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Tip #14: Do not apply Androgel to your genitals

Inspired by a recent Q&A post, TfTM Contributors & readers weigh in on the question:

Should Androgel be applied to your genitalia?

The general consensus is: No.

 

James says:

I just want to add here that I had heard of applying androgel or other T-gels to your genitals for growth, and I have tried it. There are three reasons not to do this. 1) the extra DHT may lead to increased hair loss, 2) there is no proof (that I have found) that it works, and 3) IT STINGS, IT BURNS, and it throws off your ph-balance, which may lead to a yeast infection. So… don’t do it. If you are concerned with growth, ask your doctor about a compound cream. When used with pumping, I have heard good things. However, I have not tried the cream myself. I have tried pumping, but that is for another post.

 

N says:

Here’s a quote from the Common Questions about Androgel page on the Androgel site about where to apply it:

  • Apply to shoulders, upper arms, and/or stomach area only
    • Do not apply to any other areas of the body such as your penis or scrotum

 

Lee Penman says:

This is somewhat akin to asking if you inject [testosterone] in your biceps will they grow :) In other words no…plus it will STING

 

MK says:

My return question to you would be what “results” are you looking for? I imagine she might mean that her husband had more erections, but the result a lot of trans men are looking for is genitalia/dick/clit growth.

I have not heard of anyone applying androgel to their genitalia for erections or for growth. If growth is the main concern, I’ve heard that doctors recommend DHT cream to patients (this developed out of a need for a certain dick/clit size before bottom surgery/metoidoplasty could be performed). I’ve also heard more about using penis pumps to increase size over time. Here’s a great blogpost from a prolific and informative guy about DHT:

http://genderoutlaw.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/dht-cream-pumping/
http://transguys.com/features/dht-transgender-men

I’d note that DHT is a controlled substance in North America (much like Androgel, testosterone, etc.), so cannot be purchased legally without a prescription. This particular blogger had to find a third party compounding pharmacy to create the cream for him.

However, I can’t say that Androgel doesn’t cause erections or growth because I haven’t tried it or heard of guys who have; I just know that bottom surgery doctors tend to prescribe DHT.

Consider that anything alcohol-based (like Androgel) would likely create a burning sensation on your genitals. I haven’t heard any reports about how tolerable this pain is…no pain, no gain, right? That’s probably why there isn’t much out there on Androgel or Testim use on genitals.

My research suggests that DHT or generic “t creams” created by compounding apothecaries like the online Women’s International Pharmacy that has been mentioned as a resource on this website are most commonly used and do yield growth results. “Cream” being the key word — as in, not alcohol based.

For instance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMQ7a-2i594&feature=relmfu [not agreeing or disagreeing with anything bloggers or commenters say, just pointing this out as a reference.]

My other common sense answer to this is: if a doctor is okay with her [cis-gender?] husband applying it to his genitalia (the head of which is as sensitive as a clit), then it probably wouldn’t cause damage. If the worst that could happen is discomfort and potentially no growth, then nothing gained is nothing lost (presuming growth is what you’re asking about). However, I am NOT a doctor so I wouldn’t tell you to go and do this, just a few thoughts.


7 Comments on “Tip #14: Do not apply Androgel to your genitals”

  1. James says:

    I just want to add here that I had heard of applying androgel or other T-gels to your genitals for growth, and I have tried it. There are three reasons not to do this. 1) the extra DHT may lead to increased hair loss, 2) there is no proof (that I have found) that it works, and 3) IT STINGS, IT BURNS, and it throws off your ph-balance, which may lead to a yeast infection. So… don’t do it. If you are concerned with growth, ask your doctor about a compound cream. When used with pumping, I have heard good things. However, I have not tried the cream myself. I have tried pumping, but that is for another post.

  2. Lee says:

    nit sure how old this thread is but wanted to comment that I have been using DHT gel for about a month and growth has been phenomenol! I would say approximately doubled in size. length and girth. I know DHT doesn’t work for everyone but has caused radical gains for me. if anyone wants more info or pictures, let me know!

  3. Dick says:

    Like Lee, I have no idea if this thread is outdated or not, but…. my health care provider (a female PA) found out (from a blood test) that I was taking a generic Viagra (I’m in my mid 60’s, but very active sexually). She asked me if I needed help in “that department”. I opened up to her, and explained that my rather small size had inhibited me in the past, but that it was only lately that I was having problems obtaining/maintaining an erection and also completing the act to climax.

    A subsequent blood test revealed a very low level of testosterone. I was put on a daily dosage of Androgel 1.62%, and was also told not to use it on my genitals (I later learned that the warning was required by law). However, she acted in a very sly manner and recommended a book to read…. “Listen To Your Hormones: A Doctor’s Guide To Sex, Love And Hormones …” by Dr. Abraham Harvey Kryger.

    Chapter 6 of the book dealt specifically with slowing the aging process with testosterone. Very interesting reading, to say the least.

    I highly recommend this book to any man, regardless of age, who is experiencing similar problems. I can tell you this….. I have been applying very small amounts of my Androgel prescription directly to my penis, and have been extremely impressed with the results. It takes time, but….. it worked for me.

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