Side Effects of Testosterone Boosters

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Testosterone is a sex hormone that causes development of male characteristics and is made in larger amounts in men and small amounts in women. The use of testosterone boosters may be done to enhance athletic performance or physical appearance, especially in body building. Testosterone boosters can have side effects in both men and women including changes of the hair and skin, organ damage and cancer.

Acne

Testosterone boosters can over stimulate the sebaceous glands of the skin and result in severe acne especially on the face, chest and back.

Masculinization

Women who use testosterone boosters may experience masculinization of the voice, enlargement of the clitoris, and an increase in body hair.

Baldness

According to the Mayo Clinic, men who take testosterone boosters may increase the pace of male-pattern baldness.

Diabetes

The use of testosterone boosters can cause sudden spikes or drops in blood sugar levels, which can be life threatening for diabetics.

Enlarged prostate

Men taking testosterone boosters may experience an enlarged prostate, which can cause painful and frequent urination and difficulty starting urination.

Liver damage

High amounts of testosterone in the body can cause liver damage including cirrhosis (scarring) and liver cancer.

Breast cancer

Testosterone boosters can cause the development of new breast cancers in both men and women or advance the growth of existing breast cancers.

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