Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone is made from cholesterol and is manufactured mainly in the testicles in males and ovaries and adrenal glands in females.  Testosterone has an important function in the body of males and females most notably, it enhances sex drive, builds muscles and bones, helps maintain self confidence and the immune system, elevates mood and motivation, among many other important properties.

Deficiency in testosterone results in; decreased libido, decreased motivation, depression, increased risk of suicide, decreased confidence and feeling of well being, decreased muscle mass, increased body fat (especially belly fat) leading to obesity, difficulty losing weight, decreases exercise performance and tolerance, increased incidence of diabetes, and possibly even increases the risk of prostate cancer and heart attack.

Testosterone should NOT be taken by mouth due to numerous detrimental effects, if taken orally.  Testosterone can be administered by daily gels, weekly injections, or testosterone pellets inserted just beneath the skin about every 4 months.  These pellets are inserted by Dr. Arthur Zacco in about 5-10 minutes in the office with no down time.

Dr. Zacco notes that most patients favor testosterone therapy via pellets over injections or gels.  With  testosterone therapy pellets there are no messy gels or frequent injections.  Pellets allow freedom to focus on things other than testosterone therapy.

When patients are being treated with daily testosterone therapy gel, they have to avoid contact with their loved ones for a couple of hours after applying gels.  When patients are being treated by gels or injections, they have to bring these on vacation which can cause hassles at the airport as testosterone is a controlled substance.

In addition pellet testosterone therapy more closely resembles a steady state of testosterone. Making delivery more consistent instead of vast fluctuations in testosterone which is seen in the use of gels and injections.  Fluctuating testosterone can result in irritability, fatigue, increased fat, and a decreased libido.

When being treated with testosterone pellets, you are only reminded of testosterone treatment every four months when the pellets are inserted during a five to ten minute office procedure in which Dr. Zacco inserts pellets underneath the skin in the alternating upper outer buttocks.

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