Hormone replacement therapy
This is generally in the form of testosterone administered by gel or injection. There is no ideal method of testosterone delivery – it is often down to individual choice. The best method for any patient will depend on their own personal circumstances.
However testosterone is a controlled drug and all forms are available only by prescription.
Many like the gel preparations because they give a very even delivery of testosterone. They are short-acting and can be discontinued immediately if the patient is uncomfortable with the effects.
There are several products on the market. If you don’t like one, ask to try an alternative one.
daily dosage gives an even delivery without highs and lows.
easy to discontinue if patient unhappy with effect
have to be applied every day
should be applied after a shower
take a few minutes to dry (time varies between products)
accidental transference to others must be avoided
Nebido is commonly prescribed and must be administered by a nurse or doctor.
needs to be administered only 3 to 5 times per year
no special precautions required
injection can be painful
some patients dislike the initial high level of testosterone
some patients find that they run out of steam before the next injection is due
some patients forget to book their appointment
Read the instructions carefully!
Do nor rub the gel in – spread it on the areas of your body recommended in the instructions.
Wash your hands thoroughly.
Allow the gel to dry before putting on clothing – perhaps clean your teeth or have a shave while you are waiting.
Many medical professionals have little or no experience of administering a Nebido injection so make sure they have read the instructions – and make sure you know how it should be done so that you can check!
Nebido must not be cold when it is administered. Hold the ampule in you hand for a few minutes.
A small needle is used to ectract the liquid from the ampule but a large needle must be used to inject it
You should be comfortable and relaxed, lying face down
The injection should be given in the buttock
Ihe injection should not take less than 2 minutes
Sometimes no medication will be required if natural testosterone levels are sufficiently high.
Some adults may not wish to have hormone treatment. Occasionally the use of oestrogen may be preferred.