Protect Your Nuts!–An Alternative to Testosterone Replacement Therapy

One of the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy is the possibility of testicular atrophy.  In English, that means that your balls may shrink down to little raisins.

A paper published recently in the Journal of Urology retrospectively reviewed men on different types of testosterone replacement therapy for Low T.  This paper compared men on injections to men on commercially advertised gels to men on an oral estrogen blocker (clomiphene citrate, or Clomid).  These men were equal in age and testosterone levels.  Although the men receiving injections had higher levels of testosterone and better symptom relief, the men on Clomid had equal results to the men on gels.

This is important because gels are expensive and many insurance policies exclude them from pharmacy benefits.   Clomid, is an oral, generic, inexpensive medication that is used off-label for men with low T.  Clomid will not interfere with your ability to have children.  There is no testicular atrophy (shrinking).  In addition, there is no risk of transference to children as there is with the gels.

So, if you don’t have access to these gels, injections are not for you, or you don’t like the potential side effects of testosterone replacement therapy, there is an alternative.

And you get to keep your nuts!

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