Recently, the FDA approved implantable testosterone pellets for men which can last about 5-6 months. This is a major breakthrough since the pellets need to be implanted 2-3 times a year beneath the skin in the upper part of the buttocks. Obviously, this option of testosterone replacement is new to the market but appears to be a better choice for longer lasting therapeutic results. It also eliminates the need for daily creams, gels, troches and weekly injections.
This is a good option for men who do no want to deal with the hassles of daily injection, but are not candidates for the topical application. Men who travel frequently for business may want to choose this option, as going through airport security with injectable testosterone, syringes and needles or topical testosterone may be a problem with international travelers. It is also good for men with small children, those do not want to use creams and certainly don’t want to do injections and for men involved in relationships.
The downside to implantable pellets is that if requires a minor in office surgical procedure which takes about 15-20 minutes from start to completion. As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection and localized black and blue marks which can take about 5-7days to resolve. After the procedure, you can go about your daily activities as usual.
Most insurance companies prescription plans will pay for the pellets, you will still be responsible for the copayment and the cost of the procedure. Of the available options this is the most expensive.