Testosterone (or sometimes alsocalled just T) is a male sexual hormone and anabolic steroid. This steroidhormone is mainly synthesized in the testicles of men, but also in ovaries (inwomen). Another source of testosterone, although in small amounts are adrenalglands. Male body produces about 10 times more testosterone than the female, butwomen are more sensitive, even to small quantities of testosterone in theirbodies. As the male sexual hormone, testosterone is responsible for the secondarysexual male characteristics: facial and chest hair growth, strong muscles, strongsexual drive and deep voice.
If a man suffers from a low levelof testosterone, he might be experiencing depression, lack of energy, musclereduction and weight loss and also decreased libido, which is conditiontreatable by hormone injections.
T replacement injections must be approvedby your doctor, since they are not suitable for every patient. It should beused only if all other treatment options have failed. They are usually made oftestosterone esters, suspended in some oil. In most cases these injections aregiven to the buttocks, from where testosterone goes to the bloodstream. Parenteral(injections) use of testosterone avoids the liver metabolism and assures theappropriate quantities of testosterone for the patient.
T injections usually shut downthe production of natural body testosterone, lead to testicular atrophy andcause many other side effects.
Testosterone Adverse Effects
As said, testosterone injections havesome unwanted effects. People given T may experience loss of appetite, nausea,increased thirst or weight, headaches, confusion and memory problems. Somepatients may suffer from muscle weakness, painful sensations in the bones,yellowing of the skin and/or eyes (jaundice). Reported side effects alsoincluded some increased libido and erections.
Men using T injections could alsosuffer from acne, tingling, numbness, gynecomastia (breast enlargement) or breastswelling. Reactions on the injections spot are also the possibility, and somepatients have complained about discomfort, pain and swelling on the site.
Women may also be prescribed sometestosterone injections, especially if they were suffering from metastasizedbreast cancer. These women may experience: hair loss and balding, menstrualchanges, increased clitoris, libido problems (both increase and decrease) andalso some unexpected hair growth on the chest or on the chin. These signs andsymptoms should be immediately reported to the doctor, since they could beirreversible.
Testosterone is known to interactwith some other medications. Inform your doctor about all drugs, OTCpreparations and remedies you have been taking, in order to avoid druginteractions. Some of the medications that might react with T are: bloodthinners, anti-diabetic medications, Prednisone and even some vitaminsupplements.
Men with breast or prostatecancers should not be using T injections.
Testosterone belongs to the Xgroup of medications (according to the FDA). It means that it has been provento cause birth defects to unborn children and that testosterone should not beuses by pregnant or women who want to become pregnant.