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Testosterone enanthate contains the hormone testosterone in a special oil formulation that is injected into a muscle. Testosterone is slowly absorbed into the body, allowing for injections just once every two to four weeks in most cases. It works by increasing testosterone to a normal level.
Testosterone enanthate is used as an injection rather than taken by mouth because it would have little effect on testosterone levels if taken orally. When medications are taken by mouth, they must first pass through the liver before they reach the bloodstream. The liver metabolizes testosterone extensively before it has a chance to reach the bloodstream, and adequate blood levels usually cannot be achieved. However, when testosterone is injected into a muscle, it bypasses the liver, allowing significant amounts of the hormone to reach the bloodstream.
Testosterone enanthate is sometimes used to help start puberty in adolescent boys who would otherwise not go through puberty. There are no widely accepted uses for testosterone enanthate in younger children. Children or teens treated with testosterone enanthate must be carefully monitored for undesired bone changes by a specialist experienced in such matters.
On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is known as an off-label use. Off-label uses of testosterone enanthate include treating the following conditions:
- Low testosterone in women (even though testosterone is thought of as a "male" hormone, women also produce a little)
- Types of cancer in women other than breast cancer
- Hormone therapy in transgender individuals as part of a "sex change" process
- Slightly low, but still considered normal, testosterone levels in men.
Androgens, including testosterone enanthate, are sometimes used to enhance athletic performance. However, this use is considered unethical, both from a medical standpoint and from an athletics point of view.