Hormone Pellet Therapy sarasota & bradenton

Hormone Pellet Therapy for Male and Females in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL

What is hormone pellet therapy?

Hormone Pellets are made up of either estradiol (Female) or testosterone pellet (Male). The hormone pellets are pressed or fused into very small solid cylinders. These pellets are larger than a grain of rice and smaller than a ‘tic tac’.  In the United  States, the majority of pellets are made by compounding pharmacists, delivered in sterile glass vials, and used often in alternative medicine.

Why should I choose hormone pellet therapy?

Pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3-5 months in  women and 4-6 months in men. They avoid the fluctuations, or ups and  downs, of hormone levels seen with every other method of delivery.  Estrogen delivered by subcutaneous pellets, maintains the normal ratio  of estradiol to estrone. This is important for optimal health and  disease prevention. Pellets do not increase the risk of blood clots like  conventional or synthetic hormone replacement therapy.

In studies, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy,  pellets have been shown to be superior for relief of menopausal and  andropausal symptoms (male hormone decline or “male menopause”),  maintenance of bone density, restoration of sleep patterns, and  improvement in sex drive, libido, sexual response and performance. 

How are the hormone pellets inserted?

The insertion of pellets is a simple, relatively painless procedure done  under local anesthesia. The pellets are usually inserted in the lower  abdominal wall or upper buttocks through a small incision, which is then  taped, closed. The experience of the health care professional matters a  great deal, not only in placing the pellets, but also in determining  the correct dosage of hormones to be used.   Dr. Rucker has years of experience as a hormone physician and is well versed with bioidentical hormones and the variety of applications.

How long until patient feels better after beginning hormone pellet therapy?

Most female patients begin to ‘feel better’ within 48-72 hours while  others may take a week or two to notice a difference. Men usually take  2-4 weeks before they start to notice the benefits of the pellets. Diet  and lifestyle, along with hormone balance are critical for optimal  health. Stress is a major contributor to hormone imbalances and illness.   

How long does hormone pellet therapy last?

The pellets usually last between 3-5 months in women and 4-6 months in  men. The pellets do not need to be removed. The pellets completely dissolve on their own. 

Two consultations are required; one before and one after the first  pellet insertion. After that, consultations are only needed once a year,  when they are required by a patient who requires a change in dosage or  to review laboratory results in complicated cases. 

How come I have never heard of hormone pellet therapy?

Pellets are not patented and have not been marketed in the United  States. They are frequently used in Europe and Australia where  pharmaceutical companies produce pellets. Most of the research on  pellets is out of Europe and Australia. Pellets were frequently used in  the United States from about 1940 through the late 70’s prior to when  oral patented estrogens began being marketed to the public.

Pellets have been used in both men and women since the late 1930’s. In  fact, there is more data in support of pellets than any other method of  delivery of hormones worldwide.  


Two consultations are required; One before and one after the first pellet insertion. After that, consultations are only needed once a year, when they are required by a patient who requires a change in dosage or to review laboratory results in complicated cases.

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