If you've been diagnosed with low-T, your doctor may want you to start testosterone therapy. There are a few ways to take testosterone, so you might wonder what way is best. Your doctor may have a preference based on their observations after treating numerous patients with low-T, but your doctor might also leave the delivery method up to you. Here are some common options for low-T treatments and how they compare.
Testosterone pills aren't used as heavily as they once were, but they are still available. Talk to your doctor about recent studies on oral testosterone so you can compare its effectiveness and risk of side effects.
If you're a person who is faithful about taking vitamins and medications daily, you might find it easy to take testosterone pills. However, you might need to take the pills more than once a day, and that increases the risk of missing a dose.
Gel is applied to your skin one or more times a day. It's a popular way to take testosterone, but it might be difficult to keep up with if it's prescribed to take more than once each day. However, it may be easy for you to fit applying gel into your morning shower routine.
A benefit of gel is that the testosterone is delivered gradually throughout the day. This keeps your hormone levels steady. A disadvantage is you can get the gel on your spouse or kids, so if you have concerns about this, you may prefer another delivery method.
A patch is a convenient way to take testosterone since you can apply the patch at the same time every day and have a steady supply of testosterone. Plus, a patch is easy to put on and you don't have to worry about the testosterone getting on your kids.
Implants are a convenient way to manage low-T since your doctor puts an implant in your muscle and it releases the testosterone slowly over a period of weeks or months. There are fewer problems with compliance since you don't have to remember to take your testosterone daily.
Injections are given in your doctor's office on a set schedule, or you can give them to yourself at home depending on how your doctor prescribes them. An advantage of testosterone injections is you feel an effect quickly. You may get an initial boost of energy, but then the effects slowly wear off as you wait for your next injection.
You may find it inconvenient to go to your doctor so often for an injection, and you may not like the idea of giving yourself injections at home. However, if that doesn't bother you, you may find low-T injections to be the right choice for you.
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