Testosterone Creams for Testosterone Therapy
Testosterone creams are convenient and used by both men and women.
TESTOSTERONE CREAMS FOR TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT
Testosterone Creams are formulated with plant-derived bio-identical testosterone. Creams come in different concentrations, which depends on the amount required to optimize a patient’s testosterone level.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is a popular delivery method for first-time testosterone replacement therapy seekers.
Testosterone Creams can be made in various strengths and may be used for Men or Women.
Testosterone Creams are applied to the skin once per day.
Bio-identical testosterone creams are used to treat low testosterone levels in both men and women. In most cases, they are prepared for a patient on an individual basis and are ordered through a specialized compounding pharmacy. The pharmacy prepares the cream or gel to the specific requirements ordered by the prescribing physician.
As with all bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, it is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Everything is carefully formulated to the individual needs of the patient.
In addition to the generic testosterone creams and gels prepared by compounding pharmacies, there are two name brands of testosterone creams/gels in the U.S.
Synthetic | Bio-Identical | Non-bioidentical Hormones
These products, as well as all other synthetic versions of bio-identical testosterone in cream or gel form, are bio-identical to your own testosterone. They are called synthetic since they are made in the lab. Synthetic does not mean they are not bio-identical to your own hormones.
In the 1970s, it became popular to develop orally administered non-bioidentical testosterone in pill form. Later it was found that these orally ‘non-bioidentical’ forms of testosterone led to liver toxicity in some patients. For that reason, most clinics avoid prescribing non-bioidentical forms of testosterone.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Benefits
For those individuals who are suffering from Low-T, whether male or female, the quality of life may be severely diminished. Once Low-T is diagnosed, the doctor may recommend a testosterone cream or gel to naturally elevate blood-testosterone levels to more youthful levels. In most cases, the dosage is adjusted until patients’ blood testosterone levels are within the optimal range.
Common benefits include:
- More energy
- Improved libido
- Increase in lean muscle mass
- Reduction of fat
- Increase in exercise capacity and improved recovery
- Improvement in insulin resistance
- Improved cognition
Precautions with Testosterone Creams and Gels
Testosterone creams and gels are extremely convenient. The main advantage of creams is the ease of use. They don’t require patients to inject testosterone or receive a subdermal pellet implant.
Some precautions should be taken around children when applying creams. Children before puberty can become exposed to the creams through skin-to-skin contact. If creams and gels are being applied to areas of the body which may come in contact with children, then it is important you discuss with your doctor ways to reduce any chance of cross-exposure. This can usually be done by changing the location where testosterone creams and gels are applied.