Last Updated on May 19, 2020

Testosterone Gels for Men

Testosterone Gels for men benefits and side effectsTestosterone has a huge role to play in men’s health. It helps to maintain muscle mass, sex drive, and bone density. Natural production of testosterone is at its highest in a man’s early years of adulthood and progressively drops lower and lower as one ages.

When the body doesn’t produce the right amount of testosterone, this may lead to a condition referred to as hypogonadism. Men diagnosed with hypogonadism who have clinical symptoms of the deficiency can benefit from testosterone replacement therapies. These therapies can also be used by men who do not have low testosterone as a means of helping the body produce muscle mass faster.

Numerous clinical studies show that low testosterone can have many adverse effects including weight gain, muscle loss, fatigue, low libido, mental decline and irritability. Generally, once men turn 30, their testosterone levels begin to decline with each passing year.

Testosterone supplements and products have grown into big business, especially over the past few years. Big pharma has invested millions of dollars in marketing products such as testosterone gels for men by marketing them as a way of regaining sex drive, strength, muscle, youthful levels of energy, and muscle mass while whitewashing potential side effects.

Countering the decline by taking testosterone directly can be problematic and cause a lot of side effects. You could be risking poor health, liver toxicity, heart attack, stroke and other ailments. This is why it is generally best to stick to natural testosterone boosters instead of using risky means of increasing testosterone such as testosterone gels or injections.

What are Testosterone Gels?

Testosterone gels are a form of treatment for low testosterone levels that is administered through the skin. The gel is applied to the skin, which directly absorbs testosterone into the body. However, the testosterone being absorbed is synthetic, which can cause problems. More on that later…

How Do They Work?

Testosterone gels are applied to clean dry skin on the abdomen, shoulders or the upper arms. Big pharma recommends application once a day, at about the same time of the day, preferably after a morning shower.

It’s also recommended that one shouldn’t wash the area for at least six hours after application; otherwise the amount of testosterone absorbed by the body can be reduced.

Testosterone gels mostly come in sachets, with a starting dose of about 5g daily. It’s important to make sure you wash your hands before you touch anything so that you don’t rub testosterone gel off onto other things or people.

Users are advised to cover all areas of skin where the gel was applied with clothing to prevent the transfer of testosterone to women and children as it can cause side effects such as premature puberty and hair growth.

Where Do You Get Them?

Most gels are prescribed by a physician, but it’s also easy to purchase them online. There are plenty of brands in the market, so it’s crucial for consumers to take caution as there are varying levels of quality.

What Are The Side Effects?

Gels have been shown to have several side effects, which vary from one person to another. Common complaints include headaches, acne, worsening of preexisting hypertension, rashes or itching on the skin where the gel is applied and changes to some blood test results.

Other less prevalent side effects include diarrhea, dizziness, enlargement of the breast tissue (gynecomastia) and mood changes. Side effects that have been linked to testosterone treatments in general include nausea, anxiety, skin reactions such as hair loss (baldness) or hair growth (chest, back, and face), muscle cramps, weight gain, cholesterol level changes, lower libido, electrolyte changes, and increased risk of prostate cancer.

Some users have also experienced ankle swelling, unexplained vomiting, changes in skin color, persistent or too frequent erections, and breathing disturbances including those associated with sleep.

Are they Really Effective?

Research studies have found at best modest benefits, mostly in increasing levels of libido, when using testosterone gels. However, until now, there has never been a rigorous conclusive study on the benefits of testosterone gels for healthy men with low levels of testosterone.

The best solution to increasing the levels of testosterone is to exercise, take sufficient nutrients and make other lifestyle changes that can stimulate the natural production of testosterone.

For instance, natural testosterone boosters include completely safe and naturally occurring nutrients such as minerals, amino acids, herbs and vitamins that trigger the body to produce its own testosterone.

Natural testosterone boosters give you optimal dosages of essential nutrients that work synergistically with each other to boost testosterone levels. They are also very affordable and very effective at facilitating the production of testosterone you need to function at peak efficiency.

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Joe Costello
Nutrition & Wellness Consultant
Joe Costello is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, certified by the American Fitness Professionals & Associates (AFPA), author, and internet blogger. Joe has more than 9 years of experience in the sports nutrition industry and over 3 years of experience as a supplement and nutrition blogger. As a certified NWC who specializes in dietary supplements, Joe strives to deliver accurate, comprehensive, and research-backed information to his readers. You can find more of Joe’s work including his E-Books about fitness and nutrition at his official website joecostellonwc.com, or connect with him on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, or YouTube. Joe Costello is one of the founders of TheSupplementReviews.org and years after the creation of the site, partnered with TEK Naturals, a nutritional supplement company.