Intramuscular Injection Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Injectable testosterone is one of the most common testosterone replacement therapy types, and the administration route most men are familiar with. Even when looking at testosterone gels vs injections, the injections are the most widespread method.
Wondering how to get male hormone replacement via testosterone injections, but aren’t familiar with the terminology? Some of the most common names for testosterone injections for men your doctor might prescribe are:
- Testosterone Cypionate
- Testosterone Enanthate
(These are the most common, best testosterone replacement therapy injections.)
Like all types of testosterone replacement drugs, injectable testosterone isn’t for everyone. Guys who have any of the following should be aware that test replacement might not be the best choice:
- Prostate or breast cancer
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
And while the following conditions don’t automatically exclude you from testosterone replacement therapy injections, be sure to tell your doctor about them beforehand:
- Enlarged prostate
- History of stroke, heart attacks, or blood clots
- High triglycerides or cholesterol
- Other kidney or liver issues
- Regular use of blood thinners
But with that out of the way, there’s a reason why testosterone injections are so commonly prescribed to guys with low T—they’re quick, relatively painless, and they get the job done.
A note on pain—yes, injectable testosterone replacement therapy does hurt a little. But if you’re doctor’s worth his salt, he’ll prescribe you the smallest needles possible. Don’t listen to anyone who says you need massive horse needles to take testosterone injections.
Testosterone injections are recommended to be given once every 2 to 4 weeks. The issue with this advice, and why so many doctors get it wrong, is because medical professionals forget the fundamentals they learned back in medical school—chiefly, the concept of half-life and available testosterone.
While on testosterone injection replacement therapy, it doesn’t stick around in your body forever. In fact, to maintain healthy T levels, you should actually inject once every 5 days, or every week at the very least. If your doctor tells you biweekly or monthly injections are OK, it’s time to find a new doctor.
While taking injectable testosterone, it’s important that you check your blood very frequently. Otherwise, your doctor won’t be able to adjust your treatment to maintain balanced testosterone levels. Testosterone replacement therapy injection doses are meant to normalize testosterone, not boost it to very high levels.
Fortunately, side effects of taking injectable testosterone are pretty uncommon, although you should be on the lookout for ANY signs of an allergic reaction and seek help immediately. That said, your doctor will go over the potential risks with you in detail.
And there you have it—the basics of testosterone injections. If you’re ready to find out more about the best treatment for YOUR low testosterone, get in touch with us immediately. We’re ready to help.