Undergoing testosterone replacement therapy is completely safe if you’re treated by a specialist doctor who regularly monitors your testosterone levels along with any side effects.
As with all medications, some people may experience side effects - however, they’re easily controlled and generally avoided with sensible doses and regular monitoring. Some possible minor side effects include fluid retention, acne, and increased urination. More severe potential side effects include gynecomastia (the growth of male breasts), worsening of existing sleep apnea, increased cholesterol levels, decreased sperm count, infertility, and an increased number of red blood cells.
Testosterone injections may also increase your risk of certain health problems, such as heart attack, stroke, blood clots or a worsening of pre-existing prostate tumours or benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). However, these side effects can be mostly avoided or controlled through regular monitoring and other medications.
In order to keep side effects to a minimum you’ll check in to monitor your testosterone levels and any potential side effects. If you have any concerns or questions, get in touch with our clinicians - it’s free!