The hormones are absorbed by your system over a period of four months for women, six for men. Before the first injection was totally depleted, I went for seconds. I have to travel three hours away to find a doctor who doesn't see this as a money-making venture and believes in helping his patients. The insurance pays for the office visit, I pay for the pellets, and I get two per visit. Hormones equal good life, but then, I started realizing I was losing hair. I'd expected, perhaps to grow a mustache, but not develop male-pattern baldness. *lol* One call to the doctor explained the problem...my body was converting the testosterone into something that it shouldn't, so I take a pill to change that. That's been the one side affect, until now, when my second round of pellets has completely gone. I feel like I've going through the change of life all over again. So, it's not a wise move to wait until the last minute to see the doc. I go again next Wednesday to have them renewed, and I can't wait.
What ticks me off? My husband is able to go to a local urologist and have his done without any hassles from the insurance company. I, however, am deemed unnecessary since I've exceeded the expiration date on usefulness as far as the medical community and insurance industry is concerned. Yes, our bodies stop producing hormones, but that doesn't mean we can't replenish them and continue to live a more rewarding life. The qualify of mine totally changed with the implants, and now I'm back to the same uncaring, unproductive, foggy state I was pre-hormone injection. This procedure has been around for years, but the pharmaceutical companies don't want you to know about it. Imagine the decline in their pill-pushing. I've already ceased taking four prescriptions since becoming a pellet junkie. :) But, most doctors, and certainly the insurance companies operate on the theory that if my body has stopped producing hormones, I must not need them. I guess the fact that for me, BIH are like a proverbial fountain of youth. the good news is that now the insurance pays entirely for my husband. Again, we women get short-shafted.
Oh, if you're like me, you're suprised that women need testosterone. Here's what my friend, Ann, an FNP in Alaska has posted on her new FB page: