Tuesday, November 10, 2009

TESTOPEL: One Injection every 6 months

I have been using TESTOPEL for the treatment of my male patients with hypogonadism, or sexual dysfucntion that is the result of low blood levels of testerone. 

Testosterone is the male hormone.  It is produced in the testicle and circulates in the blood in a variety of active and inactive forms.  Testosterone, in its active form DHT, acts on the many organs in the body, such as the brain, liver, circulatory system, and penis, and allow men to function normally. 

Men with low testosterone levels complain of symptoms such as ED or erectile dysfunction, low sexual drive or decreased libido, irritability, difficulty with concentration at work, and insomnia.  Some men just have vague complaints and basically just don't feel well.

Hypogonadism is diagnosed with a history, physical examination, and a blood test.  Treatment depends on the situation, but typically involves medical replacement of the testosterone.  Testerone medicaltion comes in injection, gel, or patch format. 

Urologists most often prescribe gels to treat hypogonadism.  Men must apply the gels daily in order for them to work properly. 

Some urologists prescribe injections, like testosterone cypionate.   Testosterone cypionate must be given every 3 to 4 weeks due to the rapid rise and fall of the testosterone levels with this treatment plan.  For this reason, most men choose an different form of therapy.

TESTOPEL is the newest treatment for hypogonadism in men.  TESTOPEL is an dissolvable implant that I place under the skin of the buttock once every 4 to 6 months.   In my Smithtown Long Island urology office, I have now done many Testopels.  The procedure takes under 5 minutes and is painless. 

TESTOPEL patients have been thrilled with the results.  Men like the freedom of not having to apply medication daily and they feel "normal" again.

I think it is a great procedure.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions:  Contact

Dr Schoor

Urologist, Smithtown NY