What is Testosterone?
As Wikipedia says, testosterone is a sex hormone, occurred naturally in both male and female organisms. While its share in women’s organism is minor, its content in the male body is much higher. This hormone is produced by testicles in men and by ovaries in women. The main role of testosterone is regulating men’s sexual function: puberty, sex drive, erection and fertility. Also, it is responsible for secondary sexual characteristics forming in men. The level of testosterone from 300 to 1000 ng/dL is considered normal.
Sometimes it happens so that the male organism itself is not able to produce sufficient amount of testosterone. If its level is much lower than the normal mark, then a doctor can prescribe testosterone replacement therapy, in particular, testosterone injections.
How are Injections Made?
Injections are always made by the health specialist. It is very important to know exactly how to inject testosterone, because the incorrect or uncontrolled infusion of the hormone can cause negative effects. Testosterone is injected intramuscularly, usually – in a gluteus muscle. The frequency of injections is determined by a specialist: usually, it is once in two or four weeks. More detailed information of these injections one can find on testosterone injection sites.
What is the Result of Injections?
The goal of making injections of testosterone is improving sexual function. For example, indications for injections can be delayed puberty in teenagers, erectile dysfunction or low libido in adult men, as well as infertility. Many men believe that testosterone injections help to enhance athletic performance – gain muscle mass and become stronger physically. However, latest researches proved that these injections give only temporary effect.
Sometimes, injections are prescribed to women, for example, for the treatment of breast cancer or in the case of serious hormone imbalance. The need for replacement therapy is always stated by a healthcare professional.
Are There Any Contraindications?
Intervention in the natural hormone balance can’t be absolutely safe. One should be very cautious with it and follow strictly specialists’ recommendations. There are certain contraindications to replacement therapy conducting:
- Pregnancy. Testosterone affects the fetus. If a woman is pregnant, she must say her observing doctor about it.
- Chronic or acute diseases of some inner organs (liver and kidneys).
- Serious cardiovascular conditions.
- Cancer in men (especially, cancer of the prostatic gland and breast).
These are absolute contraindications for testosterone infusion. However, there can be some others as well. In any case, if a man has any health problem, he should tell about them to his doctor before the beginning the course of replacement therapy.
Like any other kind of therapy, low testosterone treatment with the help of injections can have some side effects – from allergic reactions to various complications. The most common of them in men are premature hair loss, breast swelling, acne and headache.