Originally posted by welsh_boyo: |
A friend told mine that if I take a testosterone supplement (testosterol etc.) then it will increase the amount of facial hair and body hair I have. Is this true?
The reason I ask is becuase I'm 18 years old and have almost no facial or body hair (my dad is hella hairy though). Are there any risks? should I take it? Any advice welcome.
First of all, having little to no facial and body hair at your age, could mean absolutely nothing. I have seen men in their 30's with almost no body or facial hair with no health problems at all. However, having little to no facial and body hair can be an indication of a genetic anomally that occurs in males. Are your genetials small? If they are, this may also be an indication of a genetic anomally.
Please stay away from over the counter testoserone products. Testosterone is a controlled substance for a reason as their are numerous SIDE EFFECTS. It makes no difference whether you take over the counter or prescribed Testosterone, it all does the same thing to you. In young men like yourself, it drastically increases the risk of testicular cancer. It also causes you to have an enlarged prostate, and as you get older, it increases the risk of prostate cancer. In some men,it can cause gynecomastia(male breast tissue). It will cause your testicles to atrohpy. It will cause you to have a problem with acne as it is an overload for your liver. Long term use causes edema and leg ulcers. It can increase your bad cholesterol and does cause a thickening of the blood with huge red blood cell counts. The list goes on and on.
If you suspect a problem, please go to an endocrinologist or a urologist and not a general practioner. Many family doctors don't have a clue as to what may be causing your lack of secondary sexual characteristics.
Again, PLEASE don't take any form of testosterone unless there is no other way for you. The risks are not worth the benefits.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!