Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone produced by both men and women. Approximately
half of the production is through the adrenal gland while half is derived from the
testes in the male. The ovary also produces testosterone (surprisingly).
Women lose the ovarian testosterone at menopause. Men lose approximately 1% per
year beginning at the age of 40. This creates a slow loss rather than an abrupt
change. Over time, the loss becomes significant. Names such as “male menopause”
or “andropause” have been suggested.
What is true is that men are also at risk, not just for declining sexual function,
but also for osteoporosis.
Replacement therapy is just as important in men as in women…though the male population
receives far less attention.
For decades one very nice form of Rx has been pure testosterone placed under the
skin of the abdomen as pellets, small “cylinders” of pure hormone that are absorbed
slowly. The effect is more gradual without the instant “overshoot” of a shot (IM
injection). One implantation usually last 4-5 months before gradually “wearing off.”
Men being treated notice more energy, libido, better sexual performance, and a tendency
to burn more fat and retain more lean body mass.
Before treatment is begun, a prospective patient needs a thorough physical exam
(including a prostate exam). He needs to not have a history of prostate problems
or a tumor. The following laboratory tests are needed as a baseline:
1. A liver function panel (including LDH, Alk.Phos, SGOT, and SGPT)
2. Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
3. Serum Testosterone
A medical questionnaire will be requested and informed consent agreement executed.
Therapy is usually begun at the low range of possible dosages since more can be
given the next time. This is to avoid creating and overly high level of testosterone.
At Costagenics, your safety is our primary concern.