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As a new patient, you’ll receive thorough lab work as well as an in depth consultation with Dr. Rodgers who will review your results with you and identify if you’re a candidate for our hormone therapy program. The cost for this initial step is $200. From there, if hormone pellet therapy is recommended, treatments cost $650 for men and $350 for women.
Rather than carefully balancing all of your hormones, many clinics simply boost your testosterone or estrogen levels which can either accentuate the problem or not work at all. Hormones are delicate and should be balanced precisely in order for you to feel your absolute best. Dr. Rodgers has successfully performed over 5000 pellet treatments and is one of the longest-standing hormone experts in Utah. Dr. Rodgers values spending time with you and the opportunity to listen closely to what you’re experiencing. He then combines that understanding with knowledge gained through thorough lab work to build a highly-customized treatment plan designed just for you.
Although hormone pellet therapy is our preferred method of hormone therapy, it is not the only one that we can use. We can also use bioidentical gels and creams and testosterone shots. These therapies can have increased risks and problems over pellets. Pills by mouth can lead to liver disease and cancer. Shots are not bioidentical, leading to increased cholesterol and increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots. Gels and creams are bioidentical, meaning they are the same hormone that the body makes and knows how to metabolize but can be easily transmitted to others in your household, coworkers, and friends.
Prior to the insertion of the pellets, the correct individualized dose is calculated by Dr. Rodgers. During the in-office visit, which only takes a few minutes, you’ll be brought into the exam room, and the insertion site is numbed. The most common site of insertion is the upper buttocks. A small incision is then made for pellet insertion. Once the pellet is inserted, the site is covered with a small bandage (no stitches are needed).
Hormone pellet therapy provides the most sustained levels of hormones for the longest period of time without the “roller coaster” effect. The treatment usually lasts 3-4 months for women and 4-5 months for men. This treatment time depends on metabolism, diet, supplements, exercise, gender, and conditioning.
Hormone pellet therapy is very safe. We are replacing the missing hormones with the exact molecule that your body is used to making and metabolizing. Studies show that hormone pellet therapy causes no increased cancer risk and suggest that cancer risk may even be lowered.
Typically, there are no side effects or only minimal side effects from the pellets. If there are side effects, they could be mild pain at the insertion site, infection, swelling, or extruded pellets. Hormone therapy usually causes weight loss, however, initially, there might be a little weight gain from building more muscle mass. Once there is increased muscle, this will start to burn up excess fat.
During the week following hormone pellets, we encourage you to take showers as needed but don’t soak in water or do exercises on your gluteal muscles. You can exercise your upper body, go on level walks, and do leg exercises that don’t involve your gluteal muscles.
With pellet therapy you can feel like yourself again with more energy, less depression, better body composition, improved sex drive and function, fewer headaches, and better sleep. You may also decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s, heart attacks, strokes, osteoporosis, and wrinkles.
We can replace Estrogen and Testosterone with pellets. We also balance other hormones such as Progesterone, Thyroid, and Insulin with diet, supplementation, lifestyle changes, or medication if absolutely necessary.
Any adult with low or imbalanced hormone labs and with low hormone symptoms may be considered for hormone pellet therapy. You may discuss this with Doctor Rodgers to decide if this is the right treatment for you.
Hormone therapy replaces what the body is missing. We use your labs, symptoms, and health history to replace and balance what your body needs. Diet, hormone precursors, and supplements help, but do not replace the hormones that are low or imbalanced in your body.
Hormone pellet therapy uses bioidentical hormone pellets to treat hormone deficiencies and imbalances. Bioidentical means that the hormones used are the same molecule that the body makes and then metabolizes. The pellets are inserted under the skin. The blood supply then forms over the pellets, and with each heartbeat, the hormones are taken to be used by the target cells. This is very similar to how the hormones are taken up from the ovaries and testes. The pellets are active for 3-6 months, depending on multiple factors. The pellets completely dissolve, and do not need to be removed.