Written by Dr. Jennifer Landa
Pellet therapy has been around since the 1930s–the concept is probably about the same age as Premarin, but much like other bioidentical hormones, a lack of approval from the FDA has left the public fearful of the consequences of use.
In 2008, the FDA gave its blessing to Slate Pharmaceutical’s Testopel, bioidentical testosterone pellet therapy designed exclusively for men. As many have discovered the ease and effectiveness of this delivery method for testosterone, it has become increasingly popular for men and women.
Testosterone delivered by pellet implant, has been used to treat migraines and menstrual headaches. It may also be an effective treatment for vaginal dryness, incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency. In both men and women, testosterone has been shown to increase energy, relieve depression, increase sense of well-being, relieve anxiety and improve memory and concentration. Testosterone pellets increase lean body mass (muscle strength, bone density) and decrease fat mass. Men and women need adequate levels of testosterone for optimal mental and physical health and for the prevention of chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which have been associated with low testosterone levels.
In men, testosterone pellet therapy can improve erectile dysfunction (including throwing out your Viagra) and ensure regardless of age, you can keep up with your high-profile job and those youthful co-workers walking through the door. Low testosterone is among the most common issues facing the aging male. It affects multiple aspects of their lives, including sex drive, incontinence and maintenance of muscle mass.
Women often tread carefully at the mere suggestion of testosterone therapy, but just as with men, when testosterone runs low – it affects multiple aspects of life. Testosterone is the hormone that helps women manage their emotions, ensuring the little things, like a sappy commercials, don't evoke uncontrollable tears. Low testosterone often impacts a woman’s weight and sex drive. Without enough testosterone, gaining and sustaining lean body mass can be difficult.