Testosterone is the most important male sex hormone. It is responsible in-part for maintaining the overall health of a man. Now that you have taken the first steps towards treating your low testosterone levels, you should know the possible side effects of different Low-T treatments.
Transdermal testosterone replacement therapy consists of a patch that is worn on your body. These patches may cause irritation or blisters at the site of application. You may also begin to feel headaches, or slight depression. Also, you run the risk of having tender breasts, acne, or skin color changes. These are all non life-threatening and should be temporary and rare. Life-threatening and rare conditions that require immediate medical attention include; shortness of breath, rash, chest pain, long lasting erections, swelling of the lower extremities, nausea, or vomiting.
The buccal (mouth) patch has many similar side effects to the transdermal patch. The mouth patch can also cause a bitter taste in the mouth, swelling of the gums, or stinging of the lips. The rare and life-threatening side effects that need immediate medical attention are very similar to the transdermal patch with the addition of; swelling of hands, difficulty urinating, dark urine, or unexplained weight gain.
Testosterone gels that are applied topically are one of the more common forms of Low T Treatments. The uncommon side effects that are non life-threatening include; depression, mood changes, headaches, acne, decreased sexual desire, itchy skin, or diarrhea. Life threatening side effects include, but are not limited to; lower extremity pain and swelling, shortness of breath, long lasting erections, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, change in skin color.
Testosterone injections have the same side effects as that of testosterone gels. The uncommon and non life-threatening side effects that are unique to the injections are; hoarseness or deepening of voice, pain at injection site, or tiredness. Remember, all side effects should be discussed with your physician. It should be a personal decision as to whether or not Low-T treatments are right for you.