Can a patient be allergic to the implants?


Very rarely, a patient will develop local zone of redness (3-8 cm) and itching at the site of the testosterone implant. There is minimal or no tenderness and no other sign of infection. Most often this problem is caused by a reaction to the skin adhesive applied before the steri-strip or to the tape adhesive [...]

Can a patient be allergic to the implants?2019-10-20T11:11:20+00:00

Is there a role for testosterone implants (pellets) in a pre-menopausal female?


Testosterone pellets may be used in pre-menopausal females (women who have not stopped menstruating). Testosterone has been shown to relieve migraine or menstrual headaches, help with symptoms of PMS (pre menstrual syndrome), relieve anxiety and depression, increase energy, help with sleep and improve sex drive and libido. If a pre-menopausal female has a testosterone pellet [...]

Is there a role for testosterone implants (pellets) in a pre-menopausal female?2019-10-20T11:10:58+00:00

Will insurance cover the procedure?


Some insurance companies cover the cost of pellets, especially in men. Others do not. Most physicians require payment for their services. Patients may want to contact their insurance companies to see if their costs will be reimbursed. Prevention is much more cost effective than disease.

Will insurance cover the procedure?2019-10-20T11:10:37+00:00

How much does this cost?


The cost for the insertion of pellets is $500 for women and $1000 for men. Men need a much larger dose of testosterone than women and their cost is higher. Pellets need to be inserted 3 to 4 times a year depending on how rapidly a patient metabolizes hormones. When compared to the cost of [...]

How much does this cost?2019-10-20T11:10:18+00:00

How are hormones monitored during therapy?


Hormone levels may be drawn and evaluated before therapy is started. This may include an FSH, estradiol, and testosterone (free and total) for women. Men need a PSA (prostate specific antigen), estradiol, testosterone, and blood count prior to starting therapy. Thyroid hormone levels (TSH) may also be evaluated. In men, follow up levels, including a [...]

How are hormones monitored during therapy?2019-10-20T11:09:20+00:00

Do patients need progesterone when they use the pellets?


No. Women who are treated with testosterone implants alone (no estrogen therapy) do not require progestin therapy. However, if estradiol, or other estrogen therapy is prescribed, progestins are also needed. The main indication for the use of synthetic progestins, like Provera® or progesterone, is to prevent the proliferation (stimulation) of the uterine lining caused by [...]

Do patients need progesterone when they use the pellets?2019-10-20T11:09:00+00:00

How long do pellets last?


The pellets usually last between 3-4 months in women and 4-5 months in men. The pellets do not need to be removed. They completely dissolve on their own.

How long do pellets last?2019-10-20T11:08:31+00:00

How long until a patient feels better after pellets are inserted?


Some patients begin to ‘feel better’ within 24-48 hours while others may take a week or two to notice a difference. Diet and lifestyle, along with hormone balance are critical for optimal health. Stress is a major contributor to hormone imbalance and illness. Side effects and adverse drug events from prescription medications can interfere with [...]

How long until a patient feels better after pellets are inserted?2019-10-20T11:07:57+00:00

Why isn’t estrogen therapy or Estradiol pellet therapy recommended?


We have shown that symptoms, including hot flashes, are best relieved with continuous testosterone alone. Even when compared to testosterone plus estrogen or estrogen alone, menopausal symptoms were best relieved by testosterone alone! Testosterone delivered by pellet implant is extremely effective therapy. In addition, testosterone therapy does not have the unwanted side effects of estrogen [...]

Why isn’t estrogen therapy or Estradiol pellet therapy recommended?2019-10-20T11:06:51+00:00
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