Testosterone Pellet Therapy
Pellet therapy has been around since the 1930s–the concept is probably about the same age as Premarin, but much like other bioidentical hormones, a lack of approval from the FDA has left the public fearful of the consequences of use.
In 2008, the FDA gave its blessing to Slate Pharmaceutical’s Testopel, bioidentical testosterone pellet therapy designed exclusively for men. Many have discovered the ease and effectiveness of this delivery method for testosterone, making it increasingly popular for men and women.
Testosterone delivered by pellet implant, has been used to treat migraines and menstrual headaches. It may also be an effective treatment for vaginal dryness, incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency. In both men and women, testosterone has been shown to increase energy, relieve depression, increase sense of well-being, relieve anxiety and improve memory and concentration. Testosterone pellets increase lean body mass (muscle strength, bone density) and decrease fat mass. Men and women need adequate levels of testosterone for optimal mental and physical health and for the prevention of chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which have been associated with low testosterone levels.
In men, testosterone pellet therapy can improve erectile dysfunction (including throwing out your Viagra) and ensure regardless of age, you can keep up with your high-profile job and those youthful co-workers walking through the door. Low testosterone is among the most common issues facing the aging male. It affects multiple aspects of their lives, including sex drive, incontinence and maintenance of muscle mass. Testosterone is also the hormone of desire and arousal.
Insertion is a simple in-office procedure and is less painful than drawing blood. Your doctor applies local anesthesia and makes an incision in the upper hip area, placing the pellet inside, which is smaller than a Tic-Tac and only slightly larger than a grain of rice. No stitches are necessary – the incision is so small, it can be closed up with a piece of tape, although sometimes a single stitch may be used.
Safety is the most common concern when it comes to new drugs or drugs that a majority of the public is unfamiliar with. In 2009, the Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study analyzing the data from multiple studies of pellet therapy as far back as December of 2003 through April of 2008. The study focused on male subjects and found that 86 percent of the patients were satisfied with the improvement of their symptoms and the ease of insertion. No patient that followed post-insertion directions experienced any adverse side effects, such as infection or pellet extrusion.
ABOUT Testosterone Pellets
TESTOSTERONE PELLETS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP RESTORE LOW TESTOSTERONE LEVELS
Helps restore testosterone levels for 3 to 4 months, sometimes up to 6 months
Can be covered by a majority of commercial insurance plans although typically we find that most do not at this time.
TESTOSTERONE PELLET THERAPY MAY BE THE RIGHT FIT FOR IF YOU:
- Are looking for a long-acting testosterone replacement therapy
- Would like a product with dosing every 3 to 4 months
- Can manage the treatment regimen
- Are interested in an in-office procedure
TESTOSTERONE PELLETS ARE DISCREET
Dr. Wright implants them under the skin and they slowly release testosterone over time
They do not carry risk of transference like creams can.
Testosterone Replacement Therapies Have Different Dosing Regimens
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Pre and Post Procedure Screening:
Dr. Wright will check a hormone panel at your first visit to evaluate a number of hormones that could be the cause of your symptoms. Once those are complete Dr. Wright will review the blood work and make a recommendation of the type and amount of hormone replacement. After your pellets have been placed there will be a 1 month blood test to recheck your hormone levels to make sure that the appropriate progress is being made.
Pellet Placement Procedure:
It is an in-office procedure taking about 15 minutes.
You may apply ice to the site for 20–30 minutes every hour after insertion, as needed. You may consider taking a pain reliever as recommended by your Dr. Wright if discomfort continues. Remember, you might experience tenderness at the site for a few days following insertion as well as some minor redness and swelling. Avoid hot tubs, swimming, or full water immersion of the insertion site for 2 weeks. The bandage may be removed after 48 hrs and the stitch will dissolve in about a week. Avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for 24–72 hours.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Discharge from insertion site
- Excessive redness or swelling
- Chills and/or fever greater than 101.5 F
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Excessive tenderness
- Any other symptoms