Despite the fact that testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone in both men and women, introducing synthetic versions into your bloodstream can and often does cause side effects. Most times, as long as you use these products responsibly, you can mitigate the testosterone side effects and reap all of the benefits that these products have to offer you.
The Odds of Adverse Effects
First, it is important for you to understand that any chemical compound you introduce into your body can cause adverse effects. For example, something as benign and well accepted as aspirin can cause stomach upset, and if you do not use it responsibly, it can cause severe liver damage and death. For that reason, remember to use this hormone responsibly according to recommended doses and cycle lengths in order to mitigate the risks of serious side effects. What’s more, you may need to combine it with other compounds in order to ward off some of the more bothersome symptoms that may develop over time.
Estrogen Conversion is a Guarantee
Unfortunately, your body will naturally convert leftover testosterone into estrogen. Although it is normal – and actually necessary – to have a little estrogen in your body, too much causes a series of adverse testosterone side effects that you will want to avoid at all costs. These include:
- Hair loss
- Oily skin and acne
- Gynecomastia, or a condition in which men develop female breast tissue
Although these conditions seem scary, the good news is that you can completely prevent them with a product known as an aromatase inhibitor. These compounds, such as Clomid, Arimidex, and the potent Letrozole, block “aromatization”, or the process via which testosterone converts to estrogen in your body.
Common Mild Side Effects
A great number of people do experience some other testosterone side effects, but these are usually quite mild. Most people notice them between one and two weeks into their cycles, and they begin to fade away by the third week. They include:
- Bloating and water retention
- Changes in mood
- High blood pressure
- Low HDL cholesterol
- High HDL cholesterol
If these side effects concern you, then you can titrate your testosterone dosage slowly until you fully understand how your body will respond. This gives you the opportunity to customize your dose for your unique needs.
The Potential for Allergic Reaction
Any chemical that you introduce into your body may also cause an allergic reaction. Although it is highly unusual for anyone to react to synthetic testosterone because it is so similar in nature to the hormone created in your body, some people react to the delivery system, or the inert ingredients that combine with the hormone to make it safe for ingestion or injection. Some people may develop a mild rash, but others may experience anaphylactic shock, a condition in which blood pressure drops quickly, and the tissues in the tongue, lips, and throat swell – often making it difficult to breathe. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Although testosterone side effects are certainly possible, the good news is that they are mild and easily mitigated. Make sure to use aromatase inhibitors any time you supplement with testosterone, and never use more than the recommended dose for longer than 16 weeks at a time.