Testosterone Replacement Therapy In Milford, MA
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy in men?
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is the use of testosterone to treat and restore testosterone balance within the body. Testosterone is critical in maintaining health and wellness. As men age, the ability to make testosterone may diminish. Testosterone deficiency may cause low libido and sexual dysfunction in men, as well as mood changes, weight gain, fatigue, muscle loss and trouble sleeping,
What are are the types of Testosterone Replacement?
Bioidentical testosterone is engineered from plants to mimic human testosterone which makes it immediately available in the bloodstream. This is believed to improve efficacy and minimize side effects. In addition, Bioidentical testosterone can be custom compounded to offer highly specific dosing for patients.
Synthetic testosterone is made of chemicals and does not exactly duplicate the body's natural testosterone. Synthetic testosterone is available only in set dosages, and can not be easily customized for patients.
What are the methods of Testosterone Replacement Therapy for men?
As with any form of testosterone replacement, testosterone levels, complete blood count and prostate specific antigen levels need to be monitored by Dr. Steinberg on a regular basis. This blood testing should take place two to four times per year, and a digital rectal examination is needed annually for prostate cancer screening.
Testosterone Creams and Gels Creams and gels are common forms of TRT in men. Both creams and gels need to be thoroughly rubbed into the skin on a daily basis, and allowed to dry completely before clothing is worn. After application, avoidance of direct skin contact with women and children is important to prevent transference of the medication.
Testosterone Injections Testosterone may also be given by a deep muscular or subcutaneous injection, every 1-2 weeks. Dr. Steinberg will instruct the patient or his partner on the technique of drawing up the medication and injecting it into the arm, thigh or buttock. Patients may experience inconsistent testosterone levels with this method.
Testosterone Pellet Therapy Dr. Steinberg performs Testosterone pellet insertions. The pellets slowly and consistently deliver testosterone over the course of three to six months. During a 15 minute office procedure, the testosterone pellets are implanted under the skin using local anesthesia. The pellets gradually dissolve over a few months. This testosterone delivery method gives a slow, steady constant infusion of testosterone into the body.