The Problem With Prescribing A Testosterone Patch To Women
There’s no such thing as a commercially available testosterone patch for women.
Unfortunately, many women get prescribed these patches anyway.
At the moment, testosterone patches manufactured by the large pharmaceutical companies are exclusively for men. As such, the levels of testosterone in these patches are significantly higher than the levels most women need.
Men need about 10 times the amount of testosterone that women need. This means any testosterone product manufactured with an unchangeable dose of testosterone—like testosterone patches—could be detrimental to you.
Too much testosterone can lead to a wide variety of side effects, including the following:
- Excessive acne
- Male-patterned hair growth
- Deepening of the voice
Because the amount of testosterone normally present in your body is so miniscule compared to a man, we want to make absolutely certain you don’t get too much—which means certain methods, like most patches and gels, are out.
That’s one of the reasons why testosterone injections are so superior—I can change the dose to whatever your body requires.
I Wouldn’t Prescribe A Testosterone Patch For Women Because The Dosage Can’t Be Altered
Testosterone patches aren’t the only form of testosterone that I try to steer women away from — commercially available testosterone gels and creams have the same issues (and some additional ones).
I just can’t reduce the dose of a gel or a patch to a level that’s comfortable for you.
But gels and creams have other issues. Because gels and creams are inherently difficult to titrate, it’s very easy to accidentally get far more than you need. Gels and creams also aren’t absorbed by a large percentage of people. With patches, you can’t simply use “less patch” — the dose is set.
Testosterone pellets are also problematic. Although these are created by compounding pharmacies and can possibly be manufactured to suit a women, they generally don’t work as advertised.
Testosterone pellets are supposed to absorb over time, but they simply do not have a time-release mechanism. You end up with very high levels of testosterone (and greatly increased risk) for a short period of time, followed by a crash in testosterone levels much sooner than expected.
To learn more about how these different options tend to fail, watch this video on testosterone options.
While I Avoid A Testosterone Patch For Women, I Recommend Testosterone Injections
The greatest benefit to testosterone injections, for you, is that I can reduce the dose to one that is optimal for women.
But injections have several other benefits.
Unlike a cream, which has to be administered on a daily basis, you only need one injection a week.
Once we discover your perfect maintenance dose, the weekly injection can be done quickly and easily. We also have flexible hours and multiple clinics throughout the DFW area, allowing you to get your doses at a time and place that fits into your schedule.
Another benefit of injections is they’re simply more effective—gels have an annoying tendency to not be absorbed, pellets run out long before they should, and patches have doses too high for women.
Finally, injections are proven to work, based on scientific studies, patient results, and my own clinical experience.
There are very few cases where I’ll recommend a method other than testosterone injections—and no cases where I recommend pellets or a testosterone patch for women.
Learn More About Testosterone Injections For Women
If you think you might be suffering from low testosterone, there are a few things you should know about how testosterone injections work.