Side Effects of Testosterone Boosters

Testosterone is a hormone that is responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics. Although, it is mainly present in men, it can also be found in small quantities in women. It is necessary for bone and muscle production, and also to increase libido. Many times, the testosterone level in the body goes down due to altered testicular function, aging, and hereditary disorders.

In case of low testosterone levels, one might experience symptoms including sleep disturbances, weight gain, low sexual desire, depression, poor concentration, tiredness, and erectile dysfunction. In such cases, testosterone boosters are prescribed.

Testosterone supplements are also used by bodybuilders and athletes to increase muscle mass, performance, strength, and size. They are available as oral supplements, transdermal patches, as well as injections. However, the use of such supplements is not devoid of side effects. Most people consider testosterone boosters to be the same as steroids, however, there is a huge difference between the two. While the former are natural ingredients that enhance the production of this hormone, the latter are created synthetically. The following section discusses the side effects of testosterone boosters.

Possible Side Effects Due to Overdose

While the consumption of natural testosterone boosters is relatively safe when one sticks to the prescribed dosage, overuse may result in certain adverse effects on one’s health. These are mentioned as under.

» Some people may observe that their skin has become more oily and prone to acne. Other skin reactions may also be observed.

» Enlargement of breasts is another side effect seen as a result of consuming these boosters.

» Though these are taken to increase vitality, especially in aging men, they may also result in reduced size of the testes. In laboratory testing, infertility has also been observed, as shrinkage of testes may lead to decreased sperm count.

» It might become difficult for you to get a good night’s sleep as these boosters may lead to sleep apnea, or perhaps, even make it worse.

» Problems in urination may occur due to stimulation of prostate tissue. You may notice a decrease in the frequency of urination and the stream may also be thinner.

» A minor amount of fluid retention may also take place. The levels of cholesterol and lipids may also be affected in some cases.

» You may feel extremely moody and behave more aggressively.

» Elevated levels of red blood cells―also known as polycythemia―may be seen. This can also make you prone to heart disease.

» Laboratory testing has also observed elevated levels of PSA, which is a protein produced in the prostate. Elevated levels are indicative of prostate cancer, or an inflammation or enlargement of the prostate gland.

Severe side effects have been associated with the use of steroids or prohormones, which, as mentioned before, are different from natural testosterone boosters. An ingredient derived from a plant called Tribulus is present in these natural boosters, which is known to produce testosterone in the body, and not artificially provide it. However, due to the possible side effects and risks associated with testosterone therapy in general, it is strictly advisable to consult with a trusted healthcare specialist before including these boosters in your diet.

Although, there are certain FDA-approved testosterone products, recent news states that the FDA is going to review these products for their safety again, due to the recent reports that indicate an increased risk of heart failure in men who are on these therapies. The FDA also suggests that one should not stop taking the prescribed testosterone products right away, without consulting their physician. However, the physicians are advised to evaluate whether the benefits of the therapy are worth neglecting the possible risks.

According to Mayo Clinic, “A medical condition that leads to an unusual decline in testosterone may be a reason to take supplemental testosterone. However, treating normal aging with testosterone therapy is not currently advisable”. Although, natural testosterone boosters are considered to be fairly safe, one must not ignore the possible risks mentioned above. Different users may respond differently to these products. Therefore, a detailed discussion with a trusted physician regarding the need, benefits, and risks involved―keeping your medical history and health condition in mind―is a must.
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The Side Effects and Safety of Testosterone Boosters and Supplements

get plenty of emails from guys who are conserned about the safety and side effects of the testosterone boosters or supplements that I’m recommending on this site.

Most common questions are:

“Can I use testoterone boosters if I’m under 18?”, “What are the long-term side effects of testosterone boosters?”, “Are testosterone boosters more like food or medicine?”, “Do I need supplements to increase testosterone levels naturally?”

Answers: Yes you can use all the testosterone boosters recommended on this site if you’re under 18, actually the younger you are the more beneficial effects you’re going to get from them…

…And no there isn’t any similar side effects to natural testosterone boosters as there is to prescription drugs, they’re basically just super nutritious foods…

…And finally, you don’t need supplements to increase your testosterone levels. Three of the most imporant factors in natural hormone optimization are sleep, diet, and exercise, but with that being said, supplementation can greatly aid your body in the process.

I base this knowledge on the following facts:

I have been using and testing hundreds of different herbs, minerals, vitamins, medicinal mushrooms, tinctures, amino-acid’s, and even the most shadiest cheap supplements claimed to increase testosterone levels, for the last 5 years or so. Never during this time have I experienced any negative side effects or safety hazards worth mentioning. I was 16 years old when I started optimizing my natural hormone production and using supplements, and that hasn’t affected my emotional health, physical health, or height growth in any negative manner whatsoever.

In other words, a bowl of fruit loops is probably much more dangerous and comes with a lot more side effects than any of the supplements mentioned on this site.