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Testosterone is an important hormone in the human body that has numerous functions. It is involved in muscle development, sexual function, heart health and even mental performance. Unfortunately, men experience a reduction* in the rate at which their body produces testosterone after a certain age. While this is not always a problem as the reduction* are usually very minor, some men experience a rapid reduction* as several environmental factors and health problems may further contribute to a lower testosterone count. As much as 39% of men over the age of 40 have testosterone levels that are considered to be lower than normal, as reported by MedScape.
Transdermal patches (adhesive patches placed on the skin) may also be used to deliver a steady dose through the skin and into the bloodstream. Testosterone-containing creams and gels that are applied daily to the skin are also available, but absorption is inefficient (roughly 10%, varying between individuals) and these treatments tend to be more expensive. Individuals who are especially physically active and/or bathe often may not be good candidates, since the medication can be washed off and may take up to six hours to be fully absorbed. There is also the risk that an intimate partner or child may come in contact with the application site and inadvertently dose himself or herself; children and women are highly sensitive to testosterone and can suffer unintended masculinization and health effects, even from small doses. Injection is the most common method used by individuals administering AAS for non-medical purposes.