New breakthrough hormone replacement therapy available in Knox

New breakthrough hormone replacement therapy available in Knoxville

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The Nancy Vick Center for Women in North Knoxville recently began offering what's called "Sottopelle" therapy, or bio-identical hormone pellets. (source: Sottopelletherapy.com) The Nancy Vick Center for Women in North Knoxville recently began offering what's called "Sottopelle" therapy, or bio-identical hormone pellets. (source: Sottopelletherapy.com)
"I really didn't realize how tired I was. My energy level had dropped. Just thought I'm getting older, that's just the way that it is, and memory loss," Brenda Davis said. "I really didn't realize how tired I was. My energy level had dropped. Just thought I'm getting older, that's just the way that it is, and memory loss," Brenda Davis said.
Amy Brackins says the pellets last anywhere from three to six months, which is much more convenient than other types of hormone replacement therapy. Amy Brackins says the pellets last anywhere from three to six months, which is much more convenient than other types of hormone replacement therapy.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - You reach a certain time in your life and you hear the words "hormone replacement therapy." No two types of treatment are alike, but a breakthrough therapy is now available in Knoxville.

For starters, this new hormone replacement therapy comes in the form of pellets no bigger than a grain of rice. The pellets are placed just under your skin and work to balance hormones by using an all natural, plant based version.

The Nancy Vick Center for Women in North Knoxville recently began offering what's called "Sottopelle" therapy, or bio-identical hormone pellets.

Brenda Davis was one of the first in line.

"I really didn't realize how tired I was. My energy level had dropped. Just thought I'm getting older, that's just the way that it is, and memory loss," Davis said.

Davis had tiny pellets containing estrogen and other hormones inserted just under the skin.

Amy Brackins is certified in treating patients with this type of therapy. She ran down a checklist of what the pellets can take care of.

"Night sweats and hot flashes, any type of low energy, fatigue. Memory loss is a big one - kind of that foggy mental brain that you sometimes get. It's like 'Oh, I know what the word is, but I can't think of it,'" she said.

Brackins says the pellets last anywhere from three to six months, which is much more convenient than other types of hormone replacement therapy.

"They're designed to go underneath the skin, so it's not something that's absorbed through the liver like when you take an oral pill. What happens is the blood system actually develops around the pellet and so each time your heart beats, it kind of picks up the exact dose that it needs," Brackins said.

The entire procedure from numbing the area to inserting the pellets takes about five minutes.

Brenda Davis says the pellets have made a world of difference for her.

"I just feel better, totally better than I did before," she said.

Studies show there can be a few side effects like facial hair and acne, but Brackins says they usually subside in a few days.

The pellets are also being used on men.

Some insurance companies cover this, but be sure to check with your doctor to see if this is right for you.

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