Though some patients may benefit from topical testosterone preparations, we find that the majority of our clients, both men and women, benefit most from a once-a-week testosterone cypionate injection.
There are several reasons for this, which I’ll get into in a minute, but first, I’d like you to watch this short video about the benefits of a testosterone cypionate injection schedule over other forms of testosterone replacement therapy.
Why A Weekly Testosterone Cypionate Injection Schedule Is Superior to Topical Preparations or Implantable Pellets
To summarize my points in the video:
- Still carry the same risks of therapy (i.e. the same risks as a testosterone cypionate injection schedule or implantable pellets)
- Are expensive
- Are often uncovered by insurance
- Are often not absorbed properly (or, for some people, are not absorbed at all)
- Often do not reach proper therapeutic levels (because they’re not being absorbed)
- Can be accidentally absorbed by other people, often family members
- Must be applied daily
- Can be applied at home, and so are often seen as much more convenient
- Is FDA approved
Pellets (Not Recommended)
- Generally do not work as advertised
- Can be extruded by your body
- Do not have a proper time-release mechanism, leading to testosterone levels that are too high for the first month (inviting risk) and levels that are too low a few months later (so not addressing symptoms)
- Not covered by insurance
- Not FDA approved
A Weekly Testosterone Cypionate Injection
- Increases levels quickly
- Keeps testosterone levels from going too high or dipping too low
- Is FDA approved
- Addresses symptoms while limiting risk
Bottom Line: A Testosterone Cypionate Injection Schedule Is the Best Therapy We Have Right Now for Low Testosterone
You can probably see why we favor injections, both for men and for women, but I can understand why this doesn’t work for everyone — coming into the office once a week for an injection can be a burden, which is why we work hard to get you in and out for your weekly injection as quickly as possible.
Still, for some, this burden can be insurmountable, and for some, gels or other topical preparations can absolutely work if managed carefully and appropriately. However, if you are in regular contact with other people, especially at home, topicals may not be a good option.
As far as implantable pellets are concerned, this would be the best option if they worked as advertised.
Unfortunately, pellets are very much in a hit-or-miss stage of development. Because a large pharmaceutical company has not invested in them, the only way to get implantable testosterone pellets is from a compounding pharmacy.
Until very recently, compounding pharmacies could vary widely in quality, which meant that some pellets might work as advertised and others would not.
Now, thanks to new regulations on compounding pharmacies by the FDA, it’s possible that this may change and that the quality of pellets may improve. However, for the moment, we still recommend against pellets.
Learn More About Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy doesn’t have to be a burden, and the benefits can be profound.
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