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First Post/First Self Injection

First post.
Just gave myself my first T Cypionate injection. Not bad at all. 200mg once every two weeks.

The only thing I forgot to do was draw the plunger out a bit to check for blood. I hope it’s not a huge deal. Upper outside thigh. 23ga 1.5".

You’re in for a hormonal hell with a protocol like that, you and your doctor need to read the stickies regarding protocols. Any doctor who issues a protocol like this likely won’t be able to help you if you present with side effects like high E2, time for a new doctor! You need to spit the dose into 100mg once or 50mg twice weekly to keep you levels more stable otherwise you’re going to start feeling horrible in the second week.

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Yes read the stickies. No need to be harpooning yourself with 23 gauge needles! Ouch! You can go a lot smaller if go sc.

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1.5" needle for glutes, 1" for quads and delts. I use 23g in quads with no issues.

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He first wanted to do 200mg once a month! I need to find another Dr!

You were exactly right, mid second week I felt like hammered hell. I’m going to try 50mg twice a week going forward. I have enough T to last two months, hopefully I can find a more knowledgeable physician in the meantime.

Advice is much appreciated guys!

You need to inject twice a week, subq, not IM, #29 1/2" 0.5ml insulin syringes.

You do not want a lifetime of muscle damage from IM. This is not a contest to see how macho you can be with needles.

You also need to track and manage E2 levels and need hCG to prevent testicular shrinkage and loss of fertility.

Please read the stickies found here: About the T Replacement Category

  • advice for new guys - need more info about you
  • things that damage your hormones
  • protocol for injections
  • finding a TRT doc

Evaluate your overall thyroid function by checking oral body temperatures as per the thyroid basics sticky. Thyroid hormone fT3 is what gets the job done and it regulates mitochondrial activity, the source of ATP which is the universal currency of cellular energy. This is part of the body’s temperature control loop. This can get messed up if you are iodine deficient. In many countries, you need to be using iodized salt. Other countries add iodine to dairy or bread.

KSman is simply a regular member on this site. Nothing more other than highly active.

I can be a bit abrupt in my replies and recommendations. I have a lot of ground to cover as this forum has become much more active in the last two years. I can’t follow threads that go deep over time. You need to respond to all of my points and requests as soon as possible before you fall off of my radar. The worse problems are guys who ignore issues re thyroid, body temperatures, history of iodized salt. Please do not piss people off saying that lab results are normal, we need lab number and ranges.

The value that you get out of this process and forum depends on your effort and performance. The bulk of your learning is reading/studying the suggested stickies.

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Thank you. I’ve read the stickies, maybe I need to re-read them. As I said before, advice is much appreciated.