Patients have a number of options as it relates to testosterone replacement therapy delivery options. Testosterone gel is a popular option and improving testosterone gel absorption rates is an important consideration.
Testosterone gel is a medication used to treat low testosterone levels in men. It is applied to the skin and is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. However, there are several factors that can affect the absorption of testosterone gel, and it is important to optimize these factors to ensure that the medication is effective.
Apply the Gel on Clean and Dry Skin
One way to improve testosterone gel absorption is to apply the gel to clean, dry skin. The skin should be free of any lotions, oils, or other substances that can interfere with the absorption of the medication. It is also important to apply the gel to an area of skin that has a large surface area, such as the shoulders or upper arms.
Schedule Showering and Use the Correct Amount of Gel
Another way to improve testosterone gel absorption is to avoid showering or bathing for at least two hours after applying the gel. This will help to ensure that the medication is not washed off before it has had a chance to be absorbed.
It is also important to use the correct amount of testosterone gel. Using too much gel can lead to skin irritation and increased risk of side effects, while using too little can lead to inadequate treatment. The dose and frequency of testosterone gel use should be determined by a healthcare provider.
Rotate the Application Site of Testosterone Gel
It is also important to rotate the application site of testosterone gel. This is because applying the gel to the same site repeatedly can lead to skin irritation, and also the body can develop tolerance to the medication in that specific area.
Additionally, using a thinner layer of gel can also help improve absorption. Thicker layers of gel may not be absorbed as well, so it is important to apply the gel as thinly as possible.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Another important step to improve testosterone gel absorption is to avoid direct sun exposure to the application area. Sunlight can reduce the effectiveness of testosterone gel, and the skin should be protected by clothing or sunscreen.
In some cases, it may be helpful to use a skin enhancer or transdermal delivery system with the testosterone gel. These products can help to increase the absorption of the medication by increasing the amount of testosterone that is delivered to the bloodstream.
Finally, it is important to regularly monitor testosterone levels through blood tests to ensure that the medication is working properly. If testosterone levels are not increasing as expected, a healthcare provider may need to adjust the dose or frequency of testosterone gel use.
Improving testosterone gel absorption requires a combination of various factors such as applying the gel to clean, dry skin, avoiding showering or bathing for at least two hours after applying the gel, using the correct amount of gel, rotating the application site, using a thinner layer of gel, avoiding direct sun exposure, using a skin enhancer or transdermal delivery system, and monitoring testosterone levels regularly. Consulting with a healthcare provider is essential to achieve the best results.
If you have any additional questions about hormonal replacement therapy or need any advice related to your hormonal health, don’t hesitate to reach out to HRT Doctors Group and schedule a consultation for expert guidance and support in achieving a healthy hormonal balance!
“Factors affecting the pharmacokinetics of testosterone delivered by a transdermal patch” by D.J. Handelsman, et al. (2000)
“Transdermal testosterone gel improves sexual function, mood, muscle strength, and body composition parameters in hypogonadal men” by S.J. Bhasin, et al. (2000)