Testosterone Pills for Men

Hypogonadism or inefficient production of testosterone in men is a serious health concern especially in men with partners who wish to have an active sex life. Low testosterone may cause low sperm count, loss of libido, erection problems among others. After diagnosis, doctors usually recommend testosterone supplement to increase the amount of the male hormone in the body. There are several types of testosterone supplements available in the market to treat hypogonadism (klick).

Testosterone pills such as methyltestosterone are known as Android and Testred brands. These pills are ingested through the mouth for about one to four times a day, depending on the amount of bioavailable testosterone in the body. The doctor will determine the dosage based on this. The instructions of the doctor about the dosage and frequency of use should be diligently followed to maximize benefits. Sudden stop in taking the medication make cause withdrawal reactions of the body exhibited by depression, weakness, and tiredness. The doctor usually recommends gradual decrease in the dosage to prevent such reactions.

Testosterone pills are quite controversial in some countries because studies have shown risky side effects of the pills. These reactions include liver toxicity, which may lead to a phletora of more diseases. In the U.S., testosterone pills are discouraged. In Canada and Europe, a safer version of the pill is commercially available.

Testosterone Pills for Men

Other possible side effects of methyltestosterone are vomiting, headache, hair loss, pimples, skin color changes, increased or decreased libido, and oily skin. Decrease in sperm production is also another side effect of taking testosterone supplements so men who wish to make kids are discouraged to take testosterone pills. Allergic reactions may also occur but is not highly frequent. Formation of rashes, swelling of head parts, and breathing difficulty may occur. Patients must contact their healthcare specialist once side effects are observed.

Testosterone Gels for Men

Testosterone Gels for Men

Low testosterone or hypogonadism is reported to have affected 39 percent of men with age of 45 or higher. This is treated by testosterone supplements which can be applied is different forms. One of the easiest ways to boost testosterone levels is through application of testosterone gels.

Testosterone gels such as Androgel, Axiron, Fortesta, Vogelo, First-Testosterone, First Testosterone MC, and Testim supplies 5 to 10mg of testosterone daily. It is easy to apply compared to testosterone patch and produces less skin reactions. However, not all patients absorb it efficiently. And since it is applied topically, the possibility of skin-to-skin transfer is very high. Similar to other skin medications, the testosterone gel is relatively expensive.

To purchase a testosterone gel, a prescription from a licensed healthcare specialist is necessary. Thus, a patient must first see a doctor to confirm condition that needs testosterone therapy (klick).

To apply the gel, the skin must be clean and dry. Thus it is preferred to be applied after morning bath. The gel is applied on the shoulders or upper arms. It is expected that at least 10 percent of the testosterone content of the gel is absorbed by the body within 24 hours from application time.

The most common side effect of testosterone gel is skin irritation caused by allergic reaction to the ingredients of the gel. It is necessary to keep the skin with testosterone gel away from other persons who should not be taking the medication, especially children. There are no studies conducted to show the effects of testosterone gel on children or breastfeeding mothers. Thus, extreme precaution should be taken.

Drinking alcohol while under medication may also cause negative reactions. If you are taking other medications, make sure to disclose this with your doctor to prevent unwanted interactions with testosterone application.

Testosterone Injections for Men

Testosterone hormone is responsible for several body functions of men such as mood, sperm formation, sexual drive, muscle strength, and body fat. Thus, the levels of testosterone must be at normal levels all the time. The normal level of testosterone ranges from  300 to 1,000 ng/dL. Testosterone levels can be measured through blood test. When the doctor finds out that a patient has below normal levels of testosterone, he would recommend testosterone replacement therapy through injections.

Among other forms of testosterone supplements, the injection is one of the most inexpensive options. The price of infection ranges from S12 to 30 per shot, depending on the brand. However, injections are usually administered by healthcare professionals. Thus, patients would need to visit the hospital or clinic as frequently every 2 to 4 weeks with additional cost for professional fee. On the other hand, some doctors allow patients to inject themselves with testosterone. Patients would inject the drug on thigh muscles. This should be carefully done following all the doctor’s instructions.

The use of testosterone supplements does not cure the main problem why patients produce low testosterone levels. The supplements just compensate the missing amount of testosterone to achieve normal levels. Hence, getting testosterone injections could last a lifetime on until the doctor says you no longer need it due to certain reasons.

Similar with other testosterone supplements, getting injections could have side effects particularly in major organs of the body such as liver and heart. Blood clots and prostate problems could also happen in patients undergoing testosterone replacement therapy.

Men who have fear of getting injections can discuss with their doctor about other options to undergo testosterone replacement therapy. Other options include buccal tablets, pills, patches, and gels. It is important to use the best method of choice to make sure that the patient gets his testosterone boost.

Testosterone Patch for Men

Testosterone supplements come in a variety of forms. Some take them as pills, others prefer injections, while a number use transdermal approaches such as application of gels, creams, or patches. Testosterone patches may be applied on the scrotum or other parts of the body such as stomach, thigh, arms, or back.

A scrotal testosterone patch such as Testoderm, contains around 6 mg of testosterone. Before applying the patch, the scrotum must be shaved or waxed so it would adhere properly to the skin. It is often prescribed to apply at night before bedtime and should stay in place for 24 hours. After the patch is applied, the patient must not take a bath, shower, swim or wash the patched area for at least three hours. It should also be noted that the patch should not be taken off before taking a bath or doing sexual activity for possibility of irritation. The patch adhesive might be affected by too much sweat causing it to become loose of fall off. When this happens, try to put it back. If it falls again before afternoon, get a new patch and apply on the same area. If it falls in the afternoon, wait for the next schedule of application in the evening. Do not use other adhesives to put back the patch on skin.

It is necessary that the instructions on how to use a testosterone patch must be followed. If you have questions about the application instructions, make sure to consult with your healthcare specialist or pharmacist before starting the medication.

Men who have used testosterone patch have shown to have improved testosterone levels, as well as enhanced mood and sexual function. Skin reactions were observed in 1 to 2 percent of the patients, especially those who used nonscrotal patches.

Testosterone Supplements and Baldness

Male pattern baldness, is a genetic and hormonal-related condition which is also referred to as androgenic alopecia. It is exhibited by about 80 million men and women in the U.S. This condition is caused by shrinking of hair follicles disrupting the natural growth cycle of the hair growth. The next set of hair produced becomes thinner and thinner until no hair is formed in the follicles. Hair loss and baldness have been linked to testosterone supplements, especially with high testosterone levels.

Testosterone becomes dihydrotestosterone with the aid of an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase which is typically found in the hair follicles. Dihydrotestosterone attaches to certain portions of the scalp follicles then shrinks the hair follicles causing hair loss and eventually baldness. This illustrates that it is not the testosterone supplement that causes baldness but the conversion of testosterone into another form that causes dormancy of hair follicles. The sensitivity of the hair follicles is the primary determinant of getting bald. At the same time, a certain gene is involved in the expression of the receptor where dihydrotestosterone attaches itself.

When patients taking testosterone supplements encounter hair loss and baldness, they can continue the supplement but additional medications should be taken to address the hair problems. The patient should consult with a dermatologist and endocrinologist to make sure that the combination of testosterone and hair loss medication will not interfere with each other. Corticosteroid injections are often used to alleviate hair loss and baldness. Laser treatment or surgical hair follicle transplant can also treat baldness.

Other factors may also contribute towards baldness such as age and stress. But genetics is the primary factor that causes baldness. If a man’s father exhibit baldness even without testosterone supplements, it is highly possible that he would also get bad with or without testosterone supplement.