FAQ – Men’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Why do men need Testosterone Pellets?

As men get older, they will have a decrease in testosterone levels. This can cause not only numerous symptoms but can also lead to medical problems.

A study that was performed by the Veterans Administration showed an increase in death rate among men with testosterone levels in the low range of 250ng/dl. Other studies showed an increase in heart attacks of men with testosterone levels in the low range of normal. Many physicians do not test men’s levels of testosterone because in our training in medical school and residency, we were not taught how testosterone could affect our health. Low levels of testosterone can potentially contribute to the risk of the following medical problems :

*Heart Disease
*Decrease sexual desire
*Erectile dysfunction
*Increase body fat
*Loss of muscle mass

What are some of the signs of low testosterone?

*Burnt out feeling
*Decrease muscle mass
*Weight gain
*Joint pain
*Decrease in morning erections
*Decrease in libido

What is involved with treatment and when will I feel better?

You will need to have blood work performed before your initial consultation with the Doctor.

If you are found to be a good candidate, than Testosterone pellets will be placed into your upper buttocks through a small stab wound. The area is first numbed with local anesthetic. It is a virtually painless procedure.

You will then need your blood levels tested every 3 months to check if the dosage is accurate, and would come back every 4 -5 months for new pellet placement.

You will notice an increase in energy in about a month, as well as an increased sex drive. An increase in muscle mass will take 6-8 months to start to notice. Sometimes, you may not start feeling better and see an improvement with many of your symptoms until after your second pellet treatment.

Are there any side effects of Testosterone replacement?

There are a few side effects that can occur with testosterone replacement. It can cause a decrease in sperm count, but this would return to normal once treatment was stopped.

Another side effect is testosterone can cause an increase in your red blood cell count. If it increases above the normal range, this could cause your blood to thicken and lead to a blood clot. The treatment for this is donating blood to your local blood bank.