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is $2400 too much to pay for a year of hormone pellet therapy?

By Anonymous May 30, 2009 - 1:45pm
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I've recently seen a doctor who requires a year-long commitment and payment of $2400 for pellet hormone therapy. This includes the pellets and insertion. She says the procedure is usually not covered by insurance. Blood tests are extra and covered by insurance. She says it varies but to expect the pellets to be replaced every 4 months, and usually sooner after the 1st insertion.

From what I've managed to find on the internet, this seems rather expensive to me, and i'm wondering what others have found in regard to the cost of this procedure (over the course of a year). Is this a reasonable price?

thanks for any information,

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A friend of mine had the pellets, was totally thrilled. Felt sexy, lost 15lbs, could think clearly and the depression was lifted. Felt like a young girl after a couple of days. Her doctor is 60 years old, and you would swear she is 35 she looks that good with the pellets

December 18, 2010 - 9:04pm
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I paid $2800 for the year.

October 23, 2010 - 7:54am

Thank you for sharing your resource.

Can you tell us how the pellets have helped you?

August 26, 2010 - 1:31pm
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Check out Dr. Marc Bartiss Manahawkin/Wayne NJ. He does pellets, is very good, probably charges way less.

A doctor in FL

August 26, 2010 - 1:09pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

A doctor in Florida or New Jersey is not going to help me as I'm in Maryland. I need someone in Maryland or West Virginia.

I did the year at $2400 and have just begun to re-up for another year. But I am not happy about it. Turns out I have a genetic problem with testosterone accumulating, so cannot take the testosterone pellets, and had to switch to a cream. So the only pellet I get now is estrogen, but that needs to be supplemented with vaginal estrogen. The pellets do peak and I get breast pain for at least a month this last round. Before I that I didn't.

While I think this doctor is a fine doctor, I think she needs to rethink the one size fits all payment plan, especially after the patient's needs are known. I think I will try to find someone else in this next year and do creams alone. My insurance will cover some of that and I will only pay for doctor visits -- which will not amount to $200 per month. And my insurance will likely reimburse me for some of that. They just balk at the $2400 figure and won't pay any of it.

August 26, 2010 - 9:13pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Sorry, I meant Maryland or Northern Virginia

August 26, 2010 - 9:15pm
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Absolutely NOT! I had hormone pellets inserted about 3 wks ago and I feel fabulous. For the first time since I had a hysterectomy--10 years ago--I am sleeping through the night! That ALONE is a good reason to do it, but besides that benefit I'm not nearly as grumpy (probably cause I'm sleeping at night!). I have more energy, less moodiness. It's been ALL GOOD for me. Got them from Dr. Matez at SmacBoca in Boca Raton.

August 7, 2009 - 2:21pm

I think it sounds high. My initial visit and implantation was around 500. Then when I go back to get the pellets re-inserted it's 250. I am going in to get an additional pellet of estradial and the Dr. told me she was charging me $35 for the pellet so it seems to me that your Dr. is really making a lot of money as the pellets themselves don't sound that expensive and the insertion is certainly not major surgery.

June 11, 2009 - 9:26am
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Shopping around is not yielding much result. The only place I could find before this was a Body Logic doctor in Virginia, who is not accepting new patients. I am located in Maryland (reasonably close to the virginia doc). My family doctor told me about this Maryland physician, and I'm fortunate to find her i suppose because i don't know of anyone else in MD who does this. I've done internet research, but can't find anyone else and don't know of any other means to locate a doctor who does this. Nothing comes up on searches.

But I can't see paying $2400 per year EVERY year for the forseable future, that just seems too high, especially when insurance will not cover it. Do prices get more reasonable over time for this kind of therapy?

thanks for answering

May 30, 2009 - 9:56pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hmmm...so this Dr Sara Berga really does NOT like pellet therapy, because she says (roughly) that it leads to highs and lows of hormones? Literally everyone else i've read on the subject says just the opposite. The only negative thing I've encountered is certain people objecting because of lack of FDA regulation. When FDA regulation is not likely because bio-identical hormones cannot be patented. And also we are talking about compounded substances.

Now I am very confused.

May 30, 2009 - 10:08pm
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