What are testosterone shots and why are they needed? Testosterone is a sex hormone that in males is produced via the male testicles. It is also produced in small amounts in a woman’s ovaries and in the adrenal system, but production may reduce as you get older. Your local medical professional can give you a testosterone shot to increase your levels.
Receiving Testosterone Shots
The drugs used in testosterone treatment are generically called a testosterone injection and will appear under the following brand names:
- Andro LA 200
- Depandro 100
- Testosterone Cypionate
- Testosterone Enanthate
Testosterone shots can be used by both boys and men to deal with medical conditions that are caused by the lack of this hormone. Signs of low testosterone in boys will appear as delayed puberty, while in men it will be impotence and/or other hormonal imbalances. These testosterone shots are also used to treat women whose breast cancer has spread to other parts of their bodies.
There is a lot of important information to consider before undertaking a program of these shots. For women: let your health care provider know if you are pregnant as this may cause birth defects. Also, tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking testosterone shots. For men: these shots should not be taken by men who have prostate cancer, or male breast cancer, or if you have had an allergic reaction to another hormone treatment.
While there is no proof that testosterone can be transferred to a baby who is being breast fed, it is not advisable to take these shots while breast feeding.
Other conditions that must be mentioned to your health care provider before taking testosterone shots include any type of cancer, bleeding or blood clotting disorders, a history of heart attacks, coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, kidney or liver disease, heart disease, or benign prostatic hypertrophy (BHP).
There are still cases where patients have had some of these conditions but are still able to receive the treatment. Your doctor will need to adjust the dosage within the testosterone shots, and conduct some special tests, that will allow you to use these hormone treatments safely.