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Changes to appearance and body image

Changes to appearance and body image

Testosterone deficiency can result in a range of signs and symptoms, often including unwanted changes to your body such as:1

  • Decreased body hair (not including balding)
  • Gynaecomastia (sometimes called ‘man boobs’)
  • Reduced muscle size and strength
  • Obesity/increased waistline
  • Height loss

If you have noticed any of these issues affecting you, you should speak to your doctor and ask if it may be related to your testosterone levels.

Find out more information on when you can expect your symptoms to improve during treatment for testosterone deficiency.

Maintaining a positive body image

Self-esteem is important and can have a big effect on confidence.

It’s important to remember that testosterone therapy can have an effect on the symptoms affecting your body image and so these changes may not be permanent.

In the meantime, there are some steps you can take to help you feel more positive about the way you look:

  1. Dress to impress. If you have gained weight or lost muscle mass you may find that your clothes don’t quite fit like they used to. Regardless of your body shape/size, wearing clothes that fit you properly shows others that you put time and effort into your appearance.
  2. Exercise to feel good. Of course, exercise plays a part in helping to lose unwanted weight. However, studies have shown that regardless of whether exercise leads to weight loss, it can help you feel fit, which can increase your body confidence.2
  3. Pay attention to your body language. The way you see yourself isn’t always the same as the way others see you and body language can play a part in this. Adopting a good posture, as well as maintaining eye contact and smiling when talking to people are simple tips to help portray yourself as confident. This may help to reassure you that others aren’t in fact thinking poorly of you, so you can also feel good about yourself.

Track your progress using the T Track app

Manage your testosterone deficiency, track your symptoms and find out everything you need to know about Testogel® 16.2mg/g gel all in the app.

Download the app on iOS or Android.

Find out about the T Track app

T-track app


  1. Hackett G, Kirby M, Edwards D, et al. British Society for Sexual Medicine Guidelines on Adult Testosterone Deficiency, With Statements for UK Practice. J Sex Med. 2017;14(12):1504–1523.
  2. Sani SHZ, Fathiresaie Z, Brand S, et al. Physical activity and self-esteem: testing direct and indirect relationships associated with psychological and physical mechanisms. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2016;12:2617–2625.

BHUK/2020/025. April 2021.

Adverse event reporting

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this packaged leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.