Testosterone is not just any drug. It’s not nitrous oxide out of a balloon at a Phish show or a little weed in a brownie. “T,” (as it is known) is, by most accounts, as close to a direct anti-aging medication as science has yet produced. It can be manufactured cheaply in large quantities, and the risks seem manageable for most people. Users report increased energy, more muscle mass, decreased body fat, greater sex drive, and a general sense of well-being. In short, it’s one of the most transformative substances a human can take.
…The crux of the medical ethics issue is this: are people taking testosterone to cure a disease, or are they taking it to transcend the limitations normally imposed on an aging human body?
Estrogen is given to a patient as medicine, what is different for testosterone? The article makes light of how trans men have changed access to testosterone.
The downside of taking testosterone? It decreases fertility, enlarges the prostate, and causes other issues. Though, I don’t think men in their 70s are worried about fertility…