Bioidentical Hormones: Capsules, Creams, Pellets – Which is Best?

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Bioidentical Hormones: Capsules, Creams, Pellets - Which is Best?

Bioidentical hormone therapy has become common today as both women and men are realizing its many benefits. They sleep better, have more energy and lose weight. Restoring and balancing hormones also improves mood and libido, and relieves PMS, hot flashes, depression and anxiety. It improves memory and helps get rid of brain fog.

Since more doctors are dabbling in bioidentical hormones and offering an array of options, we want to help give you the best information so that you can make an informed decision for your health. Many people ask “what’s the best dosage form for bioidentical hormones?” While pellet therapy has recently become popular with some doctors, is it really the best way to take bioidentical hormones? We don’t believe so, and here’s why.

Bioidentical Hormones
Bioidentical hormones have the exact molecular structure as hormones produced by your body, so when you restore them, your body knows what to do with them. Just as a key fits perfectly into the right keyhole, bioidentical hormones do the same in your cells. Research shows that hormonal decline is associated with loss of body function and increase in disease. Studies demonstrate that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can improve sleep, fatigue, mood, cognitive function, bone mass, sexual function, muscle strength and body composition, and decrease inflammation. (1)

Methods of Bioidentical Hormone Delivery
While there are several methods of delivering bioidentical hormones to your body, today we will focus on three and explain why we believe capsules and creams are superior to pellet hormone therapy.

Capsules are able to deliver the exact dose that is prescribed by your doctor. You don’t have to rely on a “one size fits all” pill – you can take the dose that is needed for your particular health needs and symptoms. Capsules allow your doctor to individualize your dose and also make it easy to adjust your dose as you work with your doctor to find the right dose to alleviate your symptoms. With capsules, you can administer a higher dose than with creams.

Our doctors have experienced a lot of success with dispensing the bioidentical hormones in oral capsules. They have been pleased with the consistency of results and compliance that capsules allow, while our patients find them convenient and effective.

Creams, which deliver the hormones directly into your blood stream through your skin, may allow for lower absorption of hormones than capsules. Absorption depends upon time of year (humid or dry) and condition of your skin (hydrated, dry, irritated). All body sites are not as equally permeable. Application sites for the cream must be rotated, for instance, absorption could be different between the inner arm and inner thigh.  The higher the dose you need, the more cream you have to apply to your body. So if you are needing a higher dose, then capsules may be the best fit for you.

Capsules vs. Creams
Choosing between capsules and creams depends on a few factors: a) the dose needed, b) the patient’s preference, and c) what works best. For those patients who have experience with bioidentical hormones in both capsules and creams, many have found better results by taking them orally. Conversely, some patients prefer creams.

With capsules and creams, if a woman still has symptoms of a hormone deficiency, then the doctor is able to increase the dose immediately so symptoms can be resolved in a matter of hours or days. If the dose is too high, then skipping a dose for a few days is usually all that is needed to eliminate symptoms.

Pellet Therapy
Pellet therapy involves implants that are placed under the skin that release hormones into your body. The pellets, which are a little larger than a grain of rice, contain hormones (either estradiol or testosterone) which are pressed or fused into very small cylinders. (Note that progesterone can’t be used in pellets because it dissolves too quickly.) Then pellets are inserted under the skin through a small incision (either lower abdomen or upper buttocks) with local anesthesia. The incision is then closed with sutures or sterile tape strips. The pellets are replaced approximately every 3 to 5 months. They do not need to be removed – they are dissolved by the body. Patients can begin to feel relief starting anywhere from 48 hours up to 2 weeks after the pellets are implanted.

Hormone Overdosing/Underdosing with Pellet Therapy
Pellet therapy has its limitations and is sub-optimal if the dose is delivered incorrectly. If too much is given, it cannot be removed. It requires frequent visits to the doctor and pellet placement.

These implants are supposed to release small doses of hormones consistently, however this is not always the result. If the dose is too high, then that person is stuck with the negative symptoms for several months until the pellets dissolve. For instance, doctors have witnessed a man who became so irritable from an overdose of testosterone pellets that he couldn’t interact with his clients. Some people need to take a leave of absence from pellets for this reason. If the dose is too low, then they could take supplemental hormones, however it would be challenging for a physician to know how much to add and the dosing would be guesswork.

Restrictions After Pellet Insertion
To avoid the pellets from working their way out of the body, there are post-op instructions one must follow. After the insertion of the pellets, vigorous physical activity, bathing and swimming should be avoided for approximately 5 days. A shower may be taken as long as the incision isn’t scrubbed until it is well healed, after about a week.

Side Effects of Pellet Therapy
Discomfort at the injection site for the first week
Minor bleeding
Bruising
Swelling
Discoloration of the skin
Infection
Pellet extrusion
Redness and itching at the implant site

Hormones can be tricky for a doctor to dose, so they must be knowledgeable and experienced with prescribing bioidentical hormone therapy. While it may sound more convenient to have pellets inserted once every few months rather than take pills or apply creams, doctors still need to know what they are doing. Pellet therapy seems to be a fad right now, “everyone is doing it,” but are they doing it right?

Since 1989, we’ve had great success in treating over 30,000 people with bioidentical capsules and creams. If you are ready to feel better and get rid of your negative symptoms, then contact a wellness consultant today at 281-698-8698 so we can start you on the path to wellness.

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Comments

21 thoughts on “Bioidentical Hormones: Capsules, Creams, Pellets – Which is Best?

  1. Carolyn Hills

    I need a good hormone doctor. I was usi,g cream for 20 years after hysterectomy. Doctor said I was not absorbing it. Gave me a pellet and for 4 months my
    My estrogen went sky high and had diarrhea. Back on the cream now my testosterone is sky high.
    Need good hormone doctor.

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  2. Debbie Lake-Hinkle

    I’m in the DC area, in search of a very informed and knowledgeable wellness doctor. Please tell me, if you can make a few recommendations.

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    • Hotze Team

      Dear Debbie,

      Thank you for your question. We only have a wellness center in West Houston, however, you would only need to come here in person for your first visit with the doctor, which is very comprehensive. Then after that, your follow-up appointments can be done over the phone.

      If we may be of service to you, please contact our wellness consultants for a complimentary wellness consultation at 281-698-8698.

      To your health,

      Hotze Team

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    • Hotze Team

      Dear Gina,

      Thank you for your question. Most doctors who treat naturally do not take insurance. We do not contract with insurance companies because to do so would not allow us to treat you naturally.

      If we may be of service to you, please do not hesitate to call our wellness consultants for a complimentary consultation at 281-698-8698. We see people from all over the world, and you would only need to come here in person for your first comprehensive visit with the doctor. Follow-ups can be done over the phone.

      To your health,

      Hotze Team

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  3. Brenda Anderson

    I get 50 mg. Estrogen, and 50 mg. Testosterone bio identical pellets, at 2 and half months my moods and headaches worsen! I read where progesterone could help , do they make a bio identical capsule of progestrone!?

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    • Hotze Team

      Dear Brenda,

      Yes, bioidentical progesterone in capsule form is available. If the pellets don’t release the correct amount of hormones consistently, then you can have negative symptoms. It’s much more difficult to tweak your dose on pellets. Our doctors do not favor the pellet therapy. With capsules, our doctors can tweak your dose more quickly and adjust it so that you see relief of your symptoms.

      Here is a good article on the many benefits of progesterone:
      https://www.hotzehwc.com/2017/04/10-reasons-you-cant-live-without-progesterone/

      If we may be of service to you, please contact our wellness consultants for a complimentary wellness consultation at 281-698-8698. Thank you for your question.

      To your health,

      Hotze Team

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  4. Sharon

    I am currently on the Bio-Te pellet after full hysterectomy. I used the .075 patch successfully but thought a pellet would be more convenient. My prior testosterone level was 13. The Doctor told me the pellet was 300. At 6wks my follow up blood work showed my Testosterone level at 150. What is normal? I have no idea. I just know I’ve gained weight and feel swollen every day. Help!

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    • Hotze Team

      Dear Sharon,

      Thank you for your question. The best way to tell if you are on the right dose of hormones is if your symptoms are resolved. The fact that you have gained weight and feel swollen is an indicator that you are not on the correct dose of hormones for you. The dose varies for each person’s individual needs.

      The problem with the pellet therapy is that if they don’t release the correct amount of hormones consistently, then you can have negative symptoms. Also, if the amount of hormones that are being released are either too much or too little for what your body needs, then it is much more difficult to tweak your dose on pellets since you often have to wait weeks to remove the pellets. Our doctors do not favor the pellet therapy. With capsules, our doctors can tweak your dose more quickly and immediately and adjust it so that you see relief of your symptoms.

      Please take our symptom checker to find out if you have other symptoms of hormone imbalance:
      https://www.hotzehwc.com/symptom-checker/

      If we may be of service to you, please contact our wellness consultants for a complimentary wellness consultation at 281-698-8698. We will be happy to help you!

      To your health,

      Hotze Team

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  5. Terri

    I live in New Mexico and have taken bio-identical cream. Trial and error, I asked the doctor to separate the testosterone cream which I only add a tiny bit to my estrogen cream. I was loosing my hair with too much testosterone. Hope this helps.

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    • Hotze Team

      Dear Theresa,

      Thank you for your question. We only have a center in Houston, yet we see people from all over the world. You only need to come here in person for your initial visit with the doctor for your comprehensive evaluation, and after that, your follow-up appointments may be done over the phone. If we may be of service to you, please call our wellness consultants for a complimentary consultation at 281-698-8698. Thank you!

      To your health,

      Hotze Team

      Reply

    • Jennifer Johnson

      Dear Theresa,

      We only have a wellness center in Houston, however we see patients from all over the world. You would only need to come here for your first visit with the doctor which is comprehensive. After that, follow ups may be done over the phone. If we may be of service to you, please contact our wellness consultants at 281-698-8698 for a complimentary consultation.

      To your health,

      Hotze Team

      Reply

    • Hotze Team

      Dear Theresa,

      We only have a wellness center in Houston, however we see patients from all over the world. You would only need to come here for your first visit with the doctor which is comprehensive. After that, follow ups may be done over the phone. If we may be of service to you, please contact our wellness consultants at 281-698-8698 for a complimentary consultation.

      To your health,

      Hotze Team

      Reply

  6. karen

    I just had my testosterone level checked and it is a 7. Im a 53 year old woman and had a partial hysterectomy at 40. Isn’t that a pretty low level? I have depression, no libido, and mood swings

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    • Hotze Team

      Dear Karen,

      Thank you for your question. Our doctors focus primarily on symptoms to determine what is going on with your hormones. If you are still having depression, no libido and mood swings, then your hormones are still not at their optimal levels for you – which could possibly include your testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and thyroid hormones. Your symptoms are telling you that something is still not in balance. Here is a good article to help explain this: https://www.hotzehwc.com/2017/07/what-happens-to-your-hormones-after-a-hysterectomy/

      Please take our symptom checker quiz to help determine what could be the cause of your symptoms: https://www.hotzehwc.com/symptom-checker/

      If we may be of service to you, please contact a wellness consultant for a complimentary wellness consultation at 281-698-8698. We will be happy to help you.

      To your health,

      Hotze Team

      Reply

  7. Marie

    I had a full hysterectomy 1 year and half ago. I opted out of HRT due to family history of cancer. Now I am experiencing severe bladder incontinence, it happened 2 months after my year anniversary of hysterectomy. My doctor prescribe vaginal estrogren to help. I am concerned of cancer if I take this. He also suggested estrogren oral for my hair, skin, and bone concerns. I am at a loss of what to do.

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  8. Susan

    Please help i am from South Africa my dr. put me on Premarin 0.625 i have severe cramps in my calves. I am 62 at 59 they removed my uterus and overasies i complain about the cramps he described magnesuim and potasuim that did not help. I just read your article and there i saw my problem with the premarin. How long must i use hormones ? now for the rest of my life. Please send me a name for that biiodentical capsule. Thanks for your help

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    • Hotze Team

      Dear Susan,

      We are so sorry to hear about your cramps. Magnesium can help with cramps. It comes in capsule, tablet, liquid or transdermal gel form (www.HotzeVitamins.com) You are also correct that Premarin can cause leg cramps. Our doctors do not recommend Premarin, which is horse estrogen. They recommend bioidentical hormones that are identical to your human hormones. We would recommend working with your doctor to switch to bioidentical estrogen. Here is an article that may be helpful: https://www.hotzehwc.com/2017/07/what-you-need-to-know-about-hormone-replacement-therapy-for-menopause/

      For your consideration, we do see patients from all over the world. You would only need to come here in person for your first comprehensive visit with the doctor, then you follow-up appointments may be done over the phone. If you would like a complimentary wellness consultation, please call us at 281-698-8698 and we will be happy to help.

      To your health,

      Hotze Team

      Reply

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