Artificial testosterone can be administered through different routes:
- Intramuscular injection: there exist different types of synthetic testosterone that can be administered intramuscularly. Propionate remains for a reduced time period in the body, so it has to be administered every 2-3 days. Testosterone enanthate and cypionate can be injected every two weeks (dose of 200 mg). Conversely, testosterone undecanoate can be administered every 12-15 weeks (1000 mg).
- Transfermal (patch): it can be administered in the form of a gel or cream daily, in the form of patches or implant.
- Oral (pills): this is the least common of all routes, since it is detrimental for the liver (hepatic toxicity).
Even though artificial testosterone can have many benefits, like muscle development or secondary male characteristics, one should keep in mind that, as any other medication, it can have some side effects. Always follow your doctor's instructions before taking this type of medications.
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