How to raise testosterone levels in men is an important question to ask when diagnosed with low testosterone or hypogonadism. Normal testosterone levels are between 300 to 1200. Men who fall below those levels, generally suffer from reduced sex drive, erectile dysfunction and may also notice a decrease in muscle mass. Discussing these symptoms with a doctor is uncomfortable for most men, but a necessity in order to initiate the treatment needed to raise testosterone levels. After a thorough physical exam to rule out underlying causes and baseline blood tests have been completed, your doctor will discuss the available treatment options for you. The standard course of treatment is testosterone replacement therapy which is available in three forms: injections, patches and gels. Understanding these forms of therapy is the most important part of understanding how to raise testosterone levels.
To raise testosterone levels in men, you will need to discuss the following with your doctor:
- Testosterone injections
- Testosterone gels
- Testosterone patches
- Testosterone injections. Injections are given every two weeks, making it ideal for the man who isn't adverse to the idea of needles and doesn't want to bother with applying gels or patches on a daily basis. They are the quickest way to raise testosterone, however the efficacy diminishes over time. Testosterone levels are highest 2 to 3 days after the injection and slowly decreases as it comes time for further treatment.
- Testosterone gels. With continuous use, gels offer an effective and stable dose of testosterone that is applied directly to the surface of the skin usually without irritation. It is applied daily to areas of the body that will be covered by clothing such as the shoulders and arms.
- Testosterone patches. Testosterone patches are another form of testosterone replacement therapy. Patches raise testosterone levels when placed directly on the skin. Like gels they are applied daily on alternating application sites. Patches are not the optimal choice for men with sensitive skin as skin irritation is a common side effect.
- Testosterone replacement therapy is generally not recommended for men who currently have, have had or are otherwise at risk for cancer.
- After applying testosterone gel, wash hands with soap and water prior to coming in contact with women and children.
- You should fully discuss the risk to benefit ratio of taking testosterone replacement therapy with your doctor.
- Always keep follow up appointments and scheduled blood tests when undergoing therapy.
- Because of the potential health risks involved, never use testosterone patches, gels or injections that have not been prescribed specifically to you by your doctor.