At a Glance
- Long-acting form of testosterone replacement
- Lasts 4 to 6 months
- Implanted under the skin usually near the hip
- Local anesthetic used in outpatient office visit
Testosterone pellets are small, usually 3mm by 9mm long (about the size of a grain of rice) and contain crystalline testosterone. They are implanted under the skin (usually near the hip)
Starts at $17 a pellet
What to know about Testosterone Pellets
How it Works
Testosterone pellets are implanted under the skin using an instrument called a trocar, usually near your hip, in a short and simple procedure done by a trained healthcare provider. A local anesthetic is given to reduce any discomfort.
Pellets are a long-acting form of testosterone replacement therapy. They typically deliver a steady dose of testosterone over 4 to 6 months depending on the strength and number of pellets implanted.
Who is it for?
Testosterone replacement therapy is for men with symptoms of low testosterone and blood levels that confirm this as the cause of symptoms. Pellets may be a good option for those seeking a consistent, long-term dose.
Over several weeks, after implantation, your body will adjust to the new level of testosterone and you should begin to feel the positive effects. Your doctor will help set treatment goals and measure your response by conducting periodic blood tests to measure the level of testosterone in your body.
Testosterone Pellets Side Effects
- Temporary bruising or soreness at the injection site
- In rare cases, the pellet can extrude from the skin and need to be replaced
Good to know
According to one study, while only 17 percent of people who had TRT chose pellets, 70% of those who did were satisfied which is comparable to gels and injections.
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