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Bio-identical Hormones Treatment Process for Men

There has been a precipitous drop in male testosterone in the U.S. over the past few decades; an approximate 30% reduction in testosterone levels occurred between 1987 and 2007 in the average 45 to 79 year old. Yet, many doctors still do not routinely test their male patients’ testosterone levels.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Cincinnati
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Cincinnati

Bio-identical Hormones Treatment Process for Men

There has been a precipitous drop in male testosterone in the U.S. over the past few decades; an approximate 30% reduction in testosterone levels occurred between 1987 and 2007 in the average 45 to 79 year old. Yet, many doctors still do not routinely test their male patients’ testosterone levels.

WHY TESTOSTERONE PELLETS FOR MEN?
Bio-identical hormones have the exact same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are made in the human body. The difference between a “bio-identical” hormone versus a hormone that is not “bio-identical” is the molecular structure and shape of the hormone. Why is this important? Think of a hormone as a “key” and the receptor which it activates as a lock. In order for a replacement hormone to exactly replicate the function of the hormone that humans naturally produce, the bio-identical replacement I provide must exactly match the human hormone. It is the structural differences that exist between human “bio-identical” and “non-bio-identical” hormones that are responsible for serious side effects and sometimes fatal health risks that occur when “bio-identical” hormones are used in humans.

WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH TREATMENT?
If you are deemed an appropriate candidate for testosterone therapy (and after baseline blood work and appropriate consultation), you will have a small area of skin at your waist line below the “love handle” area numbed with a local anesthetic. A small cut in the skin of about a 16th of an inch (3 millimeters) is made in the numb area. A tiny metal tube with a plunger then painlessly inserts the testosterone pellets into the deep fat where you won’t be able to feel it. A steri-strip skin tape is used to cover the small skin opening which falls off in 4 or 5 days after the skin heals closed. That’s it! Come back every 4 months to repeat the process. For 5 days after the insertion. You should not do high impact activities or put direct pressure on the pellets (by performing sit-ups on a hard floor for example). If you want to stop treatment – stop when you are willing to feel the way you did before treatment. 

Schedule your consultation today, 937.433.6513

WHY TESTOSTERONE PELLETS FOR MEN?
Bio-identical hormones have the exact same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are made in the human body. The difference between a “bio-identical” hormone versus a hormone that is not “bio-identical” is the molecular structure and shape of the hormone. Why is this important? Think of a hormone as a “key” and the receptor which it activates as a lock. In order for a replacement hormone to exactly replicate the function of the hormone that humans naturally produce, the bio-identical replacement I provide must exactly match the human hormone. It is the structural differences that exist between human “bio-identical” and “non-bio-identical” hormones that are responsible for serious side effects and sometimes fatal health risks that occur when “bio-identical” hormones are used in humans.

WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH TREATMENT?
If you are deemed an appropriate candidate for testoster
one therapy (and after baseline blood work and appropriate consultation), you will have a small area of skin at your waist line below the “love handle” area numbed with a local anesthetic. A small cut in the skin of about a 16th of an inch (3 millimeters) is made in the numb area. A tiny metal tube with a plunger then painlessly inserts the testosterone pellets into the deep fat where you won’t be able to feel it. A steri-strip skin tape is used to cover the small skin opening which falls off in 4 or 5 days after the skin heals closed. That’s it! Come back every 4 months to repeat the process. For 5 days after the insertion. You should not do high impact activities or put direct pressure on the pellets (by performing sit-ups on a hard floor for example). If you want to stop treatment – stop when you are willing to feel the way you did before treatment. 

Schedule your consultation today, 937.433.6513

WHEN WILL I NOTICE IMPROVEMENTS AND DOES EVERYONE RESPOND?
Every man is different in this regard. In general, most men notice improvements in exercise tolerance, mood and energy with in the first month or so. However, a large change in body composition with decreased body fat and increased muscle mass may take multiple months and several treatments. By the time you are into your second set of pellets (month 5 through 8), you should notice significant improvements in nearly every category. Improvements continue for a year or longer until you reach your optimum condition. Healthy diet with lower carbs and regular exercise further enhance the results. While it is highly unlikely, there are rare cases (about 1% of the time in my practice) when the man does not feel enough improvement occurred after the second set of pellets to continue.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?
When you call to schedule an appointment to consult with us on possible T pellet supplementation, we will want to make sure you have appropriate lab work done in advance. If you have current PSA, Testosterone level, Estrogen level, and CBC along with any appropriate other blood work (fasting blood sugar, Cholesterol levels, etc.), you will need to bring it with you. Otherwise a lab sheet will be sent to you for blood work in advance of the consultation. During the consultation, we will discuss your medical history, the issues that are bothering you, your unique concerns, and whether T pellets seem a good option for you.

Schedule your consultation today, 937.433.6513

WHEN WILL I NOTICE IMPROVEMENTS AND DOES EVERYONE RESPOND?
Every man is different in this regard. In general, most men notice improvements in exercise tolerance, mood and energy with in the first month or so. However, a large change in body composition with decreased body fat and increased muscle mass may take multiple months and several treatments. By the time you are into your second set of pellets (month 5 through 8), you should notice significant improvements in nearly every category. Improvements continue for a year or longer until you reach your optimum condition. Healthy diet with lower carbs and regular exercise further enhance the results. While i
t is highly unlikely, there are rare cases (about 1% of the time in my practice) when the man does not feel enough improvement occurred after the second set of pellets to continue.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?
When you call to schedule an appointment to consult with us on possible T pellet supplementation, we will want to make sure you have appropriate lab work done in advance. If you have current PSA, Testosterone level, Estrogen level, and CBC along with any appropriate other blood work (fasting blood sugar, Cholesterol levels, etc.), you will need to bring it with you. Otherwise a lab sheet will be sent to you for blood work in advance of the consultation. During the consultation, we will discuss your medical history, the issues that are bothering you, your unique concerns, and whether T pellets seem a good option for you.

Schedule your consultation today, 937.433.6513

THE MISSING T: IS THIS NO BIG DEAL …OR A LIFE AND DEATH PROBLEM?
You may not be alone! In a study done in 2007, nearly 40% of men 45 years old and older tested at their doctor’s office had low testosterone levels. More than that suffered from insufficient testosterone levels for optimal health and well-being. There has been a precipitous drop in male testosterone in the U.S. over the past few decades; an approximate 30% reduction in testosterone levels occurred between 1987 and 2007 in the average 45 to 79 year old. Yet, many doctors still do not routinely test their male patients testosterone levels. Often times people mistakenly believe that if sexual performance is not a problem, there is no reason to check levels or supplement testosterone. Nothing could be further from the truth!! Multiple studies have proven that low testosterone is quite hazardous to men’s health and quality of life.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY OF TREATING LOW T?
In my opinion from my extensive research and experience, the ideal treatment would be to provide a man with a constant level of available testosterone sufficient to meet his optimal needs and demands. Gels have issues with absorption and available levels being inconsistent throughout the day. Injections have issues with spiking peaks and valleys in availability. Oral T supplementation is not a viable option as it gets metabolized in the liver before it gets to the blood stream. Testosterone Pellets have been used since 1939 in the US, and provide a constant reservoir of T with a steady state release rate over the effective life of the pellet. Each pellet insertion in men lasts approximately 4 months. I and others have concluded that, for the foreseeable future, T pellets are the best way in which to supplement Testosterone in men and women.

Schedule your consultation today, 937.433.6513

THE MISSING T: IS THIS NO BIG DEAL …OR A LIFE AND DEATH PROBLEM?
You may not be
alone! In a study done in 2007, nearly 40% of men 45 years old and older tested at their doctor’s office had low testosterone levels. More than that suffered from insufficient testosterone levels for optimal health and well-being. There has been a precipitous drop in male testosterone in the U.S. over the past few decades; an approximate 30% reduction in testosterone levels occurred between 1987 and 2007 in the average 45 to 79 year old. Yet, many doctors still do not routinely test their male patients testosterone levels. Often times people mistakenly believe that if sexual performance is not a problem, there is no reason to check levels or supplement testosterone. Nothing could be further from the truth!! Multiple studies have proven that low testosterone is quite hazardous to men’s health and quality of life.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY OF TREATING LOW T?
In my opinion from my extensive research and experience, the ideal treatment would be to provide a man with a constant level of available testosterone sufficient to meet his optimal needs and demands. Gels have issues with absorption and available levels being inconsistent throughout the day. Injections have issues with spiking peaks and valleys in availability. Oral T supplementation is not a viable option as it gets metabolized in the liver before it gets to the blood stream. Testosterone Pellets have been used since 1939 in the US, and provide a constant reservoir of T with a steady state release rate over the effective life of the pellet. Each pellet insertion in men lasts approximately 4 months. I and others have concluded that, for the foreseeable future, T pellets are the best way in which to supplement Testosterone in men and women.

Schedule your consultation today, 937.433.6513

Schedule your consultation today, 937.433.6513

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH DANGERS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE?
The first risk of low T that bears mentioning is: DEATH

An 8-year study reported in 2006 study by the Veterans Administration showed a 75% increase in death rate among men 40 years old and older with T levels below 250ng/dl compared to those above 450 ng/dl in. Multiple other scientific studies have confirmed a significant increase in risk of death from all causes in men of various age groups with low testosterone levels. Low levels of Testosterone have been shown in multiple studies to be associated with dramatically increased risks of:

  • Diabetes (elevated blood sugar)
  • Heart diseases
  • Increased visceral body fat
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Atherosclerosis (plaques in the arteries)
  • Cancer
  • Decreased cognitive thinking
  • Decreased exercise tolerance
  • Decreases sexual function
  • Depression

WHAT ARE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE?

  • Anxiety
  • Decline in your feeling of well-being
  • Decrease in ability/frequency to perform sexually
  • Decrease in beard growth
  • Decrease in the number of morning erections
  • Decreased Muscular Strength
  • Decrease in sexual desire/libido
  • Depressed Mood
  • Excessive sweating or hot flushes
  • Feeling that you have passed your peak
  • Feeling burnt out
  • Irritability
  • Joint pain and Muscular pain
  • Nervousness
  • Often feeling tired
  • Physical Exhaustion/ Lacking Vitality
  • Sleep problems

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH DANGERS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE?
The first risk of low T that bears mentioning is: DEATH

An 8-year study reported in 2006 study by the Veterans Administration showed a 75% increase in death rate among men 40 years old and older with T levels below 250ng/dl compared to those above 450 ng/dl in. Multiple other scientific studies have confirmed a significant increase in risk of death from all causes in men of various age groups with low testosterone levels. Low levels of Testosterone have been shown in multiple studies to be associated with dramatically increased risks of:

  • Diabetes (elevated blood sugar)
  • Heart diseases
  • Increased visceral body fat
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Atherosclerosis (plaques in the arteries)
  • Cancer
  • Decreased cognitive thinking
  • Decreased exercise tolerance
  • Decreases sexual function
  • Depression

WHAT ARE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE?

  • Anxiety
  • Decline in your feeling of well-being
  • Decrease in ability/frequency to perform sexually
  • Decrease in beard growth
  • Decrease in the number of morning erections
  • Decreased Muscular Strength
  • Decrease in sexual desire/libido
  • Depressed Mood
  • Excessive sweating or hot flushes
  • Feeling that you have passed your peak
  • Feeling burnt out
  • Irritability
  • Joint pain and Muscular pain
  • Nervousness
  • Often feeling tired
  • Physical Exhaustion/ Lacking Vitality
  • Sleep problems

Schedule your consultation today, 937.433.6513

DO ALL SYMPTOMS OCCUR AT ONCE OR AT DIFFERENT LEVELS?
This question leads to the introduction of the idea of Relative Androgen Deficiency, or RAD. RAD simply states that you will develop each individual symptom of low T as described above at a T level unique to you. For, example Joe may develop a depressive low energy mood issue at a T level below 500, while Jim may not have that issue until he is below 400. We are unique individuals, and while generalizations and averages can be helpful for a general understanding, each person will develop a specific symptom at a T level specific to them. However, in general:

  • Loss of libido or energy increased significantly below testosterone concentrations of 430 ng/dL
  • Depression and Diabetes type 2 in non-obese men were more common with testosterone concentrations below 300 ng/dL
  • Erectile Dysfunction was contributed to significantly by testosterone concentrations below 230 ng/dL

Additionally, some internists are now recommending that men with levels below 500ng/dl consider treatment for preventative health reasons, even if they are not experiencing significant symptoms.

WHAT BENEFITS MIGHT I EXPECT FROM T PELLET THERAPY IF MY TESTOSTERONE LEVEL IS CAUSING MY SYMPTOMS?

  • Reduces Cholesterol
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Lower triglycerides
  • Better blood pressure
  • Decreased death rate from all causes in both sexes.
  • Improved insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control in diabetics.
  • Beneficial effects on cardiac ischemia, angina and chronic heart failure.
  • Improved mood
  • Improved energy levels
  • Improved Mental function
  • Improved exercise tolerance
  • Improved muscle mass
  • Reduced body fat
  • Reduced waist circumference

Schedule your consultation today, 937.433.6513

DO ALL SYMPTOMS OCCUR AT ONCE OR AT DIFFERENT LEVELS?
This question leads to the introduction of the idea of Relative Androgen Deficiency, or RAD. RAD simply states that you will develop each individual symptom of low T as described above at a T level unique to you. For, example Joe may develop a depressive low energy mood issue at a T level below 500, while Jim may not have that issue until he is below 400. We are unique individuals, and while generalizations and averages can be helpful for a general understanding, each person will develop a specific symptom at a T level specific to them. However, in general:

  • Loss of libido or energy increased significantly below testosterone concentrations of 430 ng/dL
  • Depression and Diabetes type 2 in non-obese men were more common with testosterone concentrations below 300 ng/dL
  • Erectile Dysfunction was contributed to significantly by testosterone concentrations below 230 ng/dL

Additionally, some internists are now recommending that men with levels below 500ng/dl consider treatment for preventative health reasons, even if they are not experiencing significant symptoms.

WHAT BENEFITS MIGHT I EXPECT FROM T PELLET THERAPY IF MY TESTOSTERONE LEVEL IS CAUSING MY SYMPTOMS?

  • Reduces Cholesterol
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Lower triglycerides
  • Better blood pressure
  • Decreased death rate from all causes in both sexes.
  • Improved insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control in diabetics.
  • Beneficial effects on cardiac ischemia, angina and chronic heart failure.
  • Improved mood
  • Improved energy levels
  • Improved Mental function
  • Improved exercise tolerance
  • Improved muscle mass
  • Reduced body fat
  • Reduced waist circumference

Schedule your consultation today, 937.433.6513

THE COMPLETE WOMEN’S PRACTICE

Dr. Jennifer L. Cova, D.O. FACOG
Medical Director

Hello, and welcome to my practice. My name is Dr. Jennifer Cova.

It is my pleasure to partner with you on your healthcare journey. My hope is to become more than just a doctor’s office for you. It is my intention to build a long-lasting relationship with my patients. During your visit to Cova Ob/Gyn, we will discuss many aspects of your medical, family, and social history.

As the founder of Cova Ob/Gyn and Cova MedSpa, I am here to support you through each stage of life. Building a long-lasting relationship is my intention. I’m a board-certified Ob/Gyn physician with over 20 years of experience in obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s wellness.

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THE COMPLETE WOMEN’S PRACTICE

Dr. Jennifer L. Cova, D.O. FACOG
Medical Director

Hello, and welcome to my practice. My name is Dr. Jennifer Cova.

It is my pleasure to partner with you on your healthcare journey. My hope is to become more than just a doctor’s office for you. It is my intention to build a long-lasting relationship with my patients. During your visit to Cova Ob/Gyn, we will discuss many aspects of your medical, family, and social history.

As the founder of Cova Ob/Gyn and Cova MedSpa, I am here to support you through each stage of life. Building a long-lasting relationship is my intention. I’m a board-certified Ob/Gyn physician with over 20 years of experience in obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s wellness.

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At the scheduled appointment time, you will connect with our advanced practitioner members of the team for a virtual consultation. You can connect with them from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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Dr. Jennifer Cova The Complete Women's Practice telemedicine

Telemedicine

For Medical Weight Loss and Hormone Therapy Services

Book a telemedicine visit with our team of advanced healthcare professionals at Cova Ob/Gyn at a time that works for you. Our scheduling team will work with you to ensure a convenient appointment time.

At the scheduled appointment time, you will connect with our advanced practitioner members of the team for a virtual consultation. You can connect with them from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Schedule your consultation today, 937.433.6513

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Contact Cova Ob/Gyn today at 937.433.6513 or Cova Medspa at 937.723.7459 to make an appointment, or for more information.