Most importantly of all, you should be prepared to walk away from any steroid purchase. I talk to many guys who are so anxious to find “anything” in the AAS realm that they wind up taking big risks with uncertain products. Look at this as if it were one big game, but one with serious consequences. The counterfeiters are everywhere. They want to take your money, and offer unsterile (potentially dangerous) products in return. Let this be someone else’s problem, not yours. If something just doesn’t seem right to you, there is probably a good reason for it. Your subconscious may be noticing things that don’t immediately stand out to your conscious mind. It’s much better to walk away from a few good steroid products in the name of caution than it is to take chances with fakes. Be safe.
Transdermal patches (adhesive patches placed on the skin) may also be used to deliver a steady dose through the skin and into the bloodstream. Testosterone-containing creams and gels that are applied daily to the skin are also available, but absorption is inefficient (roughly 10%, varying between individuals) and these treatments tend to be more expensive. Individuals who are especially physically active and/or bathe often may not be good candidates, since the medication can be washed off and may take up to six hours to be fully absorbed. There is also the risk that an intimate partner or child may come in contact with the application site and inadvertently dose himself or herself; children and women are highly sensitive to testosterone and can suffer unintended masculinization and health effects, even from small doses. Injection is the most common method used by individuals administering AAS for non-medical purposes.