What Is the Testosterone Patch Used For?

If you have low testosterone levels, you may benefit from the testosterone patch. Using this patch on a daily basis can help replace low levels of testosterone due to various causes. On occasion, healthcare providers may also recommend "off-label" uses for the patches, such as treating delayed puberty in males and certain types of breast cancer in women.

An Overview of Uses for the Testosterone Patch

The testosterone patch (Androderm®) is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of drugs called androgens. Androgens are male sex hormones. The testosterone patch is approved as a testosterone replacement treatment in men with low testosterone levels, also known as testosterone deficiency. It comes in the form of a patch that is applied to the skin and changed once a day.
Testosterone is produced by the testes in response to hormone signals sent out by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Low testosterone (known medically as hypogonadism) can occur when the testes fail to make enough testosterone, or when the hypothalamus or pituitary glands do not send out enough hormones to signal the production of testosterone by the testes.
Symptoms of low testosterone levels may include:
Although hypogonadism is more likely to occur with increasing age, it is not a natural consequence of aging. It is a treatable medical condition. Although the underlying cause is not always known, there are many possible causes of low testosterone, including but not limited to:
  • Chemotherapy
  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Tumors
  • Surgical removal of the testicles
  • Injury to the testicles.
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