Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 15, 2016
There are many testosterone products available for use on the skin. Andro-Gel, Testim, and Axiron are examples of topical gels used to deliver the male sex hormone through the skin — a more convenient option. This topical medication is absorbed through the skin, enters your bloodstream and is meant to help your body reach normal testosterone levels. Although topicals have the allure of being more convenient, it's also important to take into account the risk for possible transference & overall effectiveness of reaching ideal testosterone levels.
Testosterone helps the body to produce sperm and to develop and maintain the male sexual characteristics (masculinity). It also helps to maintain muscle and prevent bone loss, and is necessary for natural sexual ability/desire.
These topicals, which require a prescription, treat hypogonadism, or low testosterone production. While doctors agree that testosterone therapy is beneficial in hypogonadal men, they are concerned about rejuvenation clinics and internet sites that push testosterone supplements dubiously claimed to boost it as a cure-all for aging symptoms.
Best to avoid purchasing any supplementation or other testosterone products online.
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