Approximately 6 years ago, my doctor put me on the Androderm patch because my test number was in the low 200’s. I never really had any testing done afterwards to see how being on the patch affected my #. But over the next 5 years, I was on and off the patch due to changes in insurance and physician. So I was never on it for more than about 3 months at a time.
For my 2015, 2016, and 2017 yearly physicals, my test number was around 500. Again, not consistently on the patch. But whenever I was on the patch short term, I noticed a dramatic improvement in my mood, memory, and clarity of thinking. I’ve always suffered from depression and just a general “foggy” state of mind. So at my 2017 physical in January, my new doctor put me back on the patch and I was able to stay on it for an entire year. At my 2018 physical, my # had dropped to 299. So I do a little research and learn that my own test production shuts down while on the patch.
Now during the past year, I felt amazing. Great mood, great memory, just the best I’ve ever felt mentally and emotionally. But about 6 months into the use of the patch, my sex drive became non-existent and I couldn’t maintain an erection for longer than about 30 seconds. I just assumed it was because I am 46 years old and was a natural part of aging. But when I got my low test # back at my 2018 physical and did some research, I realized that my sex drive and erection problems were most likely caused by the patch.
So now I’ve been off the patch for about 5 weeks. My sex drive has slowly returned, as well as my erections. But I also feel like shit again. Depressed, tired, groggy, can’t remember anything. I feel like I need to be on the patch to feel good, but I can’t let it affect my sex life. During my research on the forums, it sounds like I need to be on HCG and Arimidex. Is it as simple as that? And if so, do I need to stay off the patch a while longer to allow my natural system to get back up to speed? When I discussed these issues with my doctor, he said he could refer me to the in-house endo. If I can’t get a prescription for HCG and Arimidex, what are my options? Not looking to pin gear……