Testosterone, the hormone that is responsible for sexual appetite in men, has more to it than simply keeping the cupid in you alive! It contributes to your bone density, muscle mass, muscular strength, and RBC generation. Low testosterone production is associated with defective functioning of the testes and/or the pituitary glands, and is a characteristic feature of Hypogonadism.
As adequate levels of testosterone are not only meant for sexual health, but also meant for the normal functioning of certain other vital functions of the body, a low-testosterone condition in any man, requires treatment. All treatments are aimed at replacing the hormone in the bodies of the persons in which it is deficient, by external and internal methods.
Low Testosterone Treatment Options
Testosterone Solutions And Gels
Gels and solutions containing testosterone are easily administered on the skin of the patient. The testosterone that is present in the gels and solutions is absorbed by the skin, and thereby into the body of the patient. However, care should be taken to not expose other people to this testosterone, as absorption of testosterone by people who have adequate amounts of it in their bodies can be harmful to them.
Testosterone gels and solutions are available in drug stores, but are available to administer them only as per the supervision of your general physician. Testosterone gels are found to be as efficient as testosterone patches, and more efficient than injectable esters in terms of sexual moods, as the injectibles cause highs and lows unsteadily, while the gels and patches maintain steady levels of testosterone in the body.
Testosterone patches are transdermal patches that have to be used on clean skin. The testosterone present on these patches is absorbed by the skin into the blood stream. These patches have to be applied on clean skin. It has to be first applied on the back, thighs, or abdomen to check for allergic reactions, in which case it has to be discontinued.
One should follow the instructions for using it carefully on the parts on which it is allowed and then use it. Though patches are externally administered a number of side effects such as itching, acne, hair loss and anxiety can be caused.
Testosterone injections introduce testosterone into your muscles. The hormone is gradually absorbed into the blood stream from the muscles. Testosterone injections increase and decrease testosterone levels in the blood in an unstable way. Hence, testosterone patches and gels are preferred to them.
Oral testosterone pills are used for boosting testosterone levels in the body. They are applied to the gums of the patient. Testosterone is absorbed into the blood stream through the gums. Oral pills are not encouraged by medical practitioners, as they may have an adverse effect on the liver.
Testosterone pellets are implanted under the skin in the hip region. The hormone is absorbed into the blood from those pellets.
A small incision is made in the hip region for inserting the pellet, which is as large as a grain of rice, after applying local anesthesia in the region. The incision is closed with a tape.