Testosterone is a human hormone that is found in both men and women. Men’s testicles and women’s ovaries are responsible for its production, though women have a much lower amount.
The production of this hormone typically peaks during puberty and begins to lower after age 30 in most men and women. It is known for being associated with sex drive, but also plays major roles in bone strength, muscle formation, development of red blood cells, and sperm production in men.
As men and women age, they begin to feel the effects of the dip in testosterone production which can lead to their desire to look into hormone replacement therapy to increase their level of testosterone.
What Is Bioidentical-Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical-hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is exactly what it sounds like - a therapy used to replace the hormones that are no longer being produced at optimal levels.
As men and women begin to age, their hormone levels begin to dip. This dip is typically seen in women approaching menopause and men over the age of 35, displaying an array of symptoms.
What Symptoms Should I Look Out For?
When a man has low levels of testosterone he can look out for:
Low sex drive
Low muscle mass
Women should look out for these symptoms of low testosterone:
Reduced sex drive
Irregular menstrual cycles
What are the Treatments for Low Testosterone?
Bioidentical-hormone replacement therapy is one the most effective treatments for men & women who have low testosterone levels. Different types of this therapy include:
Testosterone Pellets provide up to 6 months of sustained optimal testosterone levels
Hormone injections done at home once or twice weekly
Testosterone patches or gels that are applied each day
How do Testosterone Pellets Work?
Testosterone pellets are about the size of a grain of rice and contain crystallized testosterone. These pellets are inserted in your doctor’s office under the skin and emit a slow, steady dose of testosterone for up to 6 months.
Patients get initial lab work done to determine how many pellets are needed, then revisit their doctor every three months to check their testosterone levels.
What Results Can I Expect to See?
After receiving your initial testosterone pellet insertion, you can expect to feel results within 2 - 4 weeks. During this period you should feel improved moods, raised libido levels, and increased energy. The specific results will vary based on the amount of pellets inserted.
What Does the Process Look Like?
After noticing symptoms of low testosterone, you will reach out to us at Luxe Vitality to set up a consultation. During this conversation, you will discuss your symptoms and your desired outcomes. Our elite provider will also analyze your blood tests to determine your current levels as well as take body measurements, like weight and blood pressure, to create a baseline.
Once we receive the results of your lab work, our hormone specialists will create a BHRT treatment plan for you. This will include the number of testosterone pellets you should have inserted and any other supplements that can optimize your results.
Your doctor will insert the testosterone pellets in our Pompano Beach lounge. This usually takes about 15 minutes and requires no down time. Numbing procedures can also be used to make this a pain-free experience.
After three months, you will revisit our Pompano Beach lounge to conduct lab work to measure your new hormone levels and compare your other body measurements for improvement.
How Much Do Testosterone Pellets Cost?
The cost of testosterone pellets vary from clinic to clinic, but typically speaking the BHRT process is set up as a membership format.
At Luxe Vitality, you will pay a set monthly fee that will cover the cost of all consultations, lab work, and the insertions. Reach out to us to get specific pricing for your membership.
Why Pellets Instead of Injections?
While there is no “best” method for bioidentical-hormone replacement therapy, there are some benefits to testosterone pellet insertion in comparison to testosterone injections.
Testosterone pellets vs. Injections:
Testosterone pellets release a low, continuous dose of testosterone allowing for a steady level of the hormone. In contrast, injections create a spike in the levels once injected and fall until the next injection takes place.
Testosterone pellet injections are performed in the office only 4 times a year, compared to testosterone injections which must be done, either at home or in the office, every week.
Ultimately, the decision of what form of BHRT you use is all up to you but it is important to discuss the options with your provider to know which type of therapy will help you optimize your results best.
What Are the Side Effects of Testosterone Pellets?
Like all medical procedures, the insertion of testosterone pellets does come with its risks. While rare, because the pellets are inserted with a small incision, patients do run the risk of developing an infection at the insertion site or the pellets dislodging.
In addition, there are some side effects that patients could experience after using testosterone pellets for HRT. Some possible side effects include:
Decreased urine stream
Increase in frequency of urination
Smaller testicle size
Increased red blood cell production
Swelling of breast tissue and/or prostate
Be sure to speak with your hormone specialist about these risks and determine a treatment plan that can help you best avoid experiencing these side effects.
Where Can I Find a BHRT Specialist Near Me?
So you realized that you are exhibiting the symptoms of low testosterone and you are ready to feel great again? Fantastic!
Now it is time to find a provider who can work with you to reach your wellness goals.
If you are in the south Florida area, Luxe Vitality is the elite, luxury location to help you regain your youthfulness and lust for life! Reach out to us to schedule your consultation today!