Testosterone has benefits – but over-the-counter supplements might not deliver
Testosterone is the hormone that makes men, well, men. As the principle male sex hormone, it allows men to properly develop muscle, bone strength, red blood cells, and, of course, a healthy sex drive.
But as men age, testosterone levels decline – and that can lead to symptoms like sexual dysfunction, trouble sleeping, muscle loss, and emotional problems.
To combat this, many men decide to take a testosterone-enhancement supplement and, at face value, that may sound like a good idea.
There are just two problems: supplements with real testosterone are illegal without a prescription and unsafe if not administered properly, and supplements without testosterone that simply claim to boost the hormone may not do anything at all.
The difference between actual testosterone supplements and OTC testosterone boosters
Legally, all supplements that contain actual testosterone must be prescribed by a doctor. That’s because, if administered or dosed incorrectly, bioidentical testosterone could cause side effects. However, this is much less likely to happen when the process is monitored by a medical professional.
More worrisome to patients may be over-the-counter testosterone powders: non-testosterone-based supplements that claim to help increase the natural production of testosterone.
Often, these contain mixtures of herbs and other proprietary formulas – and there’s limited or mixed evidence that these products have an effect on natural testosterone production.
Instead of taking a chance on a risky OTC supplement, consult a doctor to learn the most effective ways to improve your sex life
While over-the-counter testosterone boosters might seem like a fast and inexpensive way to beat ED or spice things up in the bedroom, they could end up being a waste of time and money.
Worse, you could encounter side effects – all which could be avoided by simply consulting with a doctor first. The FDA does not review dietary supplements, which means that you have no assurance whether what the company says is in your supplement is actually what you’re taking.
If you’re looking for an effective, innovative, and doctor-approved way to address ED or improve sexual function, consider GAINSWave® therapy. It uses low-intensity soundwaves to break up plaque in blood vessels and stimulate the creation of new ones, increasing blood flow to the penis. Shockwave therapy has no known side effects and it’s a quick and easy procedure that can be performed right in the doctor’s office.
GAINSWave is now available to patients at Family Practice Center's ED Clinic McAllen. For more information or to schedule an appointment, feel free to call our office 956-275-3005 or come by to our office at 501 N Ware Rd, McAllen, TX, 78501.
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