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Pharmacokinetics and Genital Skin

Pharmacokinetics and Genital Skin

Is the permeability of penile skin and scrotal skin similar? It seems the Penis and Testicles share the same skin.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi…1111/andr.12357

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Scrotal skin is thin and has high steroid permeability, but the pharmacokinetics of testosterone via the scrotal skin route has not been studied in detail. The aim of this study was to define the pharmacokinetics of testosterone delivered via the scrotal skin route. The study was a single‐center, three‐phase cross‐over pharmacokinetic study of three single doses (12.5, 25, 50 mg) of testosterone cream administered in random sequence on different days with at least 2 days between doses to healthy eugonadal volunteers with endogenous testosterone suppressed by administration of nandrolone decanoate. Serum testosterone, DHT and estradiol concentrations were measured by liquid chromatograpy, mass spectrometry in extracts of serum taken before and for 16 h after administration of each of the three doses of testosterone cream to the scrotal skin. Testosterone administration onto the scrotal skin produced a swift (peak 1.9–2.8 h), dose‐dependent (p < 0.0001) increase in serum testosterone with the 25 mg dose maintaining physiological levels for 16 h. Serum DHT displayed a time‐ (p < 0.0001), but not dose‐dependent, increase in concentration reaching a peak concentration of 1.2 ng/mL (4.1 nm) at 4.9 h which was delayed by 2 h after peak serum testosterone. There were no significant changes in serum estradiol over time after testosterone administration. We conclude that testosterone administration to scrotal skin is well tolerated and produces dose‐dependent peak serum testosterone concentration with a much lower dose relative to the non‐scrotal transdermal route.

What they’re determining is whether uptake to the blood stream is faster by the thinner skin of the scrotum, which it appears to be.
The more rapid uptake MAY have implications for testosterone supplementation and could have broader pharmaceutical implications for other drugs or prodrugs.

What they aren’t suggesting, and isn’t suggested by those who understand anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology is that application of a transdermal preparation has enhanced effect directly below the area of application. Drugs just don’t work that way. Those that can be absorbed through the skin are absorbed into the blood stream via efferent capillaries and lymph vessels. Little to none of such a drug has local effect beyond the dermal layers themselves.

Originally Posted by Phil210
What they’re determining is whether uptake to the blood stream is faster by the thinner skin of the scrotum, which it appears to be.
The more rapid uptake MAY have implications for testosterone supplementation and could have broader pharmaceutical implications for other drugs or prodrugs.

What they aren’t suggesting, and isn’t suggested by those who understand anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology is that application of a transdermal preparation has enhanced effect directly below the area of application. Drugs just don’t work that way. Those that can be absorbed through the skin are absorbed into the blood stream via efferent capillaries and lymph vessels. Little to none of such a drug has local effect beyond the dermal layers themselves.

Right, I understand that, was just wondering the permeability of the penile skin vs the scrotal skin … are they one in the same?

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