Taking Testosterone — Why You Should Always Have a Professional Administer Your Testosterone
Let’s get this out of the way — taking testosterone by yourself, testosterone you’ve acquired on your own, is dangerous.
The number of negative health effects associated with taking excess testosterone, testosterone your body doesn’t need, is astronomical. People who abuse anabolic substances take somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 times the dose that is needed for monitored replacement.
Taking testosterone in massive doses is only going to harm your body in the long run — and most likely counteract your short-term muscle building goals — so don’t do it.
Now that we’ve got that bit of unpleasantness taken care of, let’s talk about taking prescribed testosterone at home.
Sometimes, Medical Providers Will Prescribe Testosterone for Home Use
You see this most often with testosterone cream, but it’s not uncommon for other forms of testosterone.
However, we try to steer clear of this as much as possible.
Let me tell you why.
You see, testosterone is a subtle substance. A little bit can go a long way.
This is why we often recommend against testosterone cream (amongst other reasons). Testosterone cream is very hard to dose with — getting an accurate amount is almost impossible.
We focus instead on testosterone injections. While some of our patients are interested in taking testosterone at home, we recommend against it. The reason for this is similar to the reason we recommend against testosterone cream — your dose needs to be precise (if you’re a woman, your dose needs to be very precise because the amounts involved are so small).
If you’re taking testosterone at home, you might not be able to accurately gauge the correct dose on your own.
It’s much better to go into a clinic and have a professional do it.
Taking Testosterone in a Controlled Environment (a Clinic) Is Optimal
When you go into a clinic, your medical care provider is able to give you the exact dose you need.
They’re trained in this specific procedure, which means they’re much less likely to make the same mistakes that you might make on your own.
For women, this is especially important — your testosterone levels are about 1/10th the levels of a man. Even a little bit too much can have a powerful effect. Coming into a clinic for regular injections saves you from a potentially damaging overdose.
Though accidentally taking too much testosterone likely isn’t a medical emergency, it can make you feel a little crazy for a while and lead to undue side effects.
This can be mitigated by allowing your medical care provider to give you testosterone injections in a clinic. Injections are the most precise method to date of administering testosterone replacement therapy.
We recommend 1 injection a week — that’s about how long it takes for testosterone levels to rise to a peak in your body and then drop back down (without falling too low).
Make Your Appointment Today
If you’re ready to stop feeling the way you’re feeling (and feel like yourself again), make an appointment today.
During your free consultation, we’ll help you determine if you’re a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy (and discuss how to move forward).