Hey guys. Just thought I'd share my story.
I'm 37 now. In my late 20s, I started getting the idea that something wasn't right (actually, my wife convinced me that something wasn't right). Mainly, libido/ED problems. At 29, I went to my doctor (small town GP), and he ordered a testosterone check. I don't remember the number, but I think it was 300-something, and he told me that I'm low, but still within the normal range, and since I have a good amount of body hair and the hair on my head was thinning that I'm fine. Gave me some Viagra samples and sent me on my way.
Fast forward to last year, I was 36, and my wife convinced me to go to the doctor (we had since moved to a big city where there are more options). She didn't like having a nearly sexless marriage. So I went to a urologist, since I wanted to get my nuts cut anyway. T levels came back low (200-something range maybe?), and he recommended TRT. His protocol is to jump start patients with 200mg/wk of Test C for four weeks just to see if there is any response.
Let me put it this way... I told my wife, "if this is what it's supposed to feel like being a man, I've missed out my whole life." People talk about losing confidence, energy, motivation, etc. Well, apparently I never had it. I never did understand the whole male macho attitude, competitiveness, confidence, etc. I've always been pretty much the most passive guy out there. I never, ever got angry at anything. Zero competitive spirit. While on that cycle, I felt this confidence. I actually started making snarky comments on online message boards! ha.
Well, my doc is open minded, but fairly conservative. After the 4-week cycle, we tried gels. He starts me off at a low dose for a month. Did nothing. So he upped the dose, and made me try it for another month. After a couple months I felt nothing (don't remember my numbers but they were low). Finally I took it upon myself to just about bathe in the stuff for a couple weeks. No improvement. I went back and told him that gels weren't going to work, so he put me on injections. I don't remember the dose he started with, but it was every two weeks. Made me try it for a month. This going on for awhile.
Luckily, he's open minded, and I told him I needed a higher dose and I needed it every week. He says as long as my numbers aren't dangerously high, he's cool.
So now I'm on 200mg/wk of Test C. My TT is stable right around 650. From what I've gathered, that's a fairly high dose for TRT and my T levels aren't that high on it.
Now, over the last 8 months, I've had a massive increase in muscle mass (I lift weights regularly), huge weight gain (165 to 205, some muscle, some fat, partly due to TRT, partly due to quitting skoal and working from home near the kitchen). I've noticed some increase in body hair. Minor shoulder acne. Hair on my head was already thinning, but doesn't seem to be getting thinner (I wish it would all fall out honestly, I shave my head and it would be easier). My nuts have shrunk (don't care), pretty sure they don't work anymore (don't care about babies, I had the vasectomy); one blood test during the trials showed TT at 78 (I think it was 2 weeks after an injection).
So, yeah, that's where I am now. I feel better, but I don't really think I'm where I want to be. I will probably switch doctors. I like mine, but he does not prescribe at home injections. I like not having to do it, but I hate having to go to his office every week.