Testosterone Injections Side Effects
The most common side effect of testosterone injections is acne. Acne is a skin disorder caused by excess sebum (oil) production. Sebum produces oil because it contains cholesterol, which makes your skin oily. When there’s too much sebum produced, the fatty acids in your sebaceous glands become inflamed and cause inflammation in the surrounding tissue. The result: pimples!
If you have acne, then you’re going to experience increased acne breakouts. You may also notice a decrease in your hair growth. If you don’t have acne, then this isn’t likely to happen. However, if you do suffer from acne or any other skin condition, then testosterone injections might worsen your problem. So it’s best not to get them unless they’re absolutely necessary.
Another common side effect of testosterone injections is weight gain (or loss). Weight gain occurs when you increase your body fat percentage. This increases the amount of calories you burn during exercise, which results in weight gain. On the other hand, losing weight causes your body to use less energy while exercising. Therefore, your metabolism slows down and you lose some of the extra water weight that resulted from being overweight before.
In general, both types of side effects are temporary and go away after a few months without any further treatment with testosterone injections. Your body will go back to its original state as soon as you stop getting the injections.
Testosterone Injections for Bodybuilding
(A Quick Primer)
Are testosterone injections safe?
Most people think that bodybuilders use testosterone injections to get big and ripped. However, this isn’t necessarily true despite the fact that they are a performance-enhancing drug. In fact, most professional bodybuilders don’t use these drugs at all. Rather, they use human growth hormone (HGH) and various anabolic steroids instead.
However, we’re not here to talk about these drugs. We’re here to talk about the use of testosterone injections for bodybuilding.
So let’s get right into it, shall we?
Testosterone is the primary male hormone in your body. It’s responsible for many of the masculine traits that males develop after puberty, such as a deep voice and, of course, greater muscularity. It also helps regulate bone growth, erythropoiesis (red blood cell production), and even has an effect on libido.
Testosterone is largely responsible for the growth spurt that most boys experience during puberty. Without it, your son wouldn’t become a man.
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