Hi All, I just joined the forum and this looks like a good place to learn about and discuss TRT related issues. I’m 56. I first had my T levels tested a few years ago. I didn’t have any symptoms at the time, I just wanted to see where they were at. Total T came back at 425 ng/dL. A little low but with no symptoms I didn’t pursue it at the time. Last year I think I was starting to notice systems and had my levels checked during my physical. Total T was 375 ng/dL with a standard range of 250 - 1,100 ng/dL and free T was 63 with a standard range of 35.0 - 155.0 pg/mL. I still didn’t pursue it.
But by this year I was definitely experiencing systems and the results came back at 303 ng/dL & 38 pg/mL. I decided to talk to my doc about it and he was happy to start TRT. After working through some issues with my insurance I started on 50 mg daily of Androgel in February. So far so good. My symptoms resolved quickly. The fatigue, difficulty concentrating, low sex-drive, mediocre erections, and difficulty achieving climax are all a thing of the past or at least significantly improved. I don’t know what my numbers look like now but I’m scheduled to be retested in a few weeks.
I notice a lot of folks here seem to prefer the injections and read that some people don’t absorb the gel well. It’s clear that there is not a 1:1 equivalence of the dosing as my 50mg a day is 350mg a week and that’s just the standard, lowest dose. I find the gel application pretty convenient and my insurance covers everything but an $8 a month co-pay so cost is not a factor. So far I’ve seen no negative side affects. I want to see what the numbers look like before making any changes. I’m also still researching the “ideal” levels. If I’m going to go through the trouble of doing this I might as well get optimal results rather than just acceptable. I’ll report back with my numbers once I test again.