I spilled a small amount of Androgel on my penis and it seemed to help the poor circulation/blood flow problem and resulting shrinkage I have had for years. Why can't I continue using Androgel in this way to midigate this discomfort?
Why can't Androgel be applied to the genitals? What is the result?
- 10 Jan 2010 by dan318
- 21 April 2017
I have read if applied to the genitals you will have less of the absorbed Testosterone converted via Aromatase to estrogen. If estrogen is too high it can cause loss of libido and is suspected of other health problems when too high. This is why your doctor has you apply it to your upper arms and the flanks of your torso just as the pictures show you on the instructions. I hope this helps. Good luck.
It may seem counter-intuitive to apply Androgel elsewhere, other than the genitals, which seems to be your target complaint. However, you may also be seeing a benefit of testosterone replacement and an increased level of T in your body that has already been building prior to your experiment on your penis.
My question is if that 'burn' that comes from applying an alcohol-based gel to the scrotum and penis doesn't offset any thrill or excitment that you might get from applying there.
What I'm suggesting is that you might be tricking yourself into thinking there's more benefit from the direct stimulation of your genitals, when the intent is to raise the body's T-level through application to the shoulders, chest, abdomen and then sheild it after the gel dries with an undershirt.
Feel free to ask your doctor this question when you re-evaluate the treatment... I note it's been a year since you asked. See what they say, and if they don't agree that smoothing on the shoulders is superior to sneaking some on your penis regularly.
Bunk answers reason again is not due to absorption levels because Abbott did not test any subjects during trials by using the genitalia as the means to absorption, again if concerned with the atromatase of estrogen from free serum testosterone you should consult your uro or endo for aids with estrogen blockers like arimidex.
The approved/recommended sites for applying Androgel (Topical Testosterone) are generally the upper arms/back for two main reasons:
1) These areas are covered with most clothing worn by men to prevent accidental exposure (and the subsequent effects) to females and children. Applying to genitals in someone who is engaging in sexual activity will cause transfer of testosterone to their sex partners, which may cause unwanted side effects.
2) Topical Testosterone is meant to treat low testosterone levels (Low T). When it is applied to the skin of the arms/back, the testosterone is absorbed and stored in a layer of the skin called the dermis, which is then released into your bloodstream slowly over time. The skin of the penis & scrotum does not have the same amount of dermis, and this will cause the testosterone to be absorbed in a way that is not accounted for in its FDA approval.
In your case, you mentioned that your issue is with poor circulation/blood flow, which may or may not be related to low testosterone levels. If your testosterone levels were normal before starting Androgel, then your physician is using it as off-label.
Would it help with circulation/blood flow? Possibly, but this wasn't the original intent/mode of use that was approved by the FDA.
Hope this helped!
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