Of all hormonal replacement modalities, only pellet therapy can provide hormonal balance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dr. Melvin Ashford
Natural Bio-Identical, Pellet Hormone Replacement Therapy
What is pellet therapy?
Hormone Pellet Therapy is an all-natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapy that specializes in the use of subcutaneous testosterone and estradiol pellets. This small pellet – about the size of a TicTac – is inserted under the skin. The pellet delivery method allows for the continual release of the hormone – the key to improving brain and muscle function. Other delivery methods result in sporadic, or a “roller coaster,” effect in the delivery and release of hormones within the body. These methods include pills, patches, injectables, and creams.
This method was first used in 1937 in England and Australia. The use of biologically identical, non-synthetic testosterone and estradiol is safe, and the use of pellets provides an effective delivery method.
Literature shows that the use of pellets and all natural testosterone carries less risk compared to synthetic testosterone. We use a science based approach to prescribing (dosing) the patient the appropriate amount of testosterone and/or estradiol based on specific factors about the individual and their blood analysis. This results in achieving physiologic hormonal balance - something research has shown is absolutely vital to good health and well-being. Of all hormonal replacement modalities, only pellet therapy can provide this balance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Why do women consider pellet hormone therapy?
At Minnesota Women's Care we believe in providing the best care based on each woman's unique needs. For women suffering from hot flashes, emotional ups and downs, decreased sex drive, deteriorating bone conditions and all the negative consequences of hormone deficiencies, Hormone Pellet Therapy provides a great answer that restores quality of life. It is this desire to get back to life that makes women consider pellet hormone therapy and to continue with it once they experience relief.
Demonstrated reduction in invasive breast cancer
There's another reason women may consider hormone therapy: a recent 10 year study demonstrated a 39% lower incidence of (invasive) breast cancer in T users compared to the ‘age-matched’ SEER expected incidence. Read more about this important study below.
WHAT MAKES MINNESOTA WOMEN'S CARE SPECIAL
Compare and Save: Minnesota Women's Care Provides Affordable Access to Pellet Hormone Therapy
We are committed to providing treatment to women in the most affordable way possible. Here's what you need to know about costs:
- More than 50% of our patients have insurance coverage for their pellet therapy.
- When insurance coverage isn't possible, the annual cost for hormone pellet therapy at Minnesota Women's Care is often less than $1,000 per calendar year.
Important New Study
Incidence of invasive breast cancer reduced by 39% in women treated with testosterone implants
From the study:
Our 10-year analysis of the Dayton study demonstrated a 39% lower incidence of (invasive) breast cancer in T users compared to the ‘age-matched’ SEER expected incidence. This was not surprising. Although a detailed discussion of the favorable effect of T in the breast is beyond the scope of this paper, it is known that T’s direct effect at the androgen receptor (AR) is antiproliferative, proapoptotic, and inhibits ER α and breast cancer growth [1, 3]. Clinical studies in primates and humans support the inhibitory effect of T in the breast [1,2,3]. We have demonstrated remarkable responses (clinical exam, mammography, ultrasound) of hormone receptor positive tumors to T + aromatase inhibitor implant therapy in the neoadjuvant setting, further confirming the direct beneficial effect of T at the AR [8, 9]. T also improves glycemic control and attenuates the inflammatory process, both of which could have a beneficial effect on the incidence of breast cancer [14, 15, 32, 33].
What our patients say:
Removing a Hormone Pellet
A number of patients have asked us how the pellet is removed if for some reason their Hormone Pellet Therapy doesn't work for them. Though it's rare, Dr. Ashford prepared this video of the removal process so you can see exactly how it's done.