February 3, 2023
The potential benefits of testosterone therapy are considered to be remarkable and change the quality of life for those dealing with low testosterone which is commonly called low T. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a form of hormone therapy for men that has physical, emotional, mental and sexual benefits. However, knowing about the advantages of TRT is just the start! Let’s take a deeper look.
What are “bioidentical” hormones and are they used in Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)?
The word “bioidentical” in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is actually describing the type of breakthrough hormones used in the treatment. A bioidentical hormone is identical on a molecular level to the hormone your body creates on its own. The testosterone you receive in your injectable, bioidentical TRT prescriptions at Hormonify will be recognized by your body just the same as the testosterone it would produce on its own. This is why we only offer bioidentical hormone therapy to provide the most advanced treatment with prominent results.
Who is an ideal candidate for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)?
Testosterone replacement therapy is an ideal option for men that are struggling with a hormone imbalance, usually low testosterone, or at a disadvantage due to the naturally associated symptoms of aging. As men age, hormone levels naturally decrease and this drop in testosterone presents itself in many ways both physically and psychologically. You might be experiencing some or possibly all of the following symptoms: low energy, sleep issues, low sex drive, poor erection quality, loss of muscle mass, low endurance, slow recovery from exercise, increased abdominal fat, cognitive problems, memory loss, hair loss and/or aging skin. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it is possible you are dealing with low levels of testosterone.
There is a solution and fortunately, Hormonify has an entire medical team specializing in TRT that is committed to helping every man return to peak performance both physically and mentally. Our testosterone therapy mimics the levels that you once had before they ever started to fall so you feel young, strong, and healthy.
What should I consider when looking at the different types of testosterone therapy?
We have clarified the importance of utilizing bioidentical hormones in treatment but you might be thinking about giving some other forms of testosterone therapy a go. Here is a brief overview of common alternative testosterone supplementation available.
There are countless ingestible forms of testosterone on the market.
This is going to be anything that comes in the form of a pill that you swallow and is digested in your stomach. In simple terms, in order for the hormone therapy to work at full capacity, this pill or tablet must be able to survive the highly acidic environment within the stomach. It risks being depleted by the liver before it is capable of properly dispersing the testosterone to the rest of the body. The effectiveness of the prescription can also be altered by other medications or substances like food in the stomach. There are multiple factors that can sabotage the effectiveness of ingestible hormone therapy simply due to the likelihood you’re not actually absorbing the testosterone in the pill.
A common product used to treat low testosterone is hormone cream or gel.
While the concept of a medicated lotion does sound easy when you first think about it, there are a few ways this form of therapy can get complicated. The first thing to understand is that topical therapy has an even smaller absorption rate than ingestible forms mentioned above. Proper absorption varies depending on the location of the body it is applied to and will be reduced by uncontrollable factors such as humidity or a natural amount of body perspiration! Also, after application, there is the risk of transferring the medication to others like your partner or children. Unless you want to accidentally give your wife a dose of testosterone when you play tag getting ready in the mornings, you may want to consider your other options.
What has now become an extremely popular form of testosterone therapy is the hormone pellet.
What even is a pellet? Pellets are compounded testosterone pressed into a solid that is about the size of a cooked grain of rice. Using a surgical office procedure, multiple pellets are inserted under the skin in the hip area. On average, the pellets are said to last about 4-6 months in men. If the dosage is incorrect, the patient should wait until the inserted pellets have finished releasing the hormones and the dose can be adjusted at the next surgical insertion of more pellets. This method is extremely invasive and is not ideal for any medical team that wants to work with a patient short or long term, capable of adjusting their prescription based on any symptoms that arise or persist.
Our medical team is extremely knowledgeable about pellet therapy for men, not because we offer this form of treatment but because we have so many patients that have come to us after unfortunate experiences on pellet therapy. Pellet therapy is not only invasive and high-risk but it is extremely expensive. A common experience is that the testosterone level peaks during the first month and then drop drastically, quickly bottoming out well before the patient receives the next dosage. The testosterone levels are way too high in the beginning, causing symptoms like aggression, and putting the body at risk to turn the excess testosterone into estrogen.
Increased levels of estrogen for men come with a whole new set of symptoms such as enlarged prostate, increase in breast tissue, feeling emotional, etc. Unfortunately, we see these things have happened to men on pellet therapy because when the pellets are inserted for 4-6 months at a time, the patient’s hormone levels are not being monitored during that time.
Our treatment goal is to revive your hormone levels to match what they were at peak production before they ever started decreasing. Your hormone levels are closely monitored every 3 months by our team of specialists. Using therapeutic levels of bioidentical testosterone, we help each patient achieve and maintain the energized and vibrant lifestyle they didn’t know was possible. Not only is our testosterone treatment simple, effective, and manageable but it’s also affordable.
I am experiencing some or all of the symptoms mentioned above – now what?
We are so confident in both our testosterone replacement therapy and specialized team that we offer initial consultations with a medical professional completely free of charge. Use this opportunity to have an actual doctor answer any questions you may have about TRT or the symptoms of low testosterone you are looking to address. Call our office now and book your free consultation today! Our testosterone program is competitively priced and the entire team is reliable, experienced, and made available conveniently with telehealth appointments over the phone.