Hormones 101

How to Legally Buy Testosterone Online

by Mike McAvennie11/22/2021

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Yes, it’s legal. You’ll need a prescription, but we can help you get your TRT virtually.

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It’s true: You can buy testosterone online in a way that’s both safe and legal.

We understand — buying testosterone, whether online or from a doctor’s office, can be concerning. The truth is, with the dawning of the telehealth age upon us, purchasing testosterone online is safer than ever. Plus, stringent safeguards in telemedicine have helped ensure that it 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?


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It is 100 percent legal to buy testosterone online, provided you have a prescription. 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.

What do those guidelines entail? It’s quite simple, really. Online pharmacies require you to have a medical condition that has been validly diagnosed by a physician with whom there is a legitimate doctor/patient relationship. Online physicians can prescribe testosterone once a preliminary blood panel, a history and physical exam have been established. Additionally, it must be documented that doctor and patient have discussed the risks and benefits of using testosterone based on the patient’s lab values, medical history and symptom profile.

Both physicians and pharmacies operating online must be based and licensed within the United States. Many states, in fact, require the online physician to be licensed in the very state where a patient is located. As for pharmacies that don’t offer an actual US address or claim they can provide testosterone prescriptions online after a patient fills out a short form, do not engage with them. Having you fill out a short form does not qualify you to receive a viable, legal prescription.

You may think that there are a lot of steps to this process. But they’re necessary and completely for your benefit and wellbeing. 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. (Increasing athletic or sexual performance, age-related decrease of testosterone and so on.)

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.


What's the Process to Get Testosterone Online from Hone?


Hone understands that getting legal testosterone online 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. If you experience one or several symptoms that may be attributable to low testosterone, be proactive and have your hormones tested. One way to do so is to order Hone’s at-home hormone assessment, collect a sample and mail it to a lab that partners with Hone and is CLIA- and CAP-accredited. It’s simple, pain-free and done in the privacy of your home.

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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. From there, you will purchase an active monthly subscription plan through Hone, which will collect all pertinent demographic information, set up your prescription with the pharmacy and ensure the monthly delivery of your medication to your home.

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5. Monitor and reassess every 90 days. Hone will send you an at-home hormone reassessment for you to perform every 90 days, the results of which will be reviewed by your doctor and you. These reassessments will help determine how well your treatment is working and if any adjustments to your TRT are required. You must complete retesting your hormones and consulting with your doctor every three months to avoid delays in receiving your prescribed treatment. (Also know that 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. 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 an AAS. However, they’re 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 — decreased sperm count, gynecomastia, testicular shrinkage, kidney or liver damage, and heart trouble, just to name a few. They’re also potentially addictive.


Always Follow Your TRT Treatment Regimen


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It can be just as problematic when men get their testosterone legally, but don’t follow the TRT regimen as prescribed by the physician. Some men want to “get swole” and pick up more gains in the gym, or boost their sex drive in the bedroom.

Granted, those are some of the benefits TRT can provide, 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 Getting Legal Testosterone


If you’re ready to get started, you can order Hone’s at-home lab panel here. You can follow the process we outlined above or, if you have additional questions, we invite you to check out our site’s Knowledge Base section. There you’ll find answers to topics such as:

  • Where Hone Health services are available

  • 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

Should you still have any questions that aren’t listed within Hone’s Knowledge Base, please feel free to contact us at support@honehealth.com.


References:

[1] Drug Scheduling. United States Drug Enforcement Agency.

[2] Mulhall JP, Trost LW, Brannigan RE, Kurtz EG, Redmon JB, Chiles KA, Lightner DJ, Miner MM, Murad MH, Nelson CJ, Platz EA, Ramanathan LV, Lewis RW. Evaluation and Management of Testosterone Deficiency: AUA Guideline. J Urol. 2018 Aug;200(2):423-432. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2018.03.115. Epub 2018 Mar 28. PMID: 29601923.

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