Testosterone boosters are a very complicated subject, and in fact there are a lot of myths surrounding them to date. There are a lot of men taking them who are better off without it and there are many millions of men who should be taking them, but they aren’t.
We will definitely get into that, as well.
To show you just how complex this subject is, let us start with two basic questions: the questions here, do they work and are they safe, is yes…and no. It depends on multiple factors. But let’s get to the most important thing first, because it’s your health at stake.
Are Testosterone Boosters safe?
This is no simple answer to this questions, as it will depend on a couple of factors.
Do you have low testosterone? If your testosterone level is on the low side, then you should be taking them. It is believed that up to 4 million men just in the USA are suffering from low testosterone, but only 5% are getting help for it.That’s not good at all. Because low testosterone can have many unpleasant consequences, some of which are merely inconvenient, but others are extremely serious. Fatigue, weight gain, low sex drive and erectile dysfunction are some of the most common symptoms of low testosterone. But there is also the possibility of anaemia, diabetes and depression, which can be far more dangerous.
The real surprise has to do with all those men taking testosterone boosters for bodybuilding. Here’s how that goes. Low testosterone causes muscle weakness and lowers bone density. Raising testosterone levels to normal will strengthen muscles and increase bone density. But that’s it! Taking MORE testosterone, to raise levels above normal will NOT continue to strengthen muscles and increase bone density. Instead, it will give you a very nasty shock.
A lot of these men also believe that a nice side effect of taking so much testosterone is that it will increase their fertility. But you know what? Taking the amount of testosterone that athletes usually use for increased performance can not only make them sterile, but will also cause their testicles to shrink and become soft.
So this is not something to play around with! And the short answer here is basically, it’s safe if you have low testosterone to begin with. Let’s now move over to a couple of other very important factors.
Are you taking it under the supervision of a medical professional? One of the myths surrounding this topic is that all testosterone boosters are safe for everyone because they are approved by the FDA. This could not be further from the truth! The FDA does not regulate testosterone products. They have just begun to investigate this market and are banning those that contain prohormones or steroids.
There are safe products out there as well. However, the fact remains that you should not be taking boosters if your testosterone level is already normal, and the only way to find that out is to get tested. So…
First, you MUST visit your doctor and find out what your testosterone level is. If it is normal, he will just congratulate you and send you on your way. If it is low, he can then work with you to increase it.
Remember, if you continue to take boosters when your testosterone levels are already normal, you are putting yourself at risk for sterility and soft, shrinking testicles. NOT a happy prospect. It’s a myth that the only way to increase testosterone levels includes shots, but, in fact, there are many more natural ways of boosting testosterone levels, rather than dumping extra hormones right into your body; many of these are plant based products or amino acids which are known to raise testosterone levels naturally.
These products have none of the dangers associated with steroids or prohormones, which the body metabolizes into anabolic steroids. You will certainly want to investigate these gentler options. However, don’t forget to read the fine print for possible side effects as well. Many of them will not only mention the possibility of shrinking testicles, they will have quite a few other points most men will not enjoy experiencing.
Here are just a few testosterone boosters side effects.
So, for men who have low testosterone and are working with their doctors to bring it up to normal levels, there are a lot of options. It’s a well-known fact that testosterone production starts decreasing rapidly in men beginning at the very early age of 25! That is why there are so many people with testosterone levels that are below normal.
These men NEED testosterone boosters, and it is safe for them to take boosters that are approved by their doctor. There are a whole range of symptoms caused by low testosterone which will go away once the levels are raised back to normal.
Having some of the symptoms below is a good reason to get tested by a medical professional.
These symptoms include:
- Muscle Weakness
- Decreased Bone Density
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Small or soft testicles
- Weight gain, especially in the waist area
So, yes. Testosterone boosters absolutely do work. And they are definitely safe to take, as long as you do so under supervision of a medical professional.