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Is Bio-Identical TRT a Bunch of BS?


#1

I just met with a compounding phamacist to discuss TRT. He gave me a take home blood and saliva test to take and then send into ZRT. The test will be $344 if I decide to do it.

While sitting in his office I saw a ton of info on "bio-identical" HRT and also saw a package of T Cyponate. He was an advocate of and I feel the docs he works with are of the "bio-identical" camp. My gut feeling is the T Cyp and not the bio-identical is the way to go.

Is bio-identical a bunch of crap? I don't want to be paying for a bunch of herbal supplements.


#2

T-Cyp is bio-identical. The T is bound to an oil ester. Once seperated in the body, the Testosterone is identical to what your body produces.

The bio-identical craze is really related to female hormone replacement as there are synthetic non-bio-identical hormones woman have been prescribed (and continue to be prescribed) that do a great deal of harm to the body. I am not aware of any synthetic testosterone replacement options, anyone else know of any?

If the pharmacist compounds you a cream, he or she will be using the same basic 'stuff' that comes in T-Cyp shots less the ester plus extra things needed for transdermal application.

Creams are good (IF you can absorb them) but you should be aware of the alternatives and costs.


#3

Bio-identical is NOT BS. I feel like a champ on a product that contains it, Androgel.

Solvay needs to employ me.


#4

Well, gels generally do not have esters on them. Injection testosterone that lasts for over a day has esters in them. "Bioidentical" is sort of a misnomer because they all behave almost exactly the same in the body - though with a shot you don't have to apply it everyday.