Risks of Testosterone Therapy

So you have been wondering what are the likely risks of testosterone treatment. Maybe you’ve heard some unpleasant stories which are giving you some second thoughts. To start with, are you willing to continue to suffer from the symptoms that are associated with low testosterone, if you don’t seek treatment? The answer is definitely NO! Almost all treatments have side effects and so testosterone therapy would not be an exception. Researchers have shown that the side effects associated with testosterone treatment are nothing when compared with its benefits.

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What are the Risks of Testosterone Treatment?

Most associated side effects are not permanent and go away soon after the treatment is completed. Some of the risks of testosterone treatment include:

  • Unintended Cream Transfer: This applies to people who apply testosterone creams. It is extremely rare for this to happen but there are possibilities of affecting someone else who comes into contact with the cream unintentionally. For example, when a child comes in contact with the cream, it might lead to premature puberty. This is why it is advised that you wash your hands properly after application and make sure the area where the cream is applied does not come into contact with people around you.
  • Polycythemia: This is a condition when there is an increase in red blood cells which causes the blood to thicken and there are chances of a blood clot (a condition that could lead to stroke).
  • Prostate Problems: Testosterone treatment may cause prostate problems. It can stimulate prostate tissues and this makes patients feel pressed often, even when the bladder is empty and sometimes, the urine is mixed with blood. There are also cases of prostate non-cancerous growth and prostate cancer, and so, it is advised that you have prostate check-ups regularly.
  • Skin Problems: The application of testosterone creams and the use of the pellet implant methods can cause certain skin problems. Some of these problems include; itching, soreness, acne, rashes, burning, etc.
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