There are a ton of different types of testosterone replacement therapy . Testosterone hormone replacement therapy patches are another form of topical TRT drug that’s applied in a patch, rather than applying gel directly to the skin. Along with the aforementioned gels and testosterone injections, patches are the most common form of treatment for low T.
Currently, the only brand of testosterone patch approved by the FDA is Androderm (not to be confused with Androgel).
Like all medications, Androderm should be avoided by men with certain health backgrounds, such as:
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
Likewise, some conditions can make you a bad candidate for Androderm TRT, and should be discussed with your doctor:
- Heart disease or other heart issues
- High cholesterol
- Lung disease
- Sleep apnea
- Enlarged prostate
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Blood clots
Applying testosterone patches is very simple, but your application site should be rotated daily, leaving at least a week between reusing the same patch site. You can apply Androderm to your back, stomach, thighs, or upper arms.
Patches are sometimes preferred to other types of TRT drugs because they’re not as inconvenient as messy testosterone gel application applications, and they’re not as uncomfortable as testosterone replacement therapy weekly injections.
That said, talking with an experienced TRT doctor is the best way to find out if Androderm is right for you. It’s ultimately up to your doctor to recommend the best course of action for low T treatment, whether that’s a patch, gel, injection, or no testosterone replacement therapy at all.
But to avoid the pain of visiting a general practitioner and getting denied treatment (who sometimes don’t know the first thing about low testosterone), make sure you get your T tested by a bonafide testosterone replacement therapy specialist.
TRT doctors know even guys with “normal” T levels can still be suffering from the effects of low testosterone, and know how to formulate the best treatment plan for each unique patient. Remember, it’s your body—if you feel like you have low T, the least you can do is find someone who’ll listen.