Testopel Uses

Treating Delayed Puberty With Testopel

Delayed puberty occurs when a child does not undergo puberty (the period of sexual maturity) by a certain age -- around age 14 in boys and age 12 in girls. There are many possible causes of delayed puberty. In some cases, the child is just a "late bloomer" and puberty is expected to occur at a later date. In other cases, the underlying cause may be due to a medical problem that requires treatment for puberty to occur.
Delayed puberty can be quite troubling to an adolescent. Testopel may be used to treat delayed puberty in boys who are expected to otherwise eventually go through puberty but are not responding to psychological support. In these cases, Testopel is typically used for a brief period, at a relatively low dose, just to get puberty started. Once puberty begins, the body can produce its own hormones and the medication can be stopped.
Testosterone replacement therapy, including Testopel, may also be used to produce male sex characteristics in adolescents who would not otherwise go through puberty due to certain medical problems. Replacement therapy may need to continue into adulthood in males for whom testosterone deficiencies persist beyond puberty.

How Does It Work?

Testopel is a tiny pellet that contains testosterone. The pellet is inserted into the fatty layer just beneath the skin. Once there, the pellet slowly dissolves, releasing testosterone into the body for three to four months (sometimes as long as six months). As a result, testosterone blood levels increase.

Is Testopel Safe for Use in Children?

In certain cases, Testopel may be used in boys with low testosterone levels when needed for the development of male sex characteristics or to stimulate puberty. Because this treatment may cause a problem with bone growth, bone age must be monitored every six months in children. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Testopel in children.
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