Testosterone enanthate is a testosterone replacement medication approved for both men and women. It comes in the form of an injection that is given once or twice a month. Because it is injected into a muscle, it bypasses the liver, allowing significant amounts of the hormone to reach the bloodstream. Acne and pain at the injection site are some of the common side effects.
Testosterone enanthate (Delatestryl®) is a prescription injection approved to treat low testosterone levels in men due to various causes. It is also approved to help alleviate the symptoms of inoperable, late-stage breast cancer in certain women. The medication is an anabolic steroid; as a result, it is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. This means that special laws and regulations control its sale and use.
(Click What Is Testosterone Enanthate Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, testosterone enanthate may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the possible side effects seen with testosterone enanthate include but are not limited to:
- Menstrual irregularities (in women)
- Development of male characteristics (in women)
- Decreased sperm count
- Pain and inflammation at the injection site.
(Click Testosterone Enanthate Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)