Are you starting to feel “your age”? You could be getting low in Testosterone.
Feel yourself again with Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy for Men.
Men begin losing testosterone at a rate of 3% to 10% per year beginning at age 30. Current medical research now defines a male equivalent to menopause as Andropause. The Andropause process is usually much more gradual than the process of menopause for women and may be harder to detect. It is typical for a man to experience Andropause during the ages of 40-55. some men can begin to notice testosterone levels dropping in their 30s. Because the testosterone used in pellet therapy is totally natural, it is ideal for men who want the benefits of a bio-identical hormone without the drawbacks of a synthetics. Pellets deliver pure, bio-identical hormones directly into the bloodstream 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for up to 4 months. Pills, patches, creams and shots cannot provide a steady delivery of hormones 24/7. For additional information on Testosterone and how it affects the body check out Zoey Millers Blog post at thebabbleout.com
Could you Benefit from Testosterone therapy?
To understand if you could benefit from Testosterone pellet therapy ask yourself questions from the ADAM Male questionnaire (Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male).
1. Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
2. Do you have a lack of energy?
3. Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
4. Have you lost height?
5. Have you noticed a decreased “enjoyment of life”
6. Are you sad and/or grumpy?
7. Are your erections less strong?
8. Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
9. Are you falling asleep after dinner?
10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?
If you answered YES to questions 1 or 7 or any 3 other questions, you may have low testosterone.
Why use Testosterone Pellet Therapy?
Pellet hormone therapy has been used since the late 1930s and is often considered one of the most natural ways to deliver hormones to the body. The hormones are identical to the body’s own both structurally and biologically. Because the body does the work on its own once the sterile pellet is inserted, this increases compliance because you will not have to remember to take a pill, give an injection, or apply a cream each day. In men, testosterone pellet therapy can improve erectile dysfunction (including throwing out your Viagra) and ensure regardless of age, you can keep up with your high-profile job and those youthful co-workers walking through the door. Low testosterone is among the most common issues facing the aging male. It affects multiple aspects of their lives, including sex drive, incontinence and maintenance of muscle mass.
What is Pellet Therapy for Men
Pellet therapy uses hormones derived from natural plant sources to replicate the body’s normal hormonal levels. Patients have found that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants is extremely effective. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones that provide optimal therapy.
Unlike typical injectable, oral and transdermal forms of therapy — which produce “roller coaster” hormone levels, resulting in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient — Medical Hormone Pellet Therapy is the only method of hormone therapy that provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day for up to three to five months without any “roller coaster” effect.
Because the hormones used are completely natural, pellet therapy is ideal for patients who want the benefits of a natural hormone without the drawbacks of a synthetic.
Symptoms treatable with BHRT at Well Medical Arts
Erectile Dysfunction –To put it bluntly, the experience of having difficulty in getting it up, achieving or maintaining an erection or the ability to ejaculate, also characterized by impotence. Kind of sucks. So let’s take care of it.
Decreased Libido – The drive and urge towards sexual activity is reduced due to the drop in Testosterone. Couple who undergo BHRT together have reported a dramatic increase in their sex lives. There are also specific foods that could be added to help with enhancing the libido thus increasing the testosterone levels naturally some of which are: salmon, almonds, avocados, bananas, asparagus, eggs and raw oysters.
Muscle Loss – Muscle loss is due to the decrease of Testosterone. Testosterone binds to muscle cells in order to help build muscle. This decrease in hormones causes a decrease in muscle mass and therefore it is easier to gain weight. In other words as testosterone decreases muscle mass decreases and fat mass increases. It is important to continue weight bearing exercises to continue to build lean muscle mass which will also help with preventing osteoporosis.
Memory Loss – Testosterone helps regulate cortisol levels in the brain. When the testosterone levels decrease the cortisol levels fluctuate and create confusion and foggy thinking due to the malfunction of the neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are not working properly due to the irregular levels of hormones required to do their job correctly. Ensuring the steady and balanced levels of testosterone in the body can create a stronger memory.
Hair Loss – thinning of hair or baldness are common symptoms during andropause. As the testosterone levels decrease the ability for hair follicles to regenerate weakens. DHT is what causes hair follicles to die when testosterone decreases. These two chemicals work closely together. When men have a poor diet and are stressed during andropause these factors can inhibit the ability of hair follicles to grow healthily. We also offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Restoration Treatments in our Seattle Clinic.
Gynecomastia – Is the abnormal growth of the breasts in men often referred to as “man boobs”. As the testosterone levels decrease, which can create an atmosphere where the breasts enlarge due to the increase in estrogen which is the hormone most prevalent in females. Hormonal balance of testosterone in men is very important, just as important as estrogen is for women.
Weight Gain – As men age the testosterone levels decrease and with it the amount of lean muscle mass. The more body fat that is present provides the environment for testosterone to be transformed into estrogen. The testosterone and cortisol levels are a delicate balance. As Testosterone decreases the levels of cortisol increase. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for “fight or flight” response, which inhibits digestion and relaxation of muscles and increases the desire for sweets and carbohydrates.
Fatigue – abnormally weary, tired or sluggishness is experienced and is a combination of a variety of factors where a drop is testosterone is responsible. Hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems all can add to feeling fatigue simply because improper sleep. When the testosterone levels decrease the lean muscle mass also decreases which can result in weight gain and feelings of sluggishness. It is important to continue to exercise during this time to increase lean muscle mass and help improve energy levels. Make proper adjustments to your food and water intake to support the flux in hormones.
Irritability – is caused from a hormonal imbalance of Estrogen and Testosterone. With the drop in Testosterone the Estrogen levels are more prominent this can lead to mood swings which are similar to those in women during menopause or their menstrual flow. Men who are more stressed have a greater amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, which lowers testosterone, and are more susceptible to fluctuating moods and irritability. If you find yourself feeling a little out of sorts, either being more demanding, angry, defensive, withdrawn, anxious or sad it is time to take a look at your hormone levels and get them balanced out.
Depression – Hypogonadism, is characterized by very low levels of testosterone and contributes to a feeling of great unease. The hormone T3 drains the brain of serotonin the chemical responsible for feelings of happiness. Hypthyroidism and low levels of the thyroid hormone can also contribute to feelings of depression.
Urinary Problems – urination can become difficult when the prostate enlarges due to the change in hormones. The prostate gland is regulated by hormones and when it enlarges it squeezes on the urethra preventing the release of a regular flow of urine. The hormones responsible for maintaining a healthy prostate are Estrogen, DHT and Testosterone. It is important that these hormones maintain a balanced level. If the hormones get so out of balance kidney stones can develop. Among the urinary problems that can occur are; urinary incontinence, which is a leaking of urine and the inability to control the bladder. And Painful Bladder Syndrome where one experiences inflammation in the bladder and frequent urination occurs.
What is the testosterone pellet therapy insertion procedure like?
Insertion is a simple in-office procedure and is less painful than drawing blood. Your doctor applies local anesthesia and makes an incision in the upper hip area, placing the pellet inside, which is smaller than a Tic-Tac and only slightly larger than a grain of rice. No stitches are necessary – the incision is so small, it can be closed up with a piece of tape
Safety is the most common concern when it comes to new drugs or drugs that a majority of the public is unfamiliar with. In 2009, the Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study analyzing the data from multiple studies of pellet therapy as far back as December of 2003 through April of 2008. The study focused on male subjects and found that 86 percent of the patients were satisfied with the improvement of their symptoms and the ease of insertion. No patient that followed post-insertion directions experienced any adverse side effects, such as infection or pellet extrusion.