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.
We understand—buying testosterone online or from a doctor’s office can be a big step, and you want to make sure that you’re doing it safely and legally.
With telehealth, buying testosterone online is safer than ever. 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).
How do you go about obtaining testosterone online, legally? It’s natural to have some basic questions about it. Fortunately, we can provide you with in-depth answers.
Is It Legal to Buy Testosterone Online?
It is 100 percent legal to buy testosterone online, provided 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 from them. They are not in compliance with DEA guidelines, and chances are they’re operating illegally.
These guidelines are necessary and completely for your benefit and wellbeing. Here’s what they entail:
- Having a medical 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 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 online 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. In the years since it was first synthesized in the 1930s, it has been sold for reasons other than to treat clinically significant deficient hormone levels in males. For example, some men want to buy testosterone online to increase athletic or sexual performance or the age-related decrease of testosterone.
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 (1), 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 different, they are either committing an illegal act or they are not offering you legitimate testosterone.
How Do I Buy Testosterone Online from Hone?
Hone understands that if you want to buy testosterone online, it can sometimes feel daunting. 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
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.
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Hone is fully compliant with all federal and state laws regarding the prescription and sale of testosterone.
2. Consult with a Hone-affiliated physician
After the lab tests your levels for multiple hormones, including your total and free testosterone, they’ll contact you with the results.
From there, you’ll schedule an online video 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 options 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 the doctor’s diagnosis is that your T levels are significantly and clinically deficient, they will explain the different types of testosterone replacement therapy and supplements available to you, as well as each method’s particular benefits and potential side effects.
Also note that they 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 assessment 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.)
Find out from the comfort and privacy of your own home with Hone’s at-home assessment.
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.
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, or boost their sex drive in the bedroom.
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) (2) categorizes as normal.
By restoring those levels, you’re also helping other functions in your body to perform the way that they should. Changing that up without your doctor’s permission 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 TRT 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 testing kit.
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
If you have questions that aren’t listed within Hone’s Knowledge Base, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bottom Line
If you suspect that you have low testosterone, ordering Hone’s at-home test 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.