Testosterone Replacement TherapyIn males, testosterone is an essential anabolic hormone produced by the body. Testosterone manages fertility, muscle mass, fat, circulation, red blood cell production, bone tissue, mineral density, emotions, and sex drive. Male hypogonadism, or reduced testes function, can result in weight gain, loss of muscle mass, fatigue, an inability to focus, and waking without an erection. Men may actually encounter lower testosterone levels as early as their twenties. Fortunately, Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) can help! But BEWARE – it is not a one-size-fits-all solution and comes with some early steps and various options.
Your Testosterone Replacement Therapy Options
The most frequent type of testosterone given in the U.S. is testosterone cypionate. Testosterone is a schedule-III controlled substance. It was made a control III by Congressional Hearings that led to the Anabolic Steroid Act of 1990. It is labeled as such because of the potential to be abused; however, Testosterone is not a narcotic.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy/TRT can be given in 3 different methods; topical application, pellet implants, or injections. All methods must be reviewed and assessed depending on effectiveness, the simplicity of use, versatility in dose adjustments, and possible side effects.
With this technique, you apply a testosterone cream to the skin, usually the shoulder muscles or stomach. This technique can be a wise decision for older men with thin skin. The majority of people have a challenging moment getting to a therapeutic level using topicals. The cream takes time to soak up and really should not be touched by any females in the home – it can cause masculine side effects, such as facial hair. As you increase the volume required to reach the objective, it becomes even more complicated as well as time-consuming to wait patiently for this to soak up. The skin we have is actually our largest body organ and also the largest part of our immune system, usually suppressing the drug’s capability to go through it. Testosterone creams are also expensive, even with insurance coverage.
Pellets are little rods placed directly under your skin with minimal surgical procedures. They are meant to gradually release testosterone to the bloodstream. This release period differs by people and it is meant to last about a few months. If your own levels are too high or too low, they are going to remain this way until the medicine disappears as time passes. The process by itself can lead to minimal pain, bleeding, bumps, staining of the skin, contamination, extrusion from the pellet (pellet coming out), and scarring at the implant site. Pellets are a straight-up cost, as they are not covered by insurance.
Testosterone injection therapy is many people's preferred method of TRT. The half-life of testosterone cypionate is usually 6-8 days, meaning you will have a shot on the upper leg or buttock around every 7 days. This technique enables you to get a constant dosage without substantial highs and lows. Using blood work to monitor testosterone levels after treatment begins allows for optimum dose levels. The only real downside for this technique, though is also a plus, since it does require regular office visits. Injections may be covered by most insurance.
Our Difference in providing Testosterone Replacement Therapy/TRT
At Optimal Health, we customize your treatment to your personal needs. Usually, there is a false impression that weighing more, having more muscle mass, or being taller implies you need more testosterone. Testosterone Replacement Therapy/TRT is not dependent on size; it all comes down to biochemistry and biology. Our specialized medical consultants will be able to prescribe the right treatment to fit your unique needs.
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Testosterone Therapy Medical Team
Dr. George Ibraheim
Dr. John Wolf
Rose Zegarra, PA-C