The use of bioidentical hormone implants (pellets), first used in the 1950s, is one of the best ways to restore healthy hormone levels in both men and women. Dr. Kaye has an expertise in the use of these pellets for hormone restoration, having performed hundreds of implant procedures successfully at his office in Woburn, MA.
Tiny pellets of pure testosterone, estradiol, estriol, progesterone, or other medicines such as anastrozole or finasteride are inserted under the skin by the physician. The procedure is quick, painless, and very cost- effective. The pellets last about 4 months and dissolve completely.
Medically, pellets are an ideal solution for BHRT since the blood levels are consistent and physiologic (meaning normal for the body). The blood levels are easily followed with standard blood tests, avoiding costly and difficult to perform saliva testing. The body responds best to steady, normal levels of hormone, in contrast to creams or injections in which the levels rise and fall drastically with each dose. Creams can wash off and injectable hormones can cause problems with infections and injections are painful. Both creams and injectable hormones can be lost or forgotten when travelling. Pellets are a "set it and forget it" method of hormone restoration. We monitor levels of the implanted hormones and their metabolites as well as PSA and hematocrit to ensure safe and optimal dosing.
Ideal candidates for pellet therapy are peri or postmenopausal women, women who have had a hysterectomy and require hormone replacement, women with migraine headaches, and men of any age with low testosterone.
Dr. Kaye has implanted thousands of pellets without complications. It is very important to have pellets inserted by a physician who is both skilled in the pellet procedure but also in the nuances of hormone metabolism to ensure correct dosing and to avoid unpleasant or dangerous side effects. You will get much better results from a holistic and board-certified physician such as Dr. Kaye who not only inserts pellets skillfully but also attends to your nutrition, detoxification, hormone balance and treatment of all your medical issues. There are many clinics now advertising pellet services, but a one-size fits all approach from a clinic that just inserts pellets is not the answer. Your results will be much improved if you choose a physician who can create an individualized hormone pellet program for you and combines it with a complete wellness program.
A testosterone and an estradiol pellet are smaller than a dime but last 4-5 months!