Testosterone therapy is a life-changing experience for many men, but it's important to understand the risks and benefits associated with it before making any decisions. The cost of testosterone therapy can vary depending on the brand, dosage, and number of injections needed. Insurance plans may cover some of the costs, but there may still be high out-of-pocket expenses. According to clinical practice guidelines from the Endocrinology Society, the recommended starting dose is 50 mg intravenously (IM) every 2 to 4 weeks, but this can be increased to 75 to 100 mg intravenously (IM) per week or 150 to 200 mg intravenously once a week.
Pregnant women are advised not to consume testosterone, as it can have an impact on fetal development. Comprehensive hormone testing, such as testosterone testing, can be performed by a variety of medical professionals. Testosterone replacement is done through an injection or a cream that is rubbed onto the skin. In Ontario, several commercial testosterone products are classified as “restricted use”.
A study found that testosterone therapy at a dose of 75 to 100 mg intravenously (IM) per week or 150 to 200 mg intravenously once a week was more effective than 50 mg IM every two to four weeks in restoring testosterone levels in men with low levels of the hormone. However, there are several side effects associated with testosterone therapy, including prostate cancer, heart disease, and obesity. It has been proposed that testosterone therapy could benefit your physical health, energy level and mood. However, there is no single answer to how much testosterone therapy will cost out of pocket as it depends on several factors.
It's important to speak with your doctor and insurance provider before making any decisions about treatment.