The Gerald M. De Wester Treatment and Research Center 6447 S. East Street, Suite D Indianapolis, IN 46227 317-735-1809 Phone 317-735-1951 fax                      Implantable Hormone Pellet Therapy Another advantage of treatment at DTRC is the availability of treatment by surgical implantation of subcutaneous sex hormone pellets.  For some this treatment is chosen because of the convenience of a treatment dosed two-four times a year.  On the other hand, for patients seeking alleviation of mood  and migraine symptoms pellet therapy is the superior choice because of its ability to deliver consistently smooth levels, critical in the alleviation of such symptoms.                          Frequently Asked Questions About Pellet Therapy What are implantable hormone pellets? These are tic-tac sized medications that are placed just under the skin. For most people they last 4 to 6 months. Aren’t Hormone pellets referred to as “bioidentical”? Yes; however, none of the currently available hormone treatments are truly bioidentical.  What is true is that pellet delivered sex hormone therapy does share a number of aspects with how your body naturally provides itself with hormones.  Some of these aspects have been demonstrated to be of importance to certain types of patients, for example smooth consistent delivery in patients with mood or migraine problems influenced by sex hormones. How much time does pellet placement take? It takes just about 10 minutes to place pellets. You can be back at work that day. Are stitches needed? No. A simple tape and gauze dressing is all that is needed. Does it hurt? No. We gently numb the area before placing pellets with specially prepared anesthetic to cause minimal discomfort. Where do you place the pellets? Just below the beltline toward the rear of the hip. Will I know they are there? No.  Within a week following insertion most patients carry on with life without awareness of their presence.                       Examples of sex hormones related syndromes                                          welcomed at DTRC Your desire for sex has dramatically diminished since starting oral contraceptives You are experiencing partial or complete lack of response to treatments for anxiety and/             or depression You are experiencing unpredictable mood swings, irregular periods, sweats, sexual             problems, and fatigue since starting progesterone only contraception                              (Depoprogesterone, Camila, Implanon, etc.)  You are plagued with migraines and/or mood swings that occur monthly around the time             of your  cycle   You are fatigued, losing muscle tone, gaining  central fat, even though your diet and             exercise have been maintained You have noticed being less motivated, less as sertive, less productive, and more             irritable  at home and at work   You initiate sex less, are less uninhibited  when you do  so, and orgasm with less in             tensity  and frequency You are having increasing problems with vaginal dryness, poor lubrication, feeling             warmer, and sleep disturbance since starting low dose estrogen contraception. You’re experiencing any of the above and were told by  your physician that it wasn’t re             lated to your  sex hormones Common symptoms associatedwith sex hormones in Women Adams Survery
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