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Testosterone replacement therapy, also known as androgen replacement therapy has traditionally been used to treat male hypogonadism. With this condition, the body fails to make enough male hormones or androgens. Testosterone is an androgen and is responsible for most of the male secondary sex characteristics like facial hair, low voice and sexual organ development. In male hypogonadism, the testicles do not make enough androgens such as testosterone, either due to a pituitary problem or a testicular problem. Reference

Different preparations of testosterone are used for replacement therapy. While there are advantages and disadvantages to each type of replacement therapy, there are also other important issues. Supplement companies have been targeting people with decreased sex drive, altered mood and difficulties with concentration and mental stimulation heavily the past few years. This is one reason why Testosterone therapy has become relatively commonplace today. Knowing the research and past side effects of other synthetic hormone treatments — which have been shown to lower HDL cholesterol and increase the risk of stroke makes me recommend avoiding this type of treatment if possible. Reference

Injectable agents: Are more often used for replacement therapy. The testosterone esters in these compounds are put in depot injections that leach hormone out over a period of weeks. The average dosage is 100 mg per week. Injections are formulated such that a person may receive 200 mg every 2 weeks or 300 mg every 3 weeks, etc. There is an initial peak in testosterone level right after an injection. If this level rises above the normal range, increased adverse events such as those described in the following section may be seen. There may also be a drop of the testosterone level below the normal range shortly before the next injection, leading to increased symptoms. Reference

Homeopathic Testosterone: Formulated as an Over-The-Counter (OTC), homeopathic Testosterone uses specific ingredients to stimulate the body’s own production of Testosterone naturally and with no side effects. Homeopathic Testosterone Hormone Supplement treats symptoms associated with imbalanced Testosterone, safely and with no side effects. A low body weight and Treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies have a positive effect on the hormonal system progesterone, and testosterone. Prescription testosterone products are a “hormone replacement therapy” and so can cause adverse effects such as an increase in cholesterol and blood pressure, male pattern baldness, acne, and fluid retention. Homeopathic Testosterone is the same bioidentical testosterone that is used in prescription products but it is in homeopathic form and so is much safer. There are also other specific ingredients that are formulated to help regulate testosterone naturally. Reference