Testosterone treatment had been increasingly recommended in the last two decades, with a 500% increase in sales from 1993 to 2001. The main reason why testosterone is prescribed is for low testosterone levels, although it may also be indicated in women suffering from hot flashes, or in AIDS patients to boost their mood and energy levels.
It is well known that the levels of testosterone decrease with age starting in the 30’s. As a result, men with low testosterone levels will experience a decrease of libido, mood swings, decreased muscle mass and increased body fat, as well as bone loss leading to osteoporosis.
Testosterone therapy is now available widely in different forms such as patches, gels, sticks, creams and the commonly used injections. All of them require a prescription from a medical doctor.
There are certain advantages of using the injection form of testosterone. The injectable form is perhaps the most researched form of delivery of this hormone. Brand names of testosterone injections include Andro LA 200, Delatestryl, Depandro 100, Depo-Testosterone, Testosterone Cypionate and Testosterone Enanthate.
First of all, research studies support the benefits of using testosterone injections, with comparable efficacy as Viagra, Cialis or Levitra for treating erectile dysfunctions. Sexual desire is enhanced as well.
Secondly, testosterone injections were also found to promote weight loss and decrease cholesterol levels in overweight patients, particularly when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. Usually the fat around the waistline decreases first. All of these changes are beneficial for the heart as well as the person’s overall health.
Thirdly, a significant amount of studies show that testosterone injections help stop the bone loss that occurs when testosterone drops. Thus, osteoporosis can be successfully prevented with testosterone injections. Additionally, lean muscle mass increases while under testosterone therapy. Lean muscle provides a pleasing body contour, making the body look overall much better and more healthy.
Finally, users of testosterone injections claim better memory, increased energy, improved sleep, a slowing of the aging process and an overall improved sense of well being.
The injections are easy to administer in a doctor’s office intramuscularly or can be self-administered. The dosage in the testosterone injections may be different from one patient to another, based on their needs. Usually the therapy is recommended over a 10 weeks period, followed by a break of a period of two weeks, when no injection should be taken.
In addition to the possible side effects of testosterone therapy such as swelling, painful erections and minor digestive complaints, there are also side effects related to the injectable form. Following the injection, some irritation and pain can occur at the site of the injection. The long term effects of testosterone therapy are also not exactly known. Testosterone replacement should not be used in cases of prostate cancer, enlarged prostate, or if there is allergy to this drug and should be used cautiously if there is a history of kidney or liver disease, cancer, or bleeding problems. The risk of overdosage is minimal, since the injection will contain one recommended dose. However, in case of overdosage you should seek medical advice. Blood tests confirming low testosterone levels should be done before starting the therapy.