(Testosterone cream/gel is one of the ways of getting testosterone into your body.)
For men who suffer from low testosterone levels or even those who are borderline or have loss of libido, one of the testosterone replacement therapies that can be considered is testosterone cream. Testosterone cream/gel does not enter the stomach and so has fewer side effects than oral testosterone. It also bypasses the liver, so again physical damage is minimized.
Why use testosterone cream or testosterone gel?
While injectable testosterone is powerful and acts fast, it has many side effects and the person taking it has to be monitored very carefully. It also usually entails going to a health care provider to take the injections. Testosterone cream, on the other hand, can be applied by the man using the cream in the privacy of his own home.
There are many medical reasons which do not allow men to take oral or injectable testosterone. However, taking it by this delivery method may be permitted as it has less chances of reacting with other medications.
How is the cream used?
Testosterone cream is easy to apply – it has to be done only once in 24 hours. The cream is usually applied on the upper arms, shoulders, thighs, and abdomen. However, if there is any irritation at the area of local application, it can be applied elsewhere too. It may be a good idea to apply it on different parts of the body so that the risk of skin problems decreases.
It is important that nobody applies the cream on your body as that person will also be exposed to the cream and get an unwanted dose of testosterone. You must also wash your hands well after applying the cream.
Side effects of testosterone cream/gel
Like other testosterone products, testosterone cream has similar side effects, some of which may be unpleasant. When testosterone cream is absorbed via the skin into the blood stream it can cause local irritation, burning or rashes.
Apart from that when testosterone cream is applied in large quantities it may cause
- Mood changes
- Male breasts
- Hair loss
These are minor side effects. Over long periods of usage, the cream can cause more serious side effects like other testosterone products.
Efficacy of testosterone gel/cream
Testosterone cream is not a very effective way to absorb testosterone. That is because only 10 percent of the cream applied is actually absorbed into the skin. However, in cases where testosterone levels are slightly below normal, it may well do the work to increase testosterone levels to an acceptable level. It is also used as an additional source of testosterone along with other delivery methods of testosterone.
For athletes and body builders, testosterone cream may provide a little extra boost, but as it is largely an inefficient way of taking in testosterone, it is not that widely used. There are cases where athletes do use much more than the normal recommended dose and, at times, they may get the positive results they are looking for.
Testosterone cream cannot be used indefinitely. It can be used for only eight weeks at a time; after that there should be a break for some time. Another problem with testosterone cream that it has to be applied to clean and dry skin and the cream should be allowed to dry before dressing. Fortunately it does dry very fast. It also requires that you should not bathe or swim for six hours following application of the cream.
The popular brands of testosterone cream are Testim, Androgel and First Testosterone.
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