Testosterone is recommended for millions of American men with low T. These men report significant improvement in their symptoms of low T such as improved energy level, improvement in libido and erections, improved bone mineral density thus preventing osteoporosis in men. However, there are some precautions regarding the use of testosterone topical gels, which is the most used method of testosterone replacement. Testosterone left on the skin that is not absorbed can be transferred to your partner or your children if they come in contact with the application site.
If you are using topical testosterone gels, you should avoid contact between the applications sites and the skin of your partner and children.
To minimize the risk of testosterone gel transfer, men should wash the exposed area thoroughly before allowing direct, skin-to-skin contact. I also suggest than men wash their hands with soap and water immediately AFTER application of the gel. However, subsequent skin-to-skin exposure to the application site can still lead to transfer of testosterone from the man using the topical gel to others.
I also suggest that men be instructed to wear a T-shirt over the application site if the gel is applied to the abdomen and\or upper shoulders to prevent inadvertent testosterone transfer.
Men using topical gels should watch carefully for signs of testosterone transfer to partners and children.
Signs of testosterone in little boys include increased public hair, penile enlargement and accelerated bone growth. Other symptoms in both boys and girls include deepening of the voice, overactive oil gland in the skin leading to acne, increased body odor, increased muscle mass, frequent erections and masturbation, as well as behavioral changes.
In women the signs of testosterone transfer toxicity may include growth of hair on the face, male pattern baldness, irregular menses, enlargement of the clitoris, and deepening of the voice.
Bottom Line: Testosterone from accidental exposure from the topical gel from the man to his partner or children places the women or children to the deleterious effects of testosterone in women and\or children. The best advice for protection of partners and children is for the man to wash his hands after applying the gel and covering the application sites with a T-shirt or underclothing.