Side effects come from TRT that is not done properly or not addressing any other problems such as low thyroid function or low cortisol.
At your age, some effort should have been made to find out why your T was low as low-T is a symptom, not the disease.
Most common side effect is from elevated estradiol - E2. Your body aromatizes T–>E2 and an aromatase inhibitor can be used to modulate E2 to an optimal level. Drug of choice is 1mg anastrozole per week in divided doses.
Testes typically can get quite small and scrotum can pull up tight as TRT shuts down LH/FSH. Injected hCG can compensate.
You should self inject T:
- 50mg twice a week
- 0.5mg anastrozole at time of injections
- 250iu hCG SC EOD to preserver the testes and fertility
Use # 29 0.5ml 1/2" insulin syringes to inject T
Same for hCG or #31 0.5ml 5/16"
Read these stickies found here: About the T Replacement Category
- advice for new guys - provide more info
- things that damage your hormones
- protocol for injections
- finding a TRT doc
Please to not disregard any references to iodine, iodized salt and thyroid. Most guys here have some issues.
Post your pre-TRT labs with ranges.
It is important that LH/FSH was tested, too late now.
Long term, TRT reduces heart attacks and strokes VS non-treatment.