Types of Testosterone Therapy
One of the
great things about Testosterone Hormone Replacement Therapy is that
there are a wide variety of treatment options available to the
average patient. The goal of this article is to highlight a number of
the options that are available to you as a patient and consumer.
Gels and Creams
Creams and Gels are probably the most popular current method of
Hormone Replacement Therapy. These topical medications are incredibly
easy to apply, and are absorbed fairly quickly as well, which leads
to their popularity.
forms of Testosterone are applied once on a daily basis. Physicians
generally recommend applying the medication in the morning, but you
may find some variability dependent upon the particular medication
and the advice of your prescribing physician.
Testosterone can be applied to a number of different areas in the
body. The ideal areas generally have a large number of blood vessels
underneath the skin, allowing the medication to absorb evenly and
effectively. Common areas for topical application of Testosterone are
the upper arms, the thighs, the shoulders, and the stomach. These
areas are also ideal because they are areas which are generally
covered or not prone to interpersonal contact.
we have grouped Testosterone Creams and Gels together, there are a
couple of minor differences between the two forms of medication.
Testosterone Creams take longer to absorb into the body than gels,
generally taking fifteen to twenty minutes. Testosterone Gels, on the
other hand, absorb quickly, in around five minutes.
Creams are white in color, and do have the capacity to leave a film
on the skin or stain clothing. Gels absorb cleanly and do not stain.
As you can tell, the differences between the two medications are
pretty much cosmetic, and its up to your personal choice regarding
which you choose for yourself.
with Topical Testosterone is that there is a risk of contamination if
not applied conscientiously. This form of Testosterone remains on the
skin for a period of up to twenty minutes, and making contact with
another person, whether that be a wife or child, can introduce
Testosterone to their system.
Testosterone provides a relatively steady level of Testosterone
throughout the day. Testosterone Levels are at their highest
immediately after application, and drop slowly throughout the course
of the day. This form of Testosterone works very effectively, but has
a slightly higher price point than Testosterone Injections. In
addition to this, patients that live a hectic lifestyle or do not
have a set schedule throughout the week may opt for other options,
because for Topical Testosterone to be optimally effective, it needs
to be applied every day at the same time of day.
Sprays are very similar to Testosterone Creams and Gels, and
prescriptions for various forms of Spray Testosterone are increasing
rapidly every year. Soon, this will likely be the most popular type
of Testosterone Hormone Replacement Therapy.
of Testosterone is applied in the same general areas as Creams and
Gels, including the stomach, thighs, and shoulders. As a treatment,
Testosterone Sprays are relatively new, but they offer the same
gradient of benefit as other forms of Topical Testosterone. This
treatment is also applied once daily, intended to be applied at the
same time each day.
Sprays are often preferred over Testosterone gels and creams because
they are much less messy. These treatments are generally administered
using two methods. Some forms of Testosterone Spray are delivered
directly onto the skin where they are absorbed directly. Other forms
of Testosterone Spray are applied using a small malleable cup.
spray is delivered into the cup, which the patients then use to
massage the medication into the skin. Using Testosterone Sprays,
medication is delivered directly to the administration site, meaning
that you don't have to make a mess out of your hands in order to
apply the Hormone Treatment.
Hormone Replacement Therapy is also available through the use of
dermal patches. This form of Testosterone HRT is often recommended
because it delivers a very natural pattern of Testosterone Release
throughout the day. Testosterone Creams deliver a steadily decreasing
dose of Testosterone, whereas Testosterone Injections have a variety
of different absorption rates, none of which quite perfectly mimics
the body's natural release.
Patches deliver a fairly constant stream of Testosterone to the body
throughout the day, only losing potency near the end of the day, when
the body naturally starts to drop Testosterone Production anyways.
of Testosterone is generally applied to the same areas of the body as
Testosterone Sprays, Creams, and Gels. The patient wakes up in the
morning and applies the adhesive patch, and the medication works
throughout the day until it is taken off before bedtime.
a couple of drawbacks to Testosterone Patches, however. Testosterone
Patches are more expensive than Testosterone Sprays, Injections,
Gels, and Creams. In addition to this, Testosterone Patches do have a
higher incidence of irritation associated with them than other forms
the Testosterone Patch remains on the skin all day, it can lead to
rashes or other forms of irritation at the location where the patch
is applied. Men that have sensitive skin are at the highest risk of
irritation, and may prefer other forms of treatment.
men think about Testosterone Replacement, they think about
Testosterone Injections, even though they are no longer the most
popular form of Testosterone Treatment. Injectable Testosterone
Hormone Replacement Therapy is the oldest form of Testosterone
Treatment, but that doesn't mean that it's not as effective. There
are a lot of men all across the country that prefer Testosterone
Injections over all other forms of Testosterone.
Injections are the cheapest form of Testosterone Treatment, which is
one reason that they remain popular. Another reason that Testosterone
Injections are popular is because, unlike the types of Testosterone
listed previously, Testosterone Injections don't have to be
administered on a daily basis. There are a number of different forms
of Testosterone Injection. Some forms of Testosterone are delivered
every other day, and others can be administered once every week or
two. This freedom from the daily responsibility and hassle of other
forms of Testosterone draws many to the treatment.
Cypionate is delivered every two weeks. Testosterone Enanthate is
delivered once per week. Although these are two of the most popular
forms of Testosterone Injection, there are various formulations that
can feed the needs and desires of the patient.
great thing about Testosterone Injections is that they are the
cheapest form of Testosterone Treatment available in America today,
even though the treatment is still incredibly effective at restoring
with Testosterone Shots is that they do not mimic the normal release
of Testosterone by the human body as accurately as other forms of
Testosterone. In some cases, this can cause the human body to develop
a reduced sensitivity to the hormone.
patients that don't worry about self-administration of Testosterone,
and want their treatment to have a minimal impact on their lives,
Testosterone Dermal Implants are the best option. Testosterone
Implants are tiny pellets implanted into the gluteus maximus, which
then slowly release stored Testosterone over the course of months.
The pellets are composed of tiny crystals of Testosterone.
of Testosterone Pellets can last between 3 and 6 months, letting you
enjoy your life without having to dwell on your condition. You don't
have to remember to frequently administer treatment, you simply have
to make a few doctor's appointments every year.
Implants are more expensive than other forms of treatment, because
they require a small, outpatient surgery. In spite of these two
negatives, there are still a lot of people that love Testosterone
Pellets and choose them as their primary source of Testosterone
Dermal Implants are recommended for patients that have a known and
set need for an invariable level of Testosterone. This means that
Testosterone Implants are not recommended in the initial stages of
Hormone Replacement Therapy, because the prescribing physician may
need to adjust the dosage dependent upon the way that the patient
responds to treatment. After the patient's needs are fully
established, then Implanted Testosterone can be used effectively.
Testosterone Pellets are just as safe as any other form of
Testosterone Hormone Replacement Therapy.
There are a couple of different effective forms of Oral Testosterone.
The goal of this form of treatment is not to ingest Testosterone, but
to allow the Testosterone to be absorbed into the tissue of the
mouth. One form of Oral Testosterone is Sublingual Testosterone. This
form of Testosterone comes in tablet form, and the tablet is placed
underneath the tongue, where it is absorbed into the blood stream.
A second form of Oral Testosterone is Bucchal Testosterone. This form
of Testosterone is delivered by placing a patch on the upper gums,
which contains a small tablet of Testosterone. Over the course of
twelve hours, the tablet is absorbed directly through the gums into
the blood stream. These patches are applied every twelve hours,
providing Testosterone 24 hours per day. You can perform all of your
normal daily actions with the patch applied. It's even okay to brush
your teeth with the patch applied.
Although there are forms of Testosterone which use the mouth as an
effective means to transmit the medication, there is no effective
Testosterone Pill, and Testosterone Hormone Replacement Therapy
cannot be effectively delivered via the digestive system. There are
over the counter supplements which claim to boost Testosterone when
taken in this manner, but they are at best far inferior to medically
prescribed forms of Testosterone, and at worst, they can actually do
damage to your body.
When you take Testosterone orally, it is broken down by the stomach
and does not provide the same benefits as real Testosterone delivered
directly to the bloodstream via various other FDA-Approved methods.
If you use Testosterone Pills too often, the Hormone Fragments
overload the liver, causing damage.
of benefit provided by this form of Testosterone would be no better
than improving habits in your lifestyle such as exercising more
often, eating better, and taking your vitamins, but the risks
involved make Testosterone Pills an exceedingly poor choice.