to talk to you a little bit about new types of hormonal therapy. In specific, pelleting hormonal therapy, which is where you take pellets that are about the size of kernels of rice, or a little bit bigger, and you implant them underneath the skin for hormonal therapy. The advantage of that is that they don't have the peaks and troughs of other forms of hormonal therapy. If you take creams, or gels, or patches, or trochees, little mints that melt in your mouth, those have high peaks and low troughs, and so you have the up and downs of those particular aspects of hormonal therapy. You don't have that with pelleting hormones. In fact, with pellet hormones, they go by heart rate and cardiac output.

So, therefore, if you're exercising in a gym where you need more hormones, and your heart rate is higher, you're gonna get more of that hormonal therapy. And if you're sleeping at night and your heart rate is lower, you get a lower form of that hormonal therapy. So, it's very physiologic. Your body can take that hormone as it needs it. In contrast to other forms of hormonal therapy, that the body has to utilize that much of hormone when you give it to it, whether it needs it or not. It's a very unique aspect and a very big benefit of this type of hormonal therapy.

Now, how do you know if you need hormonal therapy or not? Some of the clinical signs and symptoms of that are tiredness, short term memory loss, decreased libido, inability to recover from exercise or build muscle mass. In women, you can have vaginal dryness or hot flashes.