As we age, hormones steadily decline just when we need them most to counteract fatigue, mood changes, infection, and obesity. Testosterone is one of those hormones, and plays a vital role in the mental and physical health of both men and women. Testosterone replacement therapy can restore hormone balance to levels you experienced in your 30’s, helping you to feel better and recover faster from workouts and injuries.
Compared to conventional replacement therapies, pellet therapy is the most natural way to deliver testosterone in both men and women, and can help improve:
Strength and endurance
Sleep and fatigue
Body fat and blood sugar levels
Risk of certain cancers
When should I be tested for hormone deficiency?
While many women believe they must be menopausal to benefit from hormone therapy, women of any age may experience hormone imbalance. By the time a woman is in her 40’s, her testosterone levels have decreased by half. Fluctuating or declining testosterone levels can contribute to debilitating symptoms, including severe PMS, post-partum depression, menstrual or migraine headaches, and sleeping disorders.
Testosterone levels begin to decline in men beginning in their 30’s, but some men maintain adequate levels of testosterone for longer than others. Men should be tested when they begin to show signs of testosterone deficiency, including decreased bone or muscle mass, increased body fat, mood changes, decreased sex drive and libido, and physical fatigue. While most men need to be tested around 50 years of age, it is never too late to benefit from hormone therapy.
What does pellet therapy do?
Often referred to as the “male” hormone, testosterone is actually present in both sexes, for very important reasons. Testosterone helps to regulate many functions within the body, including brain function, bone mass, muscle mass and strength, fat distribution, and sex drive. As we age, it becomes increasingly important to keep our testosterone levels balanced to protect against fatigue, mood swings, disease, and obesity. Pellet therapy is the most effective way to properly prepare your body to manage these issues.
Why do you use testosterone pellets over other types of hormone therapy?
Hormone pellets are the best way to deliver hormones in both men and women, as well as the most convenient for patients. Implants consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones, providing optimal therapy. With the once-daily use of gels and creams, you can experience significant peaks and valley which can cause unwanted side effects and symptoms. Pellets also avoid the increased risks of blood clots and breast cancer, as seen with injected hormonal therapies.
How are pellets placed?
Pellet insertion is a simple and painless 10-minute in-office procedure. After the skin is numbed with lidocaine, the small pellet is inserted into the upper buttock area. Sterile tape strips are applied to the insertion site, which can be removed after 3-5 days.
What are the potential side effects?
While bio-identical testosterone itself does not have serious side effects, it can be confused with synthetic anabolic steroids or non-human steroids. While metabolites of testosterone, such as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estrogens, can cause side effects, they can be closely monitored and adequately controlled to minimize any potential side effects.
How effective is this procedure?
Testosterone pellets typically last 3 months in women and 4 months in men. Hormone levels and symptoms are reevaluated periodically so that adjustments can be made before the next round of levels.