Testosterone Replacement Therapy Cost: Key Tips You Should Know
Would you like to learn the true testosterone therapy cost? Read further to see which the price is and what it consist of.
Testosterone is the major sex hormone in men primarily involved in the production of sperms and red blood cells, regulation of fertility, and the distribution of fat. Testosterone is produced by the testicles. It is also produced by the women’s ovaries but in a much smaller amount. The testosterone hormone starts its activity at puberty and begins to drop over the age of 30.
The level of testosterone naturally declines with age but there are many other factors that decrease the level of the hormone, and they are injuries to the testicles, chemotherapies, stress and, chronic health conditions. Low levels of testosterone or “hypogonadism” cause an imbalance in T-hormone production which ultimately leads to infertility, reduction of muscle mass, and some other health disorders in men.
How to check testosterone levels?
A series of simple blood tests are performed to check the levels of testosterone. Total testosterone level, Luteinizing hormone (LH), Blood prolactin level, and Blood hemoglobin tests are undergone depending on the symptoms and complexity of the disease.
The normal levels of testosterone in men are 280-110mg/dl. Reasons for the low levels of testosterone may vary; if an adult is suffering from hypogonadism then it means that their pituitary gland is working abnormally. But if a teenager is suffering from a high or low level of testosterone, then it means they are experiencing earlier or delayed puberty.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
If you are suffering from low T levels, there is no need to worry. There are many ways by which you can improve or increase your testosterone without any severe side effects. Testosterone can be increased by bioidentical hormone administered via injections, oral medicines, or gels.
Testosterone replacement therapy is the best choice for you to increase your poor testosterone levels, get rid of consequent disorders and enjoy your life. Testosterone therapy enhances muscle mass and decreases body fat as well as brings many more benefits for physical and mental well-being. No matter the testosterone therapy cost and term, this treatment is worth considering.
You may experience some side effects during the treatment, such as oily skin, swelling at the injection site, or, in some cases, a drop in sperm production. However, the risks can be avoided in case if the therapy is taken properly and the dosage is chosen based on a doctor’s prescription.
Types of TRT
TRT therapy is provided in different ways. These are transdermal (by skin), oral or buccal, intramuscular injections, or intranasal (through the nose) testosterone drugs.
Transdermal: Topical or transdermal therapy is represented by creams, gels, patches, and liquids for rubbing on the skin or sticking to the skin for absorption.
Always wash your hands before and after applying the gels, liquids, or creams. Don’t wash the skin until the next dose. Don’t apply the cream or gel on injured or patchy skin.
Injections: We offer TRT therapy in the form of injections. The long-acting injections are intramuscular ones. And short-acting injections are made under the skin and they are subcutaneous ones. The intramuscular shots are more effective and can be self-administered.
Intranasal: This therapy is available in the form of gels. Each dose is pumped into the nostrils at least three times a day or as directed by a doctor.
Oral: As the name indicates, this therapy is available in the form of pills which are placed in the mouth under the tongue for twelve hours.
Pellets: A doctor will place these pellets under the skin of the hips or buttocks using an anesthetic. This medication takes time and the drug is dissolved for over 3-6 months.
Each method has its pros and cons. The method of taking the therapy is chosen depending on your symptoms, lab evaluation, and a doctor’s prescription. After one or two appointments with a doctor, he/she will teach you how to take the therapy in the case if you want to take it by yourself (for instance, self-inject the hormone).
Once you learn how to self-administer testosterone, you can apply it by yourself at home. After treatment, regular medical monitoring is required to check whether the therapy is working or not and that the level of testosterone is normal.
How much does testosterone replacement therapy cost….??
Testosterone replacement therapy is a long-term treatment that takes from 6 months up to 1 year. TRT boosts your testosterone levels in a certain period of receiving the therapy and not at once. Since the treatment is a long-term one, patients want to know the actual cost of TRT treatment.
The estimated testosterone therapy cost would be from $20 up to $1,000 per month depending on the type of medication and the availability of insurance. If a patient has health insurance, they would not have to pay all the price of TRT. The actual low T treatment cost varies from patient to patient. There are various factors upon which the cost of the therapy depends and may vary:
- your location;
- the severity of your symptoms;
- type of prescription or medication;
- method of administration;
- the longevity of the treatment;
- health insurance.
Keep it safe and legal
It’s important to consider buying only original testosterone drugs on a legal basis and based on the prescription of a doctor. Buying illegal testosterone can put you at risk of getting harmful effects on your health.
TRT cost can be broken down into the following sections:
Blood Tests Cost: Before receiving the treatment you would have to undergo a range of blood tests as mentioned earlier. It may cost up to $1,500 for all blood tests if you don’t have health insurance. Some clinics provide discounts for blood tests and other medical services to patients who don’t have insurance coverage for testosterone treatment.
Medication cost: Each medication has a different price value; if you would choose pellets TRT then it would cost you $500 per month. If you prefer creams, gels, and patches then it would cost you $200 to $500 per month. Again, this depends on the disorder of the patient because different dosages and different terms of the therapy may be required.
Testosterone injections with insurance can cost from $30 to $40 per month, testosterone creams – from $25 to $35 per month, and oral medication – $10 to $30 per month.
Cost of testosterone Shots for low T treatment
Considering all the above factors, the low T treatment cost may vary from $24 to $124 per month. This is just the rough estimation of testosterone therapy cost. If you receive treatment in the form of injections, or patches from our doctor, he will properly check your condition as well as check whether your testosterone levels are boosting or not. But if you apply therapy yourself, then you would have to buy syringes and injections that also add up to the overall cost.
TRT with Insurance
If you have any kind of health insurance, then this is good news for you, because health insurance companies cover most of the expenses as well as prescription costs, blood tests, etc. The cost of testosterone injections may vary from $30-$100 per month depending on your insurance policy. At the start, the cost of testosterone shots is somewhat high as a doctor has to find out the root cause of your condition based on a comprehensive lab evaluation. The price decreases over time.
Price of Testosterone Therapy Without Insurance
TRT is a comparatively expensive treatment for those who do not have any kind of insurance because therapy costs may range from $100 per month without insurance. The non-covered cost of testosterone pellets, however, is considered to be $500 per month with no insurance. While patches, creams, and gels typically vary between $200 and $500 per month.
Your Health is a Top Priority
Testosterone replacement therapy both boosts your testosterone levels and improves your overall health, mental capacity, maintains hormonal balance and overall well-being. If you observe any symptoms like fatigue, depression, weight gain without a reason, decreased muscle mass, or reduced sex drive, don’t hesitate to contact us to get a free consultation and learn if medical evaluation and lab tests are indicated to you to see if a hormonal imbalance exists.