Estradiol and testosterone pellets have been in use in the United States since 1939. In the UK and the rest of Europe, pellets are standard menopausal therapy. Many South African gynaecologists recommend pellet therapy as an effective way of dealing with menopausal symptoms.
Bio-identical hormones are extracted from plants and molecularly structured to an exact replica of what the body produces. A small amount of the hormone is slowly released into the body every day for 3-6 months, depending on the pellet dose.
The pellets are about the size of a grain of rice and are inserted in a painless and quick procedure in the doctor’s office – no stitches are needed.
Pellets are compounded individually for each patient and the hormone levels need to be regularly checked to ensure that optimum levels are being achieved.
Bio-identical hormone creams
A doctor will prescribe the specific hormone dosage depending on the hormone test results and other health factors. Regular tests are required to ensure optimum levels.
The cream will release hormones into the bloodstream, which will provide relief for hormone deficiency symptoms.
Cream can be applied daily, as per the doctor’s instructions, either on the forearms, flanks, blushing areas or thighs. Vaginal application is also very effective.