There are many variables to consider when calculating the monthly cost of testosterone therapy, which can make it difficult to budget for a specific amount.
The cost can actually fluctuate on a monthly or weekly basis as your therapist attempts to balance your dosages and concentrations. The involvement of insurance plans may also affect cost, reducing the out-of-pocket price for therapy that your provider deems medically necessary. But, we are here to discuss the price of testosterone without insurance. Let’s do just that.
Your therapist can create a custom program to help determine total costs for your unique needs, including:
The following are the average price ranges for different testosterone delivery systems; these costs are based on the national North American average, which does not account for local pricing levels:
Testosterone injections often cost less than other methods of testosterone delivery, and can range from a low cost of $40 a month to as high as $400 a month, depending on dosage and injection frequency.
Testosterone Pellets are small, 3 mm by 9 mm pellets that contain crystalline testosterone. Implanted under the skin, these pellets are a long-acting form of testosterone therapy and slowly release testosterone over the course of three to six months. The price usually begins around $500 and may increase depending on dosage.
Oral testosterone is available; however, some experts believe it can have negative effects on the liver and opt for alternative methods. Oral tablets by prescription can cost between $100 and $300 depending on dosage and frequency.
Testosterone gels and creams are applied topically and can cost between $200 and $500 a month depending on dosage and concentration.
Like gels and creams, dermal adhesive patches administer testosterone into the bloodstream through the skin. They also have a similar price point, costing between $200 and $500 a month depending on dosage and frequency.
Testosterone buccal systems are patches that adhere to the gums or inside the cheek. They are usually applied twice daily, every 12 hours, and tend to cost between $200 and $500 a month.
Testosterone therapy is an important step in a patient’s journey through transitioning. Although seemingly expensive, it is an essential component of the process, as it introduces a hormone associated with the gender of which the patient identifies.