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Q. Is Pellet therapy FDA approved?
Yes and No: The ingredients in the pellets are all FDA approved. The pharmacies that distribute the medication are regulated. The procedure itself (how the pellets are placed) is not FDA approved.
Q. Am I a candidate for hormone therapy?
Symptoms are the reason for therapy: hot flashes, night sweats, low libido, and fatigue are the most common.
Q. Do I have to have blood work done?
Yes, blood work is the way that your individualized therapy is determined. You will have three blood draws at the beginning of your therapy. First before pellets are given. The second four weeks after your pellets are placed. The last one will be before your second set of pellets is given. This last blood work is just to make sure that your dosage does not need any adjustments. At this point we have the dosage that you will need for the upcoming years.
Q. What are the names of the blood work that will be needed?
FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) Estradiol (measures estrogen) Testosterone TSH, (thyroid hormone)
Q. Does my insurance cover the lab work?
Many insurance plans will cover your labs, however, you will need to check with your specific plan.
Q. Does my insurance cover hormone pellet therapy?
For the majority of patients the answer is no. Most insurance companies will consider the therapy as investigational. You may be able to get a portion of the payment included in your deductible for the year. Call your insurance company for more information.
Q. How long will the pellets last?
You will need insertions every 3-4 months for women and every 6 months for men.
Q. What are the pellets made of?
Natural is the key! They are made from wild yams. Yams have the highest concentration of hormones of any substance. There are no known allergens associated with yams. The pellets are derived from yams and are all natural and bio-identical, meaning they are the exact replication of what the body makes naturally.
Q. How does the procedure work?
A small incision is made on the upper outer portion of the buttock, after numbing the skin. The small rice sized pellets are placed under the skin. The whole procedure takes less than 10 minutes.
Q. Can I return to work?