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The Comprehensive Guide to Testosterone Therapy Treatments for Men

Sep 18, 2023 | Hormone Therapy, Testosterone Therapy

An important part of a man’s health is testosterone, often called the ‘male hormone.’ It affects everything from muscle mass to mood and energy. During aging, testosterone levels often decline in men. Thankfully, testosterone therapy is available in the medical world as a treatment option for this condition. This guide will help you navigate the various types available today.

1. Pellet Therapy: Pellet therapy is one of the more innovative treatments. The process involves embedding tiny pellets, about the size of a grain of rice or tic tac, under the skin. These pellets then consistently release testosterone over a period of 3-6 months. It’s a low-maintenance option, with the benefit of providing a steady hormone dose. This is our go-to option at Regener8 for its level of effectiveness compared to other options on the list. Additionally, we use plant-based bioidentical hormones that are better absorbed by the body with fewer side effects.

2. Injections: One of the most common methods is direct testosterone injections. Administered intramuscularly, typically in the thighs, buttocks, or deltoids, these shots are given every few weeks. While they can lead to peaks and fluctuations in testosterone levels, many men find this method convenient and effective.

3. Gels and Creams: These topical applications offer daily testosterone replenishment. Men can apply the gel or cream to their arms, shoulders, or abdomen, allowing the hormone to absorb directly into the skin. It’s essential to ensure that the application site doesn’t come into contact with women or children, as testosterone can transfer. Absorption and skin reactions may also vary.

4. Patches: A transdermal approach, testosterone patches are worn on the skin and need to be replaced daily. The hormone permeates the skin, entering the bloodstream. These patches are discreet and can be worn on the back, thighs, upper arms, or abdomen. Like gels, they offer the advantage of steady, continuous hormone release. Just like Gels and Creams there could be possible skin irritations and adhesion issues with the patch itself due to sweat or activity.

5. Pills: Testosterone pills, taken orally, are processed by the liver before entering the bloodstream. While this method might seem the most straightforward, there are concerns regarding the potential long-term effects on the liver. Hence, it’s crucial to work closely with a healthcare provider if considering this option.

6. Oral Therapy: This doesn’t refer to pills, but rather other oral applications like buccal systems. The buccal system involves placing a tablet against the upper gums, which then releases testosterone into the bloodstream throughout the day. It combines the convenience of a pill with the direct absorption benefits seen in gels and patches. The downfall of Oral Therapy is that the patch can come off your gums and could irritate your gums.

The right testosterone therapy is crucial, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Your preferences, lifestyle, and health conditions will determine the best method to use. AND Remember: the overall goal is to restore testosterone levels and enhance overall health and well-being. As research advances, you can age gracefully and maintain healthy testosterone levels for vigor and vitality!

Before embarking on any therapy, give our clinic a call or begin your journey by booking an appointment online with Regener8 Wellness + Performance. We are here to help the Yuma community thrive on their health!

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