Many guys find testosterone injection intimidating, perhaps because there isn’t enough information about it to get started. Men ask for complete details and for that, below is a brief discussion on what you need to know about TRT when getting started.
Testosterone injection done once a week causes spikes in the level of testosterone followed by lows. This can make you feel worse by the end of the end compared to your pre-TRT stare. Later on, the dead zone gets broader, feeling no relief with testosterone injection. This makes injecting twice a week or every other day (EOD) much better.
When you have frequent injections, the volumes are too small, using #29 0.5ml 50IU insulin syringes. You can inject in the muscle at the side of your thighs (vastus lateralis). The injection loads very slowly, however, the tiny plunger causes very high pressures. Never use 1.0ml syringes. The same size of syringe can be used for HCG injections.
Small needles cause less muscle damage. Some use #25 needle but this may not be faster compared to 50IU insulin needles. A clinical research has found that testosterone injection through subcutaneous tissue, which is under the skin into the body fat, provide a steadier levels of testosterone and enhances sense of well-being.
For men who exercise, sweat or shower a lot, transdermal testosterone gels and creams are not advised. Transdermal creams and patches are quite hefty and about 10 percent only of its testosterone content is absorbed. Also, men who have low levels of thyroid hormones don’t efficiently absorb testosterone administered topically.
Some people absorbs transdermal creams at the beginning, however, changes in the skin can prevent absorption after some time. With testosterone injections. There are no uncertainties or limitations when it comes to delivery of the drug.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is a water-based peptide hormone that is injected to replenish lost luteinizing hormone (LH) that TRT suppresses. A lack of hCG can result to deactivation of LH receptors present in the testes. This results in:
When you inject hCG, you administer it into the fat beneath the skin the same as diabetics administer insulin. Research on the use of subcutaneous injection in men has showed the effectiveness of 250IU EOD dose. You can look for diabetes patient education material on how to administer insulin injection to be used for testosterone injection or hCG.
Elevated serum estradiol/E2 (30pg/ml and above) can interfere many benefits of testosterone injection. A serum estradiol equivalent to 22pg/ml is near optimal and to be able to get near this level, a person should take Anastrozole. Many men who began with TRT experienced favourable results that later on faded as estrogen levels increase.
My advice is to begin Anastrozole at 1.0mg per week in divided doses beginning at the day of your first injection. Then follow up estrogen lab tests for any necessary Anastrozole dose adjustments. It is not a good idea to wait and check if your estrogen levels increase before taking action. Take Anastrozole EOD if possible.
Testosterone injection with a dose of 100mg should result in 800 to 900 total testosterone (TT) range. While this is a good result, monitor your free testosterone (FT) or the bio-available testosterone. Some doctors won’t bother looking at the TT numbers at all. With age, SHBG (Sex hormone-binding globulin) levels increase while FT levels decrease.
See, a TT of 1000 of a young man won’t be the same as the TT of 1000 for an older man with high SHBG levels, because the FT level of the older man will likewise be well below, even though they have the same TT. Lab ranges presented on lab reports are age-adjusted.
Further, you have to know about prostate-specific antigen (PSA), problems in the prostate and digital rectal exam. Estrogen is a major factor of enlarged prostate or BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia). Many find that decreasing estrogen to 22pg/ml improves their urine flow as well as BPH. You also have to monitor your haematocrit levels as part of routine lab work.
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Saleamp Design January 17th, 2017
Posted In: Testosterone Therapy
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