“I see patients come in who have diagnosed themselves with low testosterone,” remarks Dr. Pineda. “So they're taking all these herbal supplements or going to walk-in centers for testosterone shots.” While Dr. Pineda applauds the desire to proactively take control of their situation, he cautions against this approach. “These supplements are not evaluated by the FDA, so there’s no way to know what is actually in them and if they do what’s advertised.” And there are a lot of nuances in sexual health diagnosis and treatment, says Dr. Pineda. “Successful and healthy treatment comes with regular follow-ups and monitoring, which might not always be the case with these kinds of walk-in places.”
OK, but is having too much testosterone really going to hurt you? In a word, yes! The risks of having too much T unchecked are no joke. There is the possibility of increased hostility and hypersexuality, and if that doesn’t scare you straight, maybe this will: “When you inject testosterone into yourself, your body says, ‘Oh great. I don't have to make any anymore.’ And your testicles may start to shrink.” (My testicles shrank just hearing that!) “Testosterone is a controlled substance for a reason,” adds Dr. Pineda.