There was once a time when I was a totally close minded and jerk of a poster who in addition to acting inappropriately on several forums here, used to express my thought that gel was superior to shots even though I did not use shots. I guess some men take time to grow up and open their minds, me being one of them.
Anyway, about a year and a half ago I switched to shots because, despite putting on a shirt after my nightly application of Testim, some testosterone transferred to my fiance. I found putting Testim on in the morning inconvenient and during the blazing heat wave we had in the summer of 2013, we New Yorkers would sweat just taking a walk outside and I felt remnants of the gel on my body mixed with the sweat, which was not good for absorption either.
I felt pretty good on gels, and my values were regularly at 700 to 1000 ng/dl, with the occasional value of 500 or so. However, at times, even when T was normal, I felt as if something was off or missing and although my libido and sexual functioning was very strong at times, it was not as consistent as pre-TRT.
My prescription for injections is 100 mg testosterone cypionate per week. I usually inject subcutaneously with a tuberculin syringe but now and then will do IM because I have god knows how many prescribed syringes here and I don't want to wastefully throw them out. I have no problems with IM once per week, never had any scar tissue or bruising.
I have felt no swings with once per week injections. Almost every time my levels were checked mid week or past mid week since last injection they measured in the mid-700's to mid-800's. Libido and functioning has been far better with injections! I have used no HCG during the past year and a half. I am waiting on my 9,000 IU per week script for fertility (off TRT while I will take this), but my friend gave me some spare stuff and I have been using 250 IU two times per week while I wait for the script.
I was concerned with the peaks and valleys with injections but I have not experienced anything bad.
Anyone else try both?