When you are starting testosterone therapy, you may be wondering if you should keep going, or if you should stop at any time. The good news is that you can stop it whenever you want. There are some precautions to take, however. One of them is to talk with your doctor about tapering off. If you stop abruptly, the symptoms will likely return. In other words, you don’t want to end your treatment before the symptoms are gone for good.
Among the side effects of low testosterone is lowered libido, decreased sex drive, increased body fat and a lack of energy. Low testosterone can also cause physical changes such as increased body fat, a reduced muscle mass, swollen breasts, bone loss, and decreased bone density. Besides sexual dysfunction, low testosterone can also affect a man’s mental health. In addition to lowering libido, men with low testosterone can experience depression, difficulty concentrating, and poor moods.
While it is convenient to take testosterone gels or injections, there are risks associated with them. Injections can cause complications and expose patients to other people, while topical creams and pellets are convenient, but they also carry risks such as irritation and gum disease. Despite the many benefits of testosterone replacement therapy, you should talk to your healthcare provider if you experience any side effects. Injections are also possible, but you may experience inconsistent effects and may end up needing to stop the therapy prematurely.