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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
  • Infertility

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.

The Most Effective Testosterone Replacement Options On The Market

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.

Click here to read more about testosterone injections and what you can expect from them.



(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C

(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C started his career in healthcare as a fireman/paramedic in West Texas where he served on the Midland Fire Department from 1998-2004.   He became interested in testosterone treatment after seeing how hormone replacement doctors helped those suffering from low testosterone.   After graduating from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program, he moved to DFW where he currently lives with his wife and three children.


  1. Anand on 01/21/2016 at 1:51 am

    Dear AG.
    I am in India and i get regular updates from you. How do i access your advice in this country? Do you have any representative here??

    Best Regards

    • Augie Galindo on 01/21/2016 at 6:13 pm


      Unfortunately, I do not. I hope you find someone to help with your issues!

      Best regards,
      Augie Galindo, MPAS, PA-C
      Testosterone Centers of Texas | Founding Partner

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