Testosterone therapy (TT) is typically only used by older individuals that are combating the side effects of their age-related testosterone deficit. Medically, there are only specific demographics that receive TT to treat their symptoms.
The most prominent group that receives testosterone therapy are older males. The typical age-range for treatment is between 40 and 65 years-of-age. This is when many of the negative symptoms of low testosterone manifest. However, younger men whose conditions require immediate attention can also receive TT.
Adults who possess less-than-average levels of testosterone (less than 300 ng/dl) must qualify to receive treatment. Ultimately, the prescription of TT depends on the physician’s discretion. Prescribing testosterone therapy to adults over 30 is not unheard of, as negative side effects of low testosterone can reveal themselves as early as this. However, there are children that also, technically qualify for TT, suffering from low hormone levels. Are these young boys qualified, too?
When medically prescribed, any individual can receive testosterone therapy. Their needs must be verifiable and based in actual concern for the child’s health. In some cases, delayed puberty or other obvious hormonal imbalances occur as a result of testosterone deficiency. Boys that suffer from low testosterone levels present valid medical reasoning that qualifies them to receive expertly-dosed levels of TT.
Though it is not nearly as common, women can also receive TT. However, the context is much different. Women qualify for testosterone therapy in cases of metastatic breast cancer. Testosterone therapy is one mode of treatment used to combat the spreading cancer. This also applies to girls of all ages, though breast cancer is most commonly an adult ailment.