If you have been diagnosed with low testosterone, then your doctor is likely to prescribe a testosterone gel for you to apply topically. The testosterone is absorbed easily through your skin, helping to fight symptoms such as low libido, muscle loss, and erectile dysfunction. There are, however, some guidelines you should adhere to when using testosterone gel in order to ensure safety and effectiveness.
1. Make sure your skin is clean.
If you apply the gel to skin right after you've applied a moisturizer or deodorant, absorption will be reduced. The best time to apply the gel is right after you get out of the shower and dry off. If you do suffer from dry skin and want to apply moisturizer, wait several hours after the application of the gel. Many patients find that if they shower and apply the gel in the morning and then apply moisturizer at night, things go well.
2. Wash your hands very well afterwards.
After applying the gel, it will be all over your hands. If you were to touch someone else, you would transfer it to them. This could cause serious side effects for a woman, especially if she were pregnant or nursing. Wash your hands immediately after applying the gel; don't wait. Lather them up fully for 20 seconds before rinsing.
3. Squeeze the entire packet out.
Usually, the gel will be provided to you in individual packets. Each one contains just enough testosterone gel for a single use. Make sure you are thoroughly squeezing the gel out of the packet. Otherwise, you might not be getting enough testosterone. The best strategy is to begin squeezing at the bottom of the packet and then work your way towards the open top of the packet.
4. Distribute the gel evenly.
Usually, your doctor will instruct you to apply the gel to your shoulders, upper arms, and abdomen. (If you have damaged skin in one of these areas, they may instruct you to apply it only to the other two.) As you apply, make sure you apply the gel as evenly as possible. This helps guarantee the gel is absorbed at the ideal rate. If you apply too much in one spot, it may absorb more slowly than intended.
To learn more about the best practices for testosterone gel application, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They may have an instructional pamphlet or other guidelines for you.
To learn more about low-T gel, contact a doctor.