How Long Does it Take for Testosterone Pellets to Work?

If you have been diagnosed with a hormone imbalance such as low testosterone or estrogen, chances are you are already familiar with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) as a treatment option. Unlike other forms of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that utilize synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are plant-derived and are chemically identical to the ones naturally produced in the human body. At Austin Urogynecology, we offer a form of BHRT called SottoPelle testosterone replacement therapy.

SottoPelle is not only a more natural alternative to synthetic hormones, the insertion procedure is also very straightforward and can be performed in our clinic with minimal downtime. We first numb the injection site with local anaesthetic before inserting the pellets (which are about the size of a grain of rice), and then place a small dressing over the area. The exact hormone dosage will vary from person to person and is determined in advance via blood tests.

The primary advantage of Sottopelle is that hormone pellets offer a more consistent state of hormone secretion than other delivery methods (in other words, the side effects and highs and lows are decreased). Having consistent and balanced hormone levels provides a variety of health benefits, including: increased libido, higher energy levels, improved cognition, stable mood, and a stronger cardiovascular system.

Most patients begin to feel the effects of pellet testosterone therapy within four weeks of insertion. Pellets are typically reinserted every three to six months, but we will continually monitor your hormone levels with blood work to confirm that dosage remains correct. Generally speaking, you can assume that it’s time to have new pellets inserted when the benefits begin to wear off and symptoms return. Some patients may also require an additional oral supplement to help optimize their pellet dosage.

If you believe that you might be suffering from low testosterone or hormone imbalance, don’t wait to seek help. Symptoms of low testosterone are often vague and can be associated with other conditions, so hormonal imbalances often go undiagnosed. You could be dealing with a hormonal imbalance if you experience any of the following symptoms: decreased sexual desire, decreased sexual satisfaction, dampened mood, and/or low energy.

If you would like more information on SottoPelle or are interested in scheduling a free consultation, contact Austin Urogynecology today.


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