Testosterone Pellet Therapy for Men
Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy is the only method of testosterone therapy that gives sustained and consistent testosterone levels throughout the day for three to four months without any “roller coaster” blood levels of testosterone, which can result in mood and energy fluctuations.
Pellet therapy uses hormones derived from natural plant sources to replicate the body’s normal testosterone levels. A compounding pharmacist, using strict federal guidelines, compounds the testosterone used in the pellets to match your specific testosterone deficiency. These pellets, which are not much bigger than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin. Pellets consistently release small, physiologic doses of testosterone that provide optimal therapy.
Bio Identical Testosterone Pellet Therapy for Men Charleston SC
The hormone pellet implantation procedure is easily performed in the office.
Benefits of Testosterone Pellets Replacement Therapy for Men
- Improved libido and sexual performance
- Increased muscle mass
- Reduced fat mass
- Stabilized moods
- Enhanced focus and drive
- Lowered risk of certain diseases
The benefits of Testosterone Pellet Therapy
Pellet therapy offers many of the same benefits as other BHRT delivery methods, but it has some distinct features that set it apart, including:
No hassle dosing. The pellet is inserted and goes to work – no need to remember to take a pill or swipe on a cream. And, since the pellet is slowly metabolized by the body over time, patients don’t have to worry if they took too much or not enough
Minimizes fluctuations between treatments. Pellets are designed to work with each patient’s body chemistry, releasing a natural dose of hormones throughout the treatment cycle.
The process is quick. Local anesthetic is applied to the injection site, a tiny incision is made in the skin and the pellet is put into place by trained medical staff and sealed with a piece of medical tape. There is no need for stitches or fear of scarring.
Bio Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy FAQ
Q: What are Pellets?
A: Pellets are natural implants composed of testosterone. Using strict federal guidelines, a compounding pharmacist compounds and fuses hormones into pellets about the size of a grain of rice.
Q: Why pellets?
A: Patients seeking bioidentical hormone therapy in many cases find that pellet therapy is the most convenient and consistent method of delivery. Pellets deliver steady levels of hormone throughout the course of treatment, mimicking the natural secretion process of the body. Patients do not experience the hormonal fluctuations that may be seen with other delivery methods.
Pellets, in many cases, are the preferred method of testosterone therapy since it is natural, painless, and produces quick results. Pellet implantation has consistently proven to be an effective hormone therapy method to boost sex drive, libido, sexual response and performance in men.
Pellets are exclusively available for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, further reducing risks associated with synthetic (traditional) hormone therapy.
Q: How and where are pellets inserted?
A: Pellets insertion is a simple and painless procedure completed during a short office visit. After local anesthesia is administered, the pellets are inserted underneath the skin in the upper hip area through a small incision which is then closed with a piece of medical tape. The discomfort level has been compared to a standard blood draw.
Q: Are there any side effects or complications from the insertion of the pellets?
A: An expert healthcare professional can determine the correct dosage of hormones to be administered for the patient’s unique needs so there is minimal risk of complications or side effects. Patient may have slight bruising or discoloration of the skin at the site of the insertion. Rare complications, such as infection and extrusion of the pellet may occur. It is recommended that men should not participate for up to 5 days to ensure the pellet does not work its way out of the skin.
For men, testosterone could cause an elevation in the red blood cells. If this is the case, a unit of blood may be donated to decrease the blood count.
Q: Why haven’t I heard about Pellets?
A: Hormone replacement using pellet implants has had great success in the United States since the 1930s. Pellets were a popular mode of hormone administration until the 1970s when the introduction of oral patented commercial products became mainstream. Even though the popularity of pellet therapy declined, the use and research of pellet implants continued throughout Europe and Australia where pharmaceutical companies continue to produce pellets. Advances have been made in the process of pellet therapy in the last 10 years and the benefits of pellet implants for hormone replacement are more realized leading to the current surge in popularity in the U.S.
Q: Do men need hormone therapy?
A: Beginning in their thirties, men may notice a decrease in testosterone levels and may even become testosterone deficient, showing signs such as bone loss, lack of sleep, moodiness, and sexual dysfunction. Men should be tested when they begin to show signs of testosterone deficiency to avoid long-term effects on health and quality of life. At the age of 50, most men experience symptoms of low testosterone that impair their lifestyle and/or overall health. By the age of 70, a man’s testosterone is a mere fraction of what it was in his twenties.
Testosterone pellets have been shown to increase energy, relieve depression, boost sexual function, increase sense of wellbeing, relieve anxiety, and improve memory and concentration among men with low testosterone.
Q: What if my primary care physician or my gynecologist says that there is ‘no data’ to support the use of testosterone implants?
A: Busy practitioners usually do not take the time to read the research on bioidentical hormone therapy. It is important for the patient to seek the guidance of a physician who is an expert in bioidentical hormone therapy and consult with a doctor who has specialized knowledge and skills in pellet therapy.
Q: Will hormone therapy with testosterone pellets help with hair loss?
A: An inadequate amount of testosterone can cause hair loss. Testosterone pellet therapy can help stimulate hair regrowth and patients have found that their hair becomes thicker and less dry with sustained hormone levels.
Q: How long until a patient feels better after pellets are inserted?
A: Some patients may experience noticeable differences within a day or two, however more evident results are often observed within one to two weeks. As always, a healthy diet and exercise are vital components to any treatment plan for optimal improvement of overall health.
Q: How long do pellets last?
A: Pellets usually last three to five months for men. Since the pellets dissolve on their own there is no need for them to be removed.
Q: How are hormones monitored during therapy?
A: Hormone levels are drawn and evaluated before therapy begins—every patient receives a customized treatment plan. Levels of estradiol and testosterone are evaluated before therapy is initiated in both men and women. Men will need a blood count taken as well to ensure follow up levels remain stable after implantation. Patients on hormone therapy should maintain routine appointments and follow-ups with their attending physician.
Q: Will insurance cover the procedure?
A: Some insurance companies do cover pellet therapy. Patients are advised to contact their insurance company to determine eligibility of coverage.
Q: Can a patient be allergic to the implants?
A: Since the components of the pellet are derived from natural plant sources, there is little to no risk of allergic reaction to the pellet. Very rarely, a patient will notice redness and itching at the site of the implant. Most often this problem is caused by a reaction to the skin adhesive or medical tape used to close the incision.