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I am not sure how the previous prostrate issues play into that, but all things sexual in context will improve as you have higher levels of THE sex hormone.
I had cancerous prostate removed nearly two decades ago by same urologist who has now agreed to TRT. Guess he felt guilty lol. His first comment was "I see you are still living so I must have done a good job on the surgery". The operation despite his supposed "nerve sparing" expertise totally killed erections for about a year, thankfully as nerves and blood circulation returned performance slowly improved so didnt have to go the prosthetic route. My dear wife rode through the worst with me, and we returned to our normal routine. About a year ago the HRT nurse changed her formulations and libido went through the roof. With some help from Cialis, have been keeping up but sometimes seems like it isn't effective. After seeing several doctors and taking number of lab tests, finally confirmed the the free T was fluctuating too low sometimes.

The only way the prostate issues play is the none of other doctors I visited would provide TRT for this cancer survivor.
 

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I've been on trt for about 8 years now. I was on shots until I moved and had to find a dr willing to treat my hypogonadism, they seem to be terrified of prescribing it. Been on pellets for about 5 years now, they're better than nothing but are not as good as the shots. I tend to spike high and feel great for about a month, once my levels start to drop at all I start feeling worse. I was getting 11 pellets every 3 months. Thankfully we've moved again and there's a mens clinic that will let me do shots. I prefer to give them to myself.
 

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Lol. What does DHEA do relative to testosterone? I am trying to avoid putting too many compounds into my body, according to my doctors am in phenomenal health all blood work is where it should be, just Free T is low sometimes
Building block for testosterone production. I just took my monday shot 3 hours ago. I was taking 1ml of test/cyphonate 1x/week. Dr. Grant put me on .55ml 2x week. So every Monday AM and Thursday Pam i give myself a shot. Upper outside quadrant of the thigh. 2x week has stabilized the hormones better.

You body processes the Test. through every 10 days. Those guys taking 1ml bi weekly are going almost a week dragging the bottom of the barrel. Better to half the dose twice as often. At an older age i would not start out at 1ml weekly, start at half that. I draw up with 20/22 ga needle and switch to 24ga for injecting.
 

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i have been doing TRT self injections for a couple years and love it. Happy to discuss anytime. Just message me in TAM
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My free T is sometimes dropping too low. I can tell when the libido in my head doesn't produce performance, and a blood test finally confirmed it. Recently am sometimes having the opposite effect, as if 18 years old, after wife all time and no refractory period at all, so I suspect the free T also swings too high.

Have you ever experienced anything like that? Is there a saliva or blood drop or other rapid test a person can use at home to check the levels more often, like glucose meters do? Or is a blood test at a lab the only option? Also what is the time it takes for T injection to have effect? I would hate to inject on one of my peaks. I would like to get things leveled out at some reasonable level somehow.
 

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I've been on TRT for about 5 years and went through pretty much everything. I still get bloods every quarter. It took a while to dial it in correctly, but once you do, you're good to go. Your wife may be sore for a little while at first...lol
How's your sleep? I was on TRT for 5 years and for 4 of those years had sleep issues. I would wake up in the middle of the night and struggle to get back to sleep. Evidently in checking the forums this is a common problem. I tried nearly everything to fix the issue. Finally I gave up and quit TRT, and my sleep issues went away immediately.

BTW- I second excel male.com as a good place to get info in trt
 

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My free T is sometimes dropping too low. I can tell when the libido in my head doesn't produce performance, and a blood test finally confirmed it. Recently am sometimes having the opposite effect, as if 18 years old, after wife all time and no refractory period at all, so I suspect the free T also swings too high.

Have you ever experienced anything like that? Is there a saliva or blood drop or other rapid test a person can use at home to check the levels more often, like glucose meters do? Or is a blood test at a lab the only option? Also what is the time it takes for T injection to have effect? I would hate to inject on one of my peaks. I would like to get things leveled out at some reasonable level somehow.
I am not aware of any "quick" test. I go in a couple times a year for a blood draw and have my levels checked. My doctor also explained the "life" of the T injection in my body. Not an exact science, as every persons body acts differently, but for me, I take 5ml shot, twice a week, of 200mg serum. If I skip a shot (sometimes on vacation I dot bring it with me), I can tell after a few days go by. I assume every person has to figure out the amount and frequency that works for them. Its a bit of trial and error for a few months.
 

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I am not aware of any "quick" test. I go in a couple times a year for a blood draw and have my levels checked. My doctor also explained the "life" of the T injection in my body. Not an exact science, as every persons body acts differently, but for me, I take 5ml shot, twice a week, of 200mg serum. If I skip a shot (sometimes on vacation I dot bring it with me), I can tell after a few days go by. I assume every person has to figure out the amount and frequency that works for them. Its a bit of trial and error for a few months.
.5 ml. Five ML is half the bottle.
 

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I am not aware of any "quick" test. I go in a couple times a year for a blood draw and have my levels checked. My doctor also explained the "life" of the T injection in my body. Not an exact science, as every persons body acts differently, but for me, I take 5ml shot, twice a week, of 200mg serum. If I skip a shot (sometimes on vacation I dot bring it with me), I can tell after a few days go by. I assume every person has to figure out the amount and frequency that works for them. Its a bit of trial and error for a few months.
I take the same. Testosterone level around 1100.
Do you two use a local doctor or telemedicine? I haven’t found a good local doctor for optimizing testosterone. My general practitioner would for sure freak out if my testosterone was 1100.
 

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Do you two use a local doctor or telemedicine? I haven’t found a good local doctor for optimizing testosterone. My general practitioner would for sure freak out if my testosterone was 1100.
I found a doctor near me that has a "vitality" practice. This practice specifically caters to bio-identical hormone therapy and other vitality related medicine. He also does the P-Shot, O-Shot and numerous other things, none of which I have tried.
 

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I found a doctor near me that has a "vitality" practice. This practice specifically caters to bio-identical hormone therapy and other vitality related medicine. He also does the P-Shot, O-Shot and numerous other things, none of which I have tried.
Thank you. At one time I was using a place out of Florida which was better than my local doctors but still not ideal. I’m looking into different places I can try right now.
 

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Started Testosterone injections in January of 2021, with total T 200-300, free 4-50. Initially 100mg Testosterone Cypionate every 14 days. Then 50mg every 7 days, now 150 mg every 14 days. Also taking 25mg DHEA otc daily.

I think the DHEA helps a a lot, noticed a difference after starting that. Strange the Doctor didn't recommend, but when I asked about it he acknowledged it would be good to take it because it improves free T. Strange when the patient needs to make recommendations to the MD.

PSA has remained undetectable, hemocrit is normal, all other blood work is normal. Total T 13 days after inject is 600, Free is 105. No side effects. Performance is amazing, especially given my age ( mid-70s). My next labs will be in 3 months. Extremely happy with the results. Self injection no issue for me. Urologist mentioned pellets as alternate, see no reason to move away from what am doing now.
 

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60 year old here. Have been on TRT for about five years. Original dosage was 2 ML every two weeks injection of testosterone cypionate (200 MG/ML), self-injected. About six months in started experiencing serious body acne and hair loss. Went in for blood test and total T was at 1500+ after two week cessation of dosage. Cut back to 1 ML and that helped with acne but not completely. Decided to do 1/2 dosage weekly and that helped further with both acne and with feeling of peaks and valleys. Started on finasteride (1 MG, 1X daily) about three years ago, mainly for hair loss. Hair and acne much improved.

One unintended outcome was that I bulked up significantly doing the same weight routine I had done for years, gaining nearly 15 pounds of muscle (pushing my BMI to almost 30). While I know BMI isn't a perfect indicator, my physician daughter indicated that the extra weight still meant more strain on my heart and, since I also don't want to be so bulky (I was already 5'11" and 200 lbs) I have had to alter my weight routine to try to keep from building more muscle.

Overall, I have been happy with TRT. I don't like injecting myself all that much, but I try to "turn the other cheek" each week and have discovered the most comfortable spots on both sides. It may take awhile for you to find the right dosage and timing combo, but I am glad I did it. Good luck.
 

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60 year old here. Have been on TRT for about five years. Original dosage was 2 ML every two weeks injection of testosterone cypionate (200 MG/ML), self-injected. About six months in started experiencing serious body acne and hair loss. Went in for blood test and total T was at 1500+ after two week cessation of dosage. Cut back to 1 ML and that helped with acne but not completely. Decided to do 1/2 dosage weekly and that helped further with both acne and with feeling of peaks and valleys. Started on finasteride (1 MG, 1X daily) about three years ago, mainly for hair loss. Hair and acne much improved.

One unintended outcome was that I bulked up significantly doing the same weight routine I had done for years, gaining nearly 15 pounds of muscle (pushing my BMI to almost 30). While I know BMI isn't a perfect indicator, my physician daughter indicated that the extra weight still meant more strain on my heart and, since I also don't want to be so bulky (I was already 5'11" and 200 lbs) I have had to alter my weight routine to try to keep from building more muscle.

Overall, I have been happy with TRT. I don't like injecting myself all that much, but I try to "turn the other cheek" each week and have discovered the most comfortable spots on both sides. It may take awhile for you to find the right dosage and timing combo, but I am glad I did it. Good luck.
I was taught by the Urologist's female nurse to inject vertically into the top of the thigh squeezed between fingers of the opposite hand. Painless and works well, alternate sides each injection. I actually believe 3/4ml (150mg) every 14 days is the "sweet spot" at least so far. I have no side effects. I lost about 55 lb before started TRT, so far none has come back.
 

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I was taught by the Urologist's female nurse to inject vertically into the top of the thigh squeezed between fingers of the opposite hand. Painless and works well, alternate sides each injection. I actually believe 3/4ml (150mg) every 14 days is the "sweet spot" at least so far. I have no side effects. I lost about 55 lb before started TRT, so far none has come back.
What ester are you using? I used to use cypionate every two weeks and I hated the hormonal roller coaster I was on. I just started using a cream daily and I’m pretty pleased with that.
 
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