What does Testosterone gel do?
14th October 2019
Millions of men have smeared testosterone gel on their bodies, hoping it will energize them or make them feel young again. They hope it increases their libido. But does it work? There was a study of 65-year-old men, half took testosterone gel, the other half a placebo.
We assigned 790 men 65 years of age or older with a serum testosterone concentration of less than 275 ng per deciliter and symptoms suggesting hypoandrogenism to receive either testosterone gel or placebo gel for 1 year.
Testosterone treatment increased serum testosterone levels to the mid-normal range for men 19 to 40 years of age.
How did it affect sex drive?
The increase in testosterone levels was associated with significantly increased sexual activity, as assessed by the Psychosexual Daily Questionnaire (P<0.001), as well as significantly increased sexual desire and erectile function.
Did they feel like they had increased vitality?
Testosterone had no significant benefit with respect to vitality
What about mood?
men who received testosterone reported slightly better mood and lower severity of depressive symptoms than those who received placebo
The above study did not comment on hair growth. While testogel should increase hair growth in some areas (such as the beard), it is not as likely to have an effect on those who experience hair loss. For men who are having a problem with losing their hair, the approved medication is Finasteride (generic), or Propecia (branded). If you really are interested in getting a fuller beard, there was a double blind study of the effects of testogel on beard growth. The result was "The 2.5% testosterone gel was effective and well-tolerated in inducing the transformation of the terminal hairs of the beard area".
What is Testogel?
Testosterone gel is used to treat low testosterone levels (called hypogonadism) in men. Testogel is a medicated gel that contains testosterone. It is used for hormone replacement for men who are not able to produce enough testosterone on their own. Testosterone helps the body develop male characteristics such as body hair and a deep voice.
How to use Testogel
- Open the sachet(s).
- Spread a thin layer of Testogel onto clean, dry, healthy skin over the upper arms, shoulders or stomach.
- Allow the gel to dry for at least 3-5 minutes before dressing.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after applying the gel.
- Cover the application area with clothing once the gel has dried.
- Do not shower for at least six (6) hours after applying Testogel.
How much Testogel should I use?
The usual starting dose is one 5g sachet of testosterone gel per day. Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you exactly how much you should use. Do not use more than 10g of testogel per day.
How long should I use Testogel?
Testosterone gel eases the symptoms of low testosterone, however, it does not cure the underlying problem. Therefore, you must continue using testogel every day in order to continue receiving the benefits it has to offer. If you forget to apply a dose, apply it once you remember. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. It is best to apply the sachet in the morning.
Where to buy Testosterone gel
You can buy testosterone gel here at UK Meds. We are a UK government registered pharmacy and can provide overnight shipping of your testogel sachets most nights of the week.
Difference between Testosterone gel and injections
Testogel is considered safer than injections. It results in fewer cardiovascular adverse effects. Following are the results of one study:
The one-year risk of heart attack or stroke, hospitalization or death was 1.16%-1.34% among testosterone injection users, compared to rates between 1.02%-1.1% among patch users.
If you are concerned with the side effects of testosterone treatment, gel is considered a safer treatment than testosterone injections.
What are the health benefits of increased testosterone?
Testosterone plays a key role in your:
- muscle mass and bones
- facial and pubic hair
- body’s development of a deeper voice
- sex drive
- mood and quality of life
- verbal memory and thinking ability
Testosterone plays a huge factor in producing strong bones. Bone density decreases as men age and testosterone levels drop. This brings the risk of osteoporosis and weak bones. Research has shown that bone density increases with proper testosterone treatment. Testosterone levels will naturally increase in response to sexual arousal. Men with higher levels of testosterone usually have greater sexual activity.
Older men need more testosterone for libido and erectile function. Most erectile dysfunction is often due to other conditions or medications rather than low testosterone levels. If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, consider using Viagra or Cialis. These medications are indicated for erectile dysfunction and should help you achieve and maintain an erection if you are currently having problems doing do.
Can women use Testogel?
In most cases, women should not want to use testosterone gel. The thought of having extra body hair or a deeper voice is not appealing to most women. However, your doctor may prescribe testosterone gel if you are a woman and have lost your sex drive during menopause.
Many people consider testosterone to be a male-only hormone. The truth is that women also produce this sex hormone. In fact, women produce three times more testosterone than estrogen before menopause. When a woman's level of testosterone decreases, she may find that she desires sex less often, or when she does desire sex it is not as pleasurable as it used to be. Testogel treatment may help alleviate this problem. Lack of testosterone in women has been tied to low libido, lack of energy, increased tiredness and difficulty concentrating or headaches.
If you have experienced these symptoms, speak to your doctor about testosterone gel treatment. Note that the treatment of sex drive is an unlicensed use of testosterone gel. This means that the manufacturer has not specified that it should be used in this way, and we are unable to prescribe it this way here at UK Meds. This link is an excellent resource for information about testosterone gel in the treatment of menopause.