What Is Testosterone Cream?

Testosterone cream may help increase a man's sex drive.
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  • Last Modified Date: 07 July 2014
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Testosterone is an important hormone in both male and female bodies. Having too little testosterone can lead to a decreased sex drive, diabetes, and may contribute to obesity. One way to treat low testosterone levels is topical testosterone cream, which can raise the level of testosterone in a person, and reduce any symptoms associated with having low testosterone.

Testosterone cream is usually applied once every 24 hours and is often rubbed into the shoulders, upper arms, or stomach area. Testosterone cream works by direct absorption through the skin. Once the cream enters the blood stream, the individual's testosterone levels are boosted for several hours. The cream enters the bloodstream rapidly, and is effective almost immediately.

Millions of men and women experience low levels of testosterone. Some of the main causes of low testosterone are diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Doctors are also aware that testosterone levels naturally start to decrease in men after the age of 50.

There are several symptoms that men with low testosterone suffer from, including depression and hair loss, but the most disturbing symptom for most men are those that interfere with a man's sexual health. A lack of testosterone most often affects the sexual organs in a negative way, which may lead to impotence or a decrease in sex drive. Some of the more serious problems that low testosterone levels can cause include an increased risk of cancer, higher storage of body fat, and chronic fatigue.

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Unfortunately, no medication is without side effects, and testosterone cream has a few downsides. Individuals may experience headaches, hypertension, stomach problems, and irritation around the area where the testosterone cream is applied. These side effects may make testosterone cream a poor choice for some men.

Some individuals prefer a more natural method to increasing their testosterone. A change in diet is the most natural way to achieve higher levels. There are particular foods that can help the body boost testosterone levels, such as oysters, eggs, broccoli, garlic, and beef.

Women should not use testosterone creams formulated for men, since this can lead to a number of undesirable side effects, including acne, extreme mood changes, a deepening of the voice, excessive body hair, and an enlargement of the clitoris. In some parts of the world there are testosterone creams formulated specifically for women, which typically have a lower dosage of testosterone than men's creams. There are no approved testosterone creams for women in the US, but doctors can instruct a pharmacist to make testosterone medications for a patient. Both men and women should consult their doctor before applying a testosterone cream to make sure that the medication will best suit their medical needs.

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anon161621
Post 7

I am a white male, 53 years old, 6 feet 1, 285 pounds. My t-level is 186 total. I have been using Androgel for six months now. My first dosage level was at 5 grams per day. After six weeks, my doctor rechecked my levels and they dropped to 103. So, my doctor upped the dosage to 10 grams, and after some TRT education online, I've found this is no drug to fool with.

I started a diet and exercise program (low carb is what's recommended). Also, on days I exercised, I took pseudoephedrine, aspirin and caffeine (coffee). The combination creates a thermogenic fat burner to help burn calories an suppress the appetite. I lost 30 pounds in six weeks.

My penis appeared larger and longer and my testicles also got larger and at 53 years old, I felt like a 25 year old. But there are some tricks to using the gel. There are some good books on the subject, but only a few doctors know how to treat this disorder correctly.

I don't plan on taking this the rest of my life daily because it causes atrophy to your testicles.

anon128608
Post 6

I want to try testosterone cream to help boost my levels to gain more muscle mass. will this really assist me much and give me good results?

anon121772
Post 5

I am using two different steroid compounds. I also have a supply of meds that are helpful, considering they have steroids in them.

anon121770
Post 4

I would recommend using a compound pharmacy, there they can check your T levels. I have gone to two different compound pharmacies and they appear to work.

pharmchick78
Post 3

Although testosterone cream can be a great help, it's important to remember that testosterone cream can also cause a number of side effects.

Just like menopause cream for women, testosterone cream works with your hormones, which can lead to increased hair growth, and a deepening of the voice for men. While most men don't mind those side effects, some other, more serious ones may occur.

Testosterone cream has also been linked to tenderness of the chest, weight gain, acne, depression and anxiety. Some people also develop serious mood disorders.

Additionally, some people actually discover that testosterone cream lowers their sex drive even further, and can cause problems with urination, and other prostate issues.

All of those side effects are just for men -- the main ones for women are covered in the article, but tenderness of the breasts and menstrual irregularities can also occur.

Finally, both men and women can experience severe liver problems, including jaundice, nausea, severe fatigue, and abdominal pain.

All of this to say, testosterone cream is fine for most people to use, but you must use it carefully, and with a doctor's supervision.

CopperPipe
Post 2

@littleman -- I had a buddy who used Testim, but I really couldn't tell you which one is better if you're asking Androgel vs Testim. I would recommend talking to your doctor and asking him which one to use.

LittleMan
Post 1

Can anybody recommend a good, yet cheap testosterone cream? I had heard that Androgel gel was pretty good, but I had also heard good things about Androderm gel. Has anybody used these; can you tell me if they work?

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