There seems to be to no middle ground when it comes to Testosterone treatments like Androgel: you either love it or hate it. I think everyone should come to their own decision about this, so I’ve collected reasons both for and against its use. The reasons for taking supplemental testosterone are many: after testicular cancer, to help conceive a child, low testosterone levels. Before you start using Androgel (most popular now is the Androgel 1.62%), make sure you talk to your doctor to discuss whether testosterone injections are worth the trouble and whether the more convenient gel is a better option.
Does Androgel Give You a Boost?
Anecdotally, some people claim so, while others say it’s nothing special and that you’ll get a better boost by simply exercising. But some seniors swear by the stuff for putting pep back in their step, which may help explain why prescriptions for testosterone have gone up almost 90 percent over the past five years (it can be prescribed in either gel, patch, or injectable form). While some people don’t report any benefits, other people report that they sleep better,have more energy, have an improved sex drive and are able to physically exert themselves at a higher capacity (e.g. lift heavier weights at the gym) when taking prescribed testosterone. Incidentally, testosterone can help men or women: testosterone is just as important for women, although their levels of free testosterone in their bloodstream is lower. The most significant factor in determining whether you’ll see these benefits could be whether you have low testosterone or not.
Androgel and Low Testosterone Levels
If you actually have low testosterone, the benefits are more likely to be there for you by taking supplemental testosterone such as Androgel. Testosterone supplementation in men and women with low levels are generally effective. Benefits include an improvement in mood and sexual desire and even helps promote weight loss. In men with either normal or high levels, it really does not do anything positive, and can actually increase your chances of balding as well as other more serious cardiovascular side effects. Low testosterone has a strong correlation with insulin resistance and diabetes, which is not to say that low testosterone causes diabetes, but it’s something you should be aware of and discuss with your doctor if you are low in testosterone.
When getting a testosterone test make sure your doctor doesn’t order a TOTAL testosterone test, as total levels of testosterone won’t give you the data you need to make an informed decision. You want to get a FREE testosterone test, which will show the levels of free testosterone in your blood.
Androgel for Fertility / Pregnancy
Doctors some times recommend testosterone treatment for men with normal testosterone levels to improve sperm motility. Talk to your doctor about going on Androgel for a few years if you and your wife are trying to have kids, especially if your wife has fertility issues.
Side Effects of Too Much Testosterone
Side effects of testosterone use include heart problems and prostate cancer. It can also contribute to premature balding, secondary hair growth and agitation/ sour mood.
Taking Androgel means whole family gets a Testosterone boost.
If your husband is getting Androgel treatment, might it pose a risk to you or even your daughter as far as getting an elevated testosterone level? There is evidence that yes, extreme precautions must be used when Androgel is prescribed or used around women and children. Make sure your family gets blood work done to check their testosterone levels if you’re worried. Any signs of elevated testosterone can be hazardous to women, especially young girls and can have permanent health consequences.