Your suggestions are overkill. Doctors haven't a problem prescribing hormone therapy for a thyroid hormone deficiency and even that doesn't require constant monitoring by an endocrinologist. I suspect that most doctors just don't trust their patients enough to properly handle T without cross-contaminating others, especially children. They are probably correct, so a better patch should be developed.
I wish the medical establishment would spend at least the same amount of time taking on the Plastics Council in ridding the environment of the pervasive estrogen-imitators as they do in discouraging T therapy. To much pushback from the politically powerful, heh ?View Thread
I just made a post on TIPS on the topic of testosterone therapy. It's time that this subject get the attention it deserves. Some, like me, have had many years of experience with this and maybe we can be of help to the newbys. (Then again, maybe we have it all wrong.) Let's see where it goes----------
The women get much attention to their female hormone problems, but it seems that the men are just supposed to "suck it up". Well, I can attest to the fact that my quality of life has greatly improved since I faced up to the fact that I was lacking in testosterone and decided to do something about it. The fact that it is FDA classified as a CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE--SCHEDULE 3 (high potential for abuse) didn't make solving this problem any easier. Being in an HMO made it even more difficult since the doctors have to answer to their review board when they prescribe anything in SCHEDULE 3--especially when it isn't in their formulary (topical gel, not patch). Probably could have gotten a prescription for marijuana, or cocaine, easier if I'd complained of "pain and lack of appetite" (just kidding).
Low T is a pervasive, under-diagnosed problem and it seems most doctors haven't an easy way to deal with it.