How often will I need to repeat my pellet insertions?

Usually every 3-6 months. Our patients know when it is time for their next insertion because their low energy and awful hormonal imbalance symptoms start to return. They can’t wait to come in for their next treatment!

Will my periods be the same?

If you are not yet menopausal, your periods might remain the same while on hormone pellet therapy. If you are post-menopausal, the goal is for you to not have any periods at all. If you go one year without periods and then have one, we will order an ultrasound to make sure the lining of your uterus looks normal.

Are there any side effects and/or complications?

Any medical treatment has potential risks and side effects. However, unlike other forms of hormone therapy, there are fewer side effects than from traditional therapy.

How long will it take for the pellets to get into my system and work?

Effects are noticeable within 24 to 72 hours. Optimal effects occur after about 3 weeks.

I get horrible headaches—will pellets help me?

Yes! We have had great success, especially with women who have menstrual migraines or new migraines that appear after age 35.

Why do I need estrogen?

Estrogen is the most important hormone for a woman. Loss of estrogen can lead to hot flashes, sleep disturbances, loss of sex drive, mood swings and more. Estrogen also protects women from osteoporosis and estrogen can keep you looking young and feeling healthy!

Do I need to take other medication?

If you still have a uterus, you will need to be on natural progesterone as well. This is because by itself, estrogen can stimulate the uterine lining and cause bleeding or rarely can lead to cancer of the uterine lining. Progesterone helps prevent this.

Why do I need testosterone?

Testosterone is the third female hormone and is as essential as estrogen and progesterone. Women need this hormone to keep their thought processes crisp and quick and also to  maintain a healthy libido. It improves bone density, muscle mass, strength and prevents some types of depression. Testosterone can also increase energy and aid in getting solid sleep!

Will I grow unwanted hair from testosterone?

There is less chance of excess hair growth with natural testosterone than with synthetic hormones. Light facial hair can grow when using testosterone pellets but normally not worse than when you were in your thirties. There are also medications that can help neutralize this side effect.

I have no libido—will this help?

Good hormone balance will greatly improve your libido but the addition of testosterone in pellet form will change everything for the better. Testosterone pellets have been known to save marriages! It is hard to imagine how much better you will feel after starting pellet therapy, but you will. Give it a try!

I have severe vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. Will pellets eliminate those symptoms?

The hormones released by the pellets enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the entire body. Many women experience improvement in these vaginal symptoms but some women do not. Due to the changes after menopause, sometimes the circulation to this area is not very rich and the dryness, burning and pain is not fully relieved. In those cases, you might wish to consider having a vaginal laser procedure known as ValayzaTM which is available with my colleague, Dr. Bryan Jick at Fair Oaks Women’s Health. Click here for more information about this amazing procedure.