Testosterone Injections vs. Androgel & Creams


How Do External Treatments Compare to Injection Therapy?

If you feel like you may be suffering from a decreased level in testosterone you are probably curious as to which form of Low T Therapy is the most effective method of elevating your testosterone count. It seems like every time you turn on your television, listen to your radio, and (depending on where you live) drive down the highway you are being bombarded with Low-T ads that present a new form of Low T treatment that brings with it lofty promises of convenience and effectiveness. With all of these (seemingly viable) options, how can you know which treatment plan is right for you?

We're here to help. With the next few blog posts we are going to take a look at some of the alternative Low T treatment options to see how they compare against what we believe to be the most proven and effective form of treatment - quick and painless testosterone injections.

Perhaps the most popular form of alternative treatment is topical cream applications. It's not hard to believe that many men would gravitate to this option because of its promise of convenience. Once a prescription is given and the product is obtained, men can "treat themselves" with a daily application by rubbing the product into their chest and shoulders. Sounds easy enough, right? Let's take a deeper look.

One of the deficiencies pointed out by critics of these topical creams and gels is that they have never been proven to be extremely effective, particularly as compared to injections. Even the most favorable reports indicate that external administration of testosterone gels only results in a slight increase in testosterone blood.  The "slight increase" is relative, of course, and is in comparison to intramuscular injections that result in more stable and more increased levels of testosterone.  Patients who have seen a slight elevation with Androgel and other topical applications have also had a difficult time maintaining stable levels. This instability is a result of varying absorption rates and inconsistent applications.

This takes us back to the convenience factor. In order for the topical creams and gels to approach even low levels of effectiveness they must be applied very carefully and very consistently. If you choose to pursue this option, please be sure to consult your healthcare provider and carefully follow his prescribed process of application. Also, please be sure to dispose of any excess cream/gel properly and avoid exposing others to contact. Your applications need also to be administered daily at the same time of day with regularity. With these things considered, this form of Low T treatment can less convenient than it initially appears. 

So is it worth it?  This is up to the individual.  If you are a fairly disciplined person who enjoys keeping a consistent routine then you may benefit from using this form of alternative treatment.   Keep in mind, however, that even with the most consistent applications the increase in your testosterone level will still only be marginal as compared to injections.  With this in mind, perhaps the best use of this treatment is as a maintenance plan between injections.

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+Andy Little

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