How To Raise Testosterone Levels: 7 Easy Treatment Options

Treatment for Low Testosterone Levels

There are 7 common treatment options for raising clinically low testosterone levels. They have all been proven to be safe and some are more effective than others. Learn about each method by reading the details below.

  • Testosterone Cypionate injections
  • Testosterone Enanthate injections
  • Testosterone cream or gel
  • Testosterone  pellets
  • HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) injections with Clomiphene Citrate
  • Boosters and supplements
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes

A licensed doctor will determine which of these treatment options are best for your individual needs.

1. Testosterone Cypionate Injections

The most common choice to increase your low testosterone levels is by injecting Depo ® Testosterone Cypionate or Testosterone Cypionate (commercial generic or compounded) from a licensed US specialty pharmacy. This medication has a seven day ester that is bio-identical to what the body is already producing. Injections are not needed on a daily basis, which is one of the attractions of this type of testosterone.

Cypionate injections:

  • Are taken intramuscularly (IM) in the buttocks, deltoid or the thigh
  • Must be prescribed by a licensed doctor
  • Require medical supervision and follow up

Testosterone Cypionate has helped change the lives of many. Your doctor will determine the optimal dosage and frequency for your specific needs. Testosterone cypionate is typically injected every seven days and is known to give the best relief for testosterone deficiencies without negative side effects when medically monitored. 

2. Testosterone Enanthate Injections

Testosterone Enanthate is another type of injection prescribed by a doctor to increase low testosterone levels for those individuals diagnosed with the condition. Enanthate has a shorter ester (five days) compared to that of Cypionate. Currently, Enanthate is available commercially in generic form or it can be compounded by a licensed US specialty pharmacy. There is no brand name available any longer.

Enanthate injections:

  • Are injected intramuscularly (IM) in the buttocks, deltoid or the thigh
  • Must be prescribed by a licensed doctor
  • Requires medical supervision and follow up

Testosterone Enanthate, much like Testosterone Cypionate has helped to change the lives of many. Enanthate is also bio-identical to the testosterone the body is naturally producing. It is a convenient medication as only requires an injection every four to five days.

3. Applied Testosterone Cream Or Gel

In most cases, when a woman or man is prescribed testosterone medication for their low testosterone condition, they can be prescribed a cream or gel. Women do not normally take injections because they do not need as much medication as men do. It may take a bit longer to see the effects of a testosterone cream or gel than it will when injections are used, but can be worth the wait. The cream is administered daily. Testosterone gels and creams require supervision and must be prescribed a licensed U.S. doctor.

  • Requires prescription
  • Applied daily
  • Can be transferred to others via casual contact
  • Always after shower and requires time to absorb before working out

For those who believe that only men need testosterone in their bodies, this is not true. Women need it as well; in a smaller amount or concentration. Using a cream or gel is perfect for most women with low testosterone levels (or for those men that cannot inject needles) to receive the results they want from testosterone replacement therapy.

4. Testosterone Pellets

Testosterone pellets tend to be more convenient for patients, as they eliminate the need for injections. However, testosterone pellets require multiple surgical procedures throughout the year and it is difficult to identify the correct initial dose that is needed on an individualized basis. Although we may not prescribe and perform testosterone pellet insertion at our clinic often, we still want our patients to be aware of the different options they have for testosterone replacement therapy.

Testosterone pellets:

  • Are inserted into the body through a small incision under the skin and into the muscle
  • Slowly release medication into the system over a span of three to six months
  • Are hard crystalline dissolving forms of testosterone

Testosterone pellets contain degrading testosterone that is similar to what the body naturally produces. They vary in size (about 0.35 inches by 0.12 inches) and dose. During this sterile out patient procedure, a doctor must surgically implant the pellet just above the buttocks by the hip. The pellets are then left there to dissolve until the next procedure is required.  

5. HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) Injections with Clomiphene Citrate

HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin injections are taken concurrently with Clomid (clomiphene citrate) pills to help stimulate the testicles to release low levels of testosterone. This treatment is used as a last alternative to injectable testosterone replacement therapy in younger men for very short periods of time.

Information about HCG injections and Clomiphene tablets:

  • They must be prescribed for a patient by a licensed doctor
  • The HCG injections are self administered subcutaneously
  • The Clomiphene tablets are taken orally
  • Injections and tablets must be taken with medical supervision

In most cases, HCG and clomiphene citrate can work with some success without any negative side effects for a very small number of specific patients. The greatest possible benefits are achieved with a three to six month therapy program, but never longer. Some benefits that are possible have been better sexual desire and ability to perform, mild improvement for erectile dysfunction, improved overall mood and help with fertility issues, according to many professional sources.

6. Boosters And Supplements

Testosterone Boosters and Supplements

Boosters and supplements can be taken in the forms of:

  • Pills, tablets or capsules
  • Sprays
  • Drops
  • Powders

Boosters and supplements are easy to obtain. They can be purchased without a prescription from any health food store, vitamin shop or online because they are not regulated. In addition, they are less expensive to purchase. Pills, tablets, capsules sprays, drops and powders do not work nearly as well as prescription intramuscular injections or prescription gels and creams. Additionally, the cost is actually more expensive.

These supplements do not contain any testosterone and usually list a “propriety secret ingredient” along with a combination of amino acids. People often waste their time and money on boosters and supplements in an effort to create or release testosterone. We do not prescribe or advocate for their usage. These do not compare in their effectiveness to that of any medically prescribed testosterone therapy options (injectable, gels or creams).

7. Dietary And Lifestyle Changes

A great way to help maximize testosterone replacement therapy to work faster and produce results and benefits is to eat healthy testosterone boosting foods, exercise daily, keep stress levels low, sleep at least eight hours per evening, keep alcoholic consumption to a responsible level and never smoke. It is important to remember that dietary choices, daily habits and every day activities should be done in moderation.

When it comes to your diet, medical studies have shown that there are 10 popular foods that can have a positive effect on the body. This is true whether you are on testosterone therapy or not.

  1. Tuna
  2. Milk
  3. Red grapes and berries
  4. Egg yolks
  5. Cabbage
  6. Pomegranate
  7. Oysters
  8. Shellfish
  9. Garlic
  10. Beans

Most of these great food choices contain vitamin D, magnesium, zinc and protein. Eating them in moderation with other nutrient rich based foods is best for helping optimize hormones and improving health. Click here to get more detailed information about these testosterone boosting foods.

Choosing the right testosterone treatment option for your individualize and unique needs may seem difficult, but if you trust your doctor, it should be an easy decision. With the 7 options on the market today, the best one for you will be dependent upon you, your needs, your body chemistry and your doctor’s expert opinion.  

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