How to Legally Buy Testosterone Online
- You can buy testosterone online legally from companies that are in legal compliance with federal guidelines.
- Avoid buying testosterone from companies that don’t require lab assessments, prescriptions, or that sell anabolic steroids.
- Hone complies with all legal guidelines and makes getting testosterone online simple if you have a testosterone deficiency.
Buying testosterone online or from a doctor’s office can be a big step. But online testosterone therapy is legal and safer than ever, as long as you’re working with a reputable company.
Stringent safeguards in telemedicine have helped ensure that prescribing testosterone can happen only if all parties (doctor, patient, and pharmacy) remain in legal compliance with the guidelines imposed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
So how do you go about buying testosterone online, legally? It’s natural to have questions. Fortunately, we can provide you with in-depth answers.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a sex hormone that all humans have. During puberty, testosterone controls the development of your penis and testes, sperm production, facial hair growth, and voice deepening (2).
But your body also needs to maintain enough testosterone as you age to remain healthy—both mentally and physically. Testosterone is involved in maintaining fertility, supporting muscle growth, energy, and mental clarity.
As you age—starting in your thirties—your testosterone levels start to dip by around one percent every year. Overtime, declining T levels can cause these symptoms of low testosterone, according to James Staheli, D.O.:
- Loss of Muscle Tone
- Mental Fog
- Memory Loss
- Joint Pain
- Low Libido
- Decreased Exercise Tolerance
- Weight Gain
- Decline in confidence
About the Expert:
James R. Staheli, D.O., is the Medical Director for Broad Health, Hone Health’s affiliated medical practice and a family medicine doctor, with a specialization in men’s hormone health.
Different Forms of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Not fond of needles? Can’t seem to remember to apply a daily topical treatment? Luckily, there are several different forms of testosterone replacement therapy that can cater to your preferences and treatment needs.
Testosterone injections are one of the most popular forms of TRT—for good reason. According to Staheli, injections boast several benefits like longer presence of testosterone in the blood, less frequent administration, and a low cost of treatment.
Injections can be given subcutaneously (meaning into the fatty tissue, just under your skin) or into your muscle. Staheli notes thats subcutaneous injections tend to be less painful than intramuscular.
However, he says that there’s a risk of injection site irritation.
Testosterone troches are dissolvable lozenges that are taken by mouth once or twice per day. Within 30 minutes, testosterone is released into your system.
But if you find it difficult to remember to take medication troches may not be for you. According to Staheli, compliance is the biggest reason that troches don’t work for some men.
Troches may cause mild side effects like burping, heartburn, and headache.
Gels and creams
If needles aren’t your thing, daily topical treatments—like testosterone gel or cream—can deliver T noninvasively.
But you’ll need to be careful not to accidentally get testosterone gel on a female partner’s skin. Accidental exposure can cause enlargement of the clitoris, development of pubic hair, facial hair, oily skin and acne, increased libido, aggressive behavior, and advanced bone age, according to Staheli.
If you’re nervous about getting your topical testosterone treatment on your partner, patches could be a better alternative.
Testosterone patches look and work similarly to the nicotine patches you can get over-the-counter to quit smoking. When applied, your skin absorbs the testosterone slowly through the patch.
Can You Legally Buy Testosterone Online?
Yes! It is 100 percent legal to buy testosterone online, as long as you have a prescription, and the site that you are buying from follows DEA guidelines.
If a site states that you don’t require a prescription or don’t need to show proof of a diagnosed medical condition, do not buy testosterone or any other prescription medication from them. They are not in compliance with DEA guidelines, and chances are they’re operating illegally.
These guidelines are completely for your benefit and well-being. Here’s what they entail:
- Having a health condition that has been validly diagnosed by a physician with whom there is a legitimate doctor/patient relationship.
- Establishing a preliminary blood panel, a history, and a physical exam.
- Documentation that the doctor and patient have discussed the risks and benefits of using testosterone based on the patient’s lab values, medical history, and symptom profile.
- That the physician and pharmacy operating online are based and licensed within the United States. Many states require the physician to be licensed in the very state where a patient is located.
If a pharmacy doesn’t have an actual US address or claims they can provide testosterone prescriptions online after you fill out a short form, do not engage with them. Filling out a form does not qualify you to receive a viable, legal prescription.
Why These Guidelines Are In Place
Testosterone is a male steroid hormone (though testosterone therapy is not the same as taking anabolic steroids). Your body makes testosterone when a message is sent from the brain to the pituitary gland, which fires a signal to the testicles to produce testosterone.
In the years since testosterone was first synthesized in the 1930s, it has been sold for reasons other than to treat clinically significant deficient hormone levels in men.
To address the problem, the US government’s Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990 placed testosterone and other anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) in Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act. According to the DEA’s website, Schedule III drugs, substances or chemicals are defined as drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.
If any pharmacy or physician tells you differently, they are either committing an illegal act or they are not offering you legitimate testosterone.
How Do I Buy Testosterone Online from Hone?
If you have a clinical testosterone deficiency and you want to buy testosterone online, you can feel safe ordering it from Hone.
We are fully compliant with all federal and state laws regarding the prescription and sale of testosterone. Our team has worked tirelessly to provide you with a safe, legal, and simple step-by-step process.
1. Measure your biomarkers
If you experience one or several symptoms of low testosterone levels (some common ones include irritability, weight gain, erectile dysfunction, decreased muscle mass, hair loss on the body, and a low libido), be proactive and have your hormones tested. One way to do so is to order Hone’s at-home hormone assessment.
You’ll collect a blood sample (just a finger prick!) in the privacy of your home, and mail it to the lab that partners with Hone.
Hone’s partner lab is accredited by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all clinical laboratory testing performed on humans in the United States through CLIA.
2. Consult with a Hone-affiliated physician
After the lab tests your levels for multiple hormones, including your total and free testosterone levels, they’ll contact you with the results of your blood test.
From there, you’ll schedule a telehealth consultation with a board-certified physician.
These doctors, licensed in your home state, specialize in the fields of hormone optimization, endocrinology, urology, and internal medicine.
3. Discuss treatment plans with your doctor
During your consultation, your physician will go over the results of your hormone assessment and discuss how you’re feeling before recommending any course of treatment.
You can find out more specific details on what it’s like to have a conversation with a doctor regarding testosterone and TRT here.
If, after reviewing your blood work, the doctor’s diagnosis is that your T levels are significantly and clinically deficient, they will explain the different types of hormone therapy and supplements available to you, as well as each method’s particular benefits.
Some of the treatment options offered by Hone that they might discuss include testosterone cypionate (the most commonly prescribed form of testosterone), clomiphene citrate (a medication used for hypogonadism and low T), and Anastrazole, which is used when men have elevated estrogen levels.
They will also discuss possible side effects of each treatment. TRT side effects can include increased red blood cell production (which can increase the risk for blood clots and high blood pressure), testicle shrinkage, and decreased sperm count.
Also, note that your healthcare provider will recommend TRT first; you must undergo a confirmatory assessment to verify the doctor’s initial diagnosis before you receive a prescription.
4. Subscribe to your customized treatment
Once a second blood test confirms the initial diagnosis and recommended treatment, your doctor will document and issue a valid, current, electronic prescription for your TRT medication and dosage.
After that, you purchase an active monthly subscription plan through Hone, which will collect pertinent demographic information, set up your prescription with the pharmacy, and ensure the monthly delivery of your medication to your home.
5. Monitor and reassess
Hone will send you an at-home hormone reassessment for you to perform every 90 days. The results will be reviewed by your doctor and you.
These reassessments help determine how well your treatment is working and if any adjustments to your TRT are required.
Complete retesting your hormones and consulting with your doctor every three months to avoid delays in receiving your prescribed treatment. (You can also arrange with Hone to have your reassessment done on-site at a local lab.)
Are Anabolic Steroids and Other Products Offered Effective for TRT?
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about anabolic steroids and whether or not they improve T levels. If you’re considering buying testosterone online, you may come across companies that offer anabolic steroids.
In no uncertain terms: Anabolic steroids are not an effective form of testosterone replacement therapy.
Anabolic steroids may contain some testosterone or include chemical elements designed to act like androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS)—synthetic derivatives of testosterone.
However, anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that modify natural testosterone. They aren’t the genuine thing, and that can be detrimental to you in the long run.
Doctors that prescribe TRT do so with the smallest dose necessary to help restore natural hormone balance. The dosages found in anabolic steroids or other products “mimicking” TRT are often provided in much higher, and potentially dangerous, dosages that can adversely impact your body in a myriad of ways, including:
- Decreased sperm count
- Gynecomastia (breast enlargement)
- Testicular shrinkage
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
- Heart trouble
Anabolic steroids are also potentially addictive.
Know your T
Follow Your TRT Treatment Regimen
Buying testosterone online legally is the first step. The next: follow the TRT regimen prescribed by your physician.
Some guys want to “get swole” and pick up more gains in the gym, lose weight, or boost their sex drive.
TRT can provide these benefits—and they’re great to experience. However, they’re not enough to justify a TRT prescription. And they’re definitely not a reason why you should ever alter your treatment regimen without a doctor’s approval.
You’re on TRT to restore T levels that have dropped significantly below what the American Urological Association (AUA) (1) categorizes as normal.
By restoring those low levels, you’re also helping other functions in your body to perform the way that they should. Changing that up without consulting your doctor or not following their medical advice is not only risky to your health, it can also be illegal, and it can invalidate your TRT prescription.
You’ve done all the hard work; you tested your levels, got your testosterone online from a licensed physician and pharmacy.
Don’t go off-book now.
Follow your testosterone treatment regimen as it has been prescribed, and you’ll find the benefits to be well worth your while.
Your Next Steps to Buy Testosterone Online Legally
If you’re ready to get started, you can order Hone’s at-home assessment.
You can follow the process outlined above or, if you have additional questions, check out our site’s Knowledge Base, where you can find information about topics such as:
- Where Hone Health services are available
- A full breakdown of lab panels included in your membership
- At-home sample collection tips
- Testosterone injection instructions
- When your lab results will become available and how to view them
The Bottom Line
If you suspect that you have low testosterone levels, ordering Hone’s at-home assessment can assess your levels. If they are low and a physician prescribes testosterone replacement therapy, you can set up a prescription. Following your prescribed protocol is important. You should not make changes without consulting your doctor.