What is it?
SottoPelle is a hassle-free form of bioidentical estrogen and testosterone replacement therapy in the form of small pellet(s). They are placed in the patient, delivering biologically identical hormones that are available whenever needed by being absorbed directly which produces steady, consistent blood levels.
What symptoms does it treat?
Symptoms managed by the pellet can include: poor memory/concentration, low sex drive, depression, hot flashes/night sweats, headaches, insomnia(sleeplessness), bone pains, loss of energy, loss of muscle mass, loss of mental clarity, weight gain, anxiety, irritability, bone loss, and more.
Compare BHRT vs. HRT
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy contains the natural physiologic ratio of estrogen components decreasing the unwanted side effects.
How is it placed?
The pellets are placed in the subcutaneous tissue of the hip.
How long does it last?
Ideally, the pellet will be replaced every five to six months. Some patients need more frequent placement, particularly in the beginning.
Will my insurance cover it?
As of now, we are accepting cash only for the placement. The labs drawn will be subject to your insurance.
How will I know if it’s time for a replacement?
Labs can be drawn if unwanted symptoms are present.
How long has it been available?
Pellets have been available for over 70 years.
Does it increase my risk for cancer?
Studies have shown no increase in the incidence of breast cancer during the use of subcutaneous estradiol.
What screenings do I need before placement?
A current mammogram (if indicated) and pap smear is preferable. Patients who prefer not to have these screenings can decline.
Is if for men and women?
Both men and women have been benefiting from SottoPelle and both can be treated in our office.
Must I be menopausal?
No. Testosterone and small amounts of estradiol can be placed in women who are not menopausal.
What if I don’t like it?
Most people are very happy, but if it’s not for you it can be discontinued the pellets will dissolve.
Source: Tulsa Women’s Health Care . TWHC is a sponsor of KJRH.com.
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