The most common male steroid hormone is testosterone. Most people are aware that this hormone promotes a healthy libido. Testosterone also impacts numerous areas regarding the individual’s health. This includes muscle mass, body fat, bone density, mood and red blood cell count. When the levels of testosterone are normal, the range is between 300 and 1,000. If a blood test reveals the level of testosterone is well below what is normal, testosterone replacement therapy is often recommended. This may include testosterone pellets, intramuscular injections or both. In most cases, a qualified medical professional gives the injections. The most common injection site is the side of the body in the pelvic region.
One of the most common types of testosterone replacement therapy is called bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Bio-identical is in reference to the chemical similarities between supplemental hormones and the natural hormones found in the human body. Synthetic hormones do not have the same similarities as bio-identical. Men with low or inconsistent testosterone levels often benefit from BHRT testosterone pellets. This kind of therapy is far from a new invention. Pellet therapy was originally established during the 1930s. Since 1938, this therapy has been administered successfully in the United States, Australia and Europe. Numerous physicians have found this process to be both an effective and easy way of providing men with testosterone.
Pellets are a good option for the delivery of consistent testosterone over a fairly lengthy period of time. This helps eliminate any fluctuations. Both intramuscular injections and pellets are considered a more effective option than gels and patches. The procedure to implant the pellet is fast, convenient and simple. The procedure is performed in the comfort of our office. The pellet is simply inserted into the preselected area. Stitches are not necessary. The procedure only requires minutes of your time and is extremely simple. The individual does not feel any real discomfort during the procedure.
Safety is a very important factor in testosterone replacement therapy. A study was conducted regarding this therapy including data from numerous studies encompassing a period of five years. The focus of the study was the male subjects. The results showed 86 percent of the participants were satisfied with the ease of the procedure and the improvement in symptoms. There were no side effects for every participant following the directions prior to having the pellet inserted.
Testosterone replacement therapy is important for numerous medical conditions with low levels of testosterone as a symptom. Testosterone is an important sexual hormone partially responsible for the male’s sexual characteristics. This hormone is produced in the testes. When the level of testosterone is high, the result is usually beneficial for the male’s health.
Balanced levels of testosterone and a healthy diet promote good health. This combination decreases the risk of a heart attack and high blood pressure. Testosterone therapy has also been shown to be an effective treatment for low levels of testosterone and certain medical conditions in both women and men. It is important to note if the man has prostate cancer, this type of therapy is not recommended. This therapy is not appropriate for several conditions including:
• Urinary symptoms resulting from an enlarged prostate
• Severe congestive heart failure
• A lump on the prostate not yet evaluated by a medical professional
• The amount of red blood cells is higher than normal
• An individual with breast cancer
• A PSA measurement exceeding four
• Untreated obstructive sleep apnea
The Symptoms and Diagnosis Resulting in Testosterone Replacement Therapy
When men reach their thirties or forties, there is a good chance some of their testosterone is already being lost. When the level decreases to a certain point, the condition is called low testosterone or low T. The most common symptoms of this condition include:
• Gaining weight
• A lower sperm count
• Swelling of the breasts
• Erectile dysfunction (ED)
• Changes in the size of the testicles or penis
• Anxiety or depression
• Changes in libido
• Hot flashes
Some men have diagnosed themselves with low testosterone. The biggest issue with this is a lot of the symptoms of low testosterone levels are the same as the aging process. This means the symptoms by themselves cannot be used for a reliable diagnosis. The only accurate way to determine if the levels of testosterone are too low is to have a medical professional order a specific test for this condition. The medical professional will begin by getting the complete health history of the individual and conducting a physical examination. In most cases, one test is performed to measure the levels of testosterone. This is to help ensure the man is healthy and requires additional testosterone.
If the tests and examination show low levels of testosterone, the medical professional may recommend testosterone injections. This is an intramuscular injection providing a deep delivery of testosterone into the tissue of the muscle. This enables fast absorption of the testosterone into the bloodstream. The injections assist in the regulation of the hormone levels for issues such as low testosterone. The injections offer a lot of benefits including:
• An increase in energy
• An increased sexual drive
• An increase in sperm count
• Improving the symptoms of erectile dysfunction
• An improvement in mood
On average, women have more body fat than men. Part of the reason is the testosterone maintains the muscle and regulates the distribution of fat within the body. When the levels of testosterone are low, there is often an increase in body fat. This is especially true in the abdominal area. Muscle growth is also regulated by hormones. This means if the hormone level is too low, the man may feel like he is losing muscle strength or size. It is important to note the low testosterone level must be both severe and prolonged for this to occur. Although the injections of testosterone regulate the distribution of fat, the therapy by itself will not cause significant weight changes. The therapy also plays an important role in muscle maintenance. Testosterone injections will assist in increasing muscle mass but will not affect the strength of the muscles.
The Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
When the delivery method of testosterone is a pellet, this procedure has been shown to be effective for treating headaches and migraines. This treatment is often effective for women and men for urinary frequency, urinary incontinence and vaginal dryness. Testosterone is capable of increasing energy levels, improving concentration and memory, relieving anxiety and depression and providing a feeling of well-being. Both testosterone pellets and intramuscular injections increase bone density, muscle strength and lean body mass while decreasing fat mass. Both women and men require enough testosterone for optimal physical and mental health. Testosterone helps prevent chronic medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Both of these conditions have been linked to low levels of testosterone.
In many cases, testosterone pellets for men can improve ED without the need for medications. Higher testosterone levels help men be more competitive and effective at work when faced with much younger co-workers. One of the most common issues of the older man is low testosterone levels. This impacts numerous areas of their life including maintaining muscle mass, incontinence and sex drive. Some women do not understand the benefits of testosterone therapy for females. Just like with men, a woman can have low testosterone levels. This can negatively impact their emotions, cause tears for no reason, result in weight gain and impact their sex drive. It is extremely difficult to gain and maintain lean body mass if there is not enough testosterone.
The hormone of arousal and desire is testosterone. If the levels in a woman are too low, she may completely lose interest in having sex. Testosterone increases energy and muscle mass, helps relieve anxiety and depression, improves concentration and memory and provides the feeling of well-being. Testosterone for men increases bone density, muscle strength and lean body mass and reduces fat mass. Men require the correct amount of testosterone in their bodies for optimal health and assistance with disease prevention. Testosterone injections and pellets are both procedures performed in-office. The pellet itself is only a little bit bigger than a single grain of rice.
If you are interested in testosterone therapy, talk to the professionals at Orchidia Medical Group in Naples, FL. Learn more about pellets and intramuscular injections. Find out whether or not this treatment can work for you and get answers to all of your questions. Contact us today to book your consultation and get started!