pellet Therapy for men
Both men and women live in hormone-rich environment from the age of 15-35 years old. The reason for this is quite simple. This is the peak of the child-bearing years.
Once men reach puberty, the production of testosterone naturally skyrockets. Getting to levels as high as 1500ng/dL. This number probably means nothing to you, but to put it in perspective, after the age of 45, the level of testostosterone is rarely greater than 450ng/dL. Wow!!! what a huge drop!!! Think about it...that's less than 3 times the testosterone level of a healthy teenage male.
WHY IS THERE A LARGE DROP IN TESTOSTERONE STARTING IN THE MID-30s?
One of the main primitive (cave man) functions of testosterone is to Rev-up your sex drive (libido) in hopes of fertilizing an egg and starting a family. However, when mother nature feels that you've reached the age where you no longer need to have children, she starts to diminish the production of your testosterone to pre-adolescent levels.
This natural drop in testosterone is similar to the natural drop in estradiol in women. For men, we call the drop in testosterone and the symptoms associated with it, ANDROPAUSE. For women, we call the drop in estradiol and the symptoms associated with it, Menopause.
WHAT ELSE CAN LOW TESTOSTERONE (ANDROPAUSE) LEAD TO?
In addition to a decrease in sex drive (libido). Low testosterone levels can also be associated with poor mental clarity, increasing anxiety, poor sleep, inability to retain lean muscle mass, difficulty with losing weight, poor energy levels, increasing fatigue, loss of sense of well-being (decreased zest for life). These are the classic Andropausal Symptoms.
IT'S TIME TO GET OVER THE NEGATIVE PRESS OF TESTOSTERONE
For years, testosterone has received much negative press because its use was abused in amateur and professional athletics. This negative rap made it difficult for health-care professionals to comfortably prescribe it to men that could truly benefit from it. Doctors should never feel uncomfortable recommending testosterone for any man suffering from andropausal symptoms.
HOW DO IT GET STARTED WITH TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
If you are suffering any of the Andropausal symptoms above, chances are, you may greatly benefit from Testosterone Replacement Therapy. The first step in doing this right is to undergo a Consultation so that a complete medical history can be obtained. All consultations for hormone replacement therapy are scheduled with Dr. Garcia. The second step is to get blood work checked to verify low testosterone levels. Additional labs are also checked which can have influence as to the dosing of Testosterone Replacement.
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR TREATMENT?
Testosterone replacement is available in the form of injections, creams, gels, and subdermal pellet therapy.
Dr. Garcia ONLY offers Testosterone Pellet Therapy. Why? because no other form of testosterone replacement treatments can achieve the same steady blood levels 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, for 4 to 6 months at a time. PERIOD.
THE PELLET ADVANTAGE
Testosterone pellets are totally bio-identical as well as bio-available, which means that they are identical in structure and in function to the testosterone produced by your body.
HOW ARE THE PELLET'S INSERTED?
A small area of skin around the back hip pocket is anesthetized, followed by a tiny painless incision. A small insertion device (called a trochar) is placed through the incision and the pellets, the size of rice grains, are advanced through the trochar. The incision site is then held closed with steri-strips (a special surgical tape) followed by a pressure gauze dressing. Most patients feel that the procedure is virtually painless.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF I GOT THE RIGHT DOSAGE?
Before the procedure, we determine the ideal testosterone dosage for you based on your Age, Symptom Severity, Body Weight, and Lab Values.
After the procedure, we recheck your blood levels in 5 wks to verify that we dosed you properly. We then recheck your blood levels in 4-6 months to determine when your next pellet insertion should be scheduled.
WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
We recommend that you avoid high-impact activities (ie. running, jogging, step aerobics, etc), lower body weight resistance training (ie. leg squats, leg curls, leg extensions), and hot tubs for one week after the procedure. Then there are no restrictions.
WHEN WILL I START TO NOTICE A DIFFERENCE?
If your pre-treatment symptoms were truly due to low testosterone levels, you're going to be a very happy man in 2-4 wks. Some individuals notice improvement of andropausal symptoms sooner, and some a little later.
IS THIS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
The consultation visit and blood work are typically covered by most insurances. However, insertion of the Testosterone Pellets is not covered. The cost of Testosterone Pellet Therapy for men is $650. If you are like most of our patients, who sustain 6 months, from each insertion, this averages out to a little under $110 per month.
READY TO GET STARTED?
Call 517-336-1200 to schedule your consultation visit. We look forward to seeing you in the near future!