Testosterone

Both men and women produce testosterone. Men produce most of their testosterone in the cells of the testicles and a lesser amount from the adrenal gland. Women produce testosterone primarily from their ovaries and a small amount from the adrenal gland. Postmenopausal women continue to produce testosterone from their ovaries even after estrogen production has stopped.  Testosterone begins to decline at age 30... some say age 26.. by 1-2% per year.

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Without proper levels of testosterone, men and women experience a number of symptoms including loss of mental focus and concentration, muscle loss, joint pain, decreased strength, fatigue, less effective response to exercise, loss of libido (sex drive and arousal), and worsened menopausal symptoms in women. Anxiety and irritability can occur in both men and women suffering from a lack of testosterone. Men with high conversion levels of testosterone to estrogen will be given Anastrozole or Femara. These medications reduce levels of estrogen making more of the testosterone bio-available.

 

Following the implant of pellet testosterone therapy, both sexes can expect to experience increased libido, improved mental acuity, improved mental focus and concentration, improved muscle tone, decreased joint pain, less fatigue, more energy, and improved bone density. Testosterone contributes to bone health and a lack of it can lead to development of osteoporosis (softening of bones).

 

Biologically identical testosterone in the pellet form is least likely to cause problems such as acne, facial hair, and baldness. It is less likely to produce the “roller-coaster” effect seen within the use of testosterone in synthetic forms such as pills, patches, creams, or injections. In women, excess testosterone may cause a deepening of the voice.

 

While it was once believed that testosterone may have a contributing effect of prostate cancer, today’s conventional wisdom- supported by findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine- suggest that maintaining normal testosterone levels throughout life may actually be protective of the prostate against possible cancer.

 

Your testosterone levels will be checked regularly and implants provided to help you achieve and maintain optimal blood levels of this hormone to lessen your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.