Frequently Asked Questions

4 Men

What are the side effects of pellet therapy?

Side effects from the insertion of the pllets include minor bleeding or bruising, discoloration of the skin, infection (rare) and possible extrusion of the pellets (rare). Testosterone itself may cause an increase in the production of red blood cells, so a complete blood count will be drawn once a year to monitor for these changes. If the level gets too high, a unit of blood may be donated.


Does testosterone cause prostate cancer?

No. The byproducts of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone and estrone, are the agents that cause prostate enlargement and contribute to prostate cancer. Because testosterone pellets contain pure hormone, they are not metabolized into byproducts.


Why are testosterone pellets better than patch, shots or pill forms of testosterone?

Testosterone pellets are pure bioidentical hormones so they are not metabolized into byproducts like other supplemental forms of testosterone.


Why are testosterone pellets better than Viagra or Cialis?

Testosterone fixes the real problem, which is a decreased libido and sexual response due to low hormone levels. Viagra and Cialis, on the other hand, only treats the symptom of decreased erectile function, but does not fix the sexual desire issue. Furthermore, Viagra and Cialis have many side effects and only work when you take them.


Where are the pellets inserted and where do they go after three months?

The insertion of pellets is a simple, relatively painless, in-office procedure done under local anesthesia. The pellets are usually inserted in the lower abdominal wall or upper buttocks through a small incision. Over time the pellets dissolve into the body so you do not have to have them removed.


How long will it take for my pellets tostart working and how long will they last?

It takes about three to five weeks to get the full effect and they last for four to six months in most men.


If I have diabetes, will testosterone pellets help with my sexual response?

In most cases, yes. This is because testosterone increases insulin sensitivity, which will decrease triglycerides, stabilize your blood sugar, and improve the status of your diabetes. However, if your diabetes is advanced and has caused narrowing of the vessels going to your pelvis, then your sexual function may not improve.


Will my testicles shrink while I take the testosterone pellets?

Yes, they will. Testicles are suppressed by taking any form of testosterone because they do not need to make testosterone while the pellets are working. When pellets wear off, it takes a few months for the testicles to recover.


My doctor says there isn't any data to support the use of bioidentical hormone pellets.

Your doctor is wrong. In fact, bioidentical hormone pellets have been used in both men and women since the late 1930’s, and there is more data to support the use of bioidentical hormone pellets than any other form of hormone therapy. In other words, there is a difference between “no data” and “not having read the data.”

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