Testosterone supplements have numerous side effects, not only for the men who use them, but also for anyone else who might come in contact with them, particularly spouses, other romantic partners, and children. These side effects include pain and swelling in various parts of the body, trouble breathing, and further enlargement of the prostate. Children who come into contact with these products may also show signs of early puberty and aggressive behavior, while women may experience certain bodily changes, including changes in body hair.
Recent research has also provided evidence of additional potentially deadly effects for men: a significantly increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other adverse cardiovascular events. Men under 65 who have a history of heart disease have an elevated risk of heart attacks, while men over 65 have a similarly elevated risk regardless of whether or not they have heart disease in their medical history.
Given their many risks, why are these products popular among men?
A key reason is the aggressiveness of the marketing campaigns for them. Manufacturers of testosterone products such as Androgel and Axiron have been downplaying some of the serious risks, in particular the greater incidence of heart attacks, while pushing these products on men.
What are some of their marketing strategies?
Convincing people that they have a medical problem. Even if a man is showing some of the normal signs of aging and not a terrible deficit in testosterone, these drug companies will try to persuade him (and the doctors who treat him) that he has a medical problem. Is he feeling a bit sluggish? Is he dissatisfied with his sex drive? The companies will try to make these part of an overarching medical problem (Low Testosterone or Low-T). And what’s the only treatment? Their product. A man’s problems may in fact be mild and perhaps treatable in safer ways; furthermore, they may not even be related directly to his testosterone levels. But the companies will push for a “Low-T” explanation regardless and convince these men that they really need testosterone supplements.
Downplaying the side effects while going on about the supposed benefits. The risks get glossed over; some of them might not even be mentioned at all. Meantime, the campaigns emphasize the positives of these supplements, giving the impression that they’re a cure-all and endorsed by medical experts. They paint a picture of how a man’s life can be utterly transformed for the better with an application of these products, and how truly awful it will be for him to not take advantage of them.
People have suffered serious harm as a result of these products and the way they’ve been aggressively marketed; men who may not need these products, or could suffer terrible side effects as a result, wind up using them. Don’t hesitate to contact us if your health has worsened as a result of testosterone supplements.