I am a new member and arrived with many questions. But knowing how irritating it is to have someone post a question that has been already answered in the forums, often several times, I’ve researched this site for over a week before posting and will be doing so for a long time.
I have found answers here to much of what I needed to know and can’t say how much I appreciate it. So I’ll just focus on what I’ve learned for now and ask a question or two, which may well provide me with all I need, as the data base here is so full of info. I’m posting here because my problem is specifically with TRT and the only negative symptom I have that I’m aware of, which is testicular atrophy. As for high E levels, I know from reading here that I need to get that blood work done before I can get feedback on that. But since I’ve been on TRT for so long (over 8 years, never missed a day) I’m concerned and I definitely want to check everything out.
I guess this has been said by countless guys newly posting here, but I’m just baffled (and damn pissed to be frank) that I’ve been on TRT for 8 years and only now am learning about the full protocol and how important it is, in many cases, to supplement the T with an AI and hCG, at least. And I did not go into it lightly, I did a lot of research, or should say I spent a great deal of time and effort to learn about TRT. The problem is, when your sources are deficient then you can cover them 100% and still be ignorant of the whole picture. I guess this is what gets me. Never, not once, anywhere did I read or hear anything about testicular atrophy, and very little about the problems of increased E with TRT. I knew what these things are and would have certainly taken steps had I known they could be a real problem. Of course this was over 8 years ago but I have tried to keep informed since, clearly not well enough. I think because I’ve done so well overall I didn’t remain as diligent as I should have. But all I read about TRT, even at Vanderbilt Med Library (a top research university in my home town), was the possible (and erroneous we know now) risks of prostate cancer, and possible gynecomastia. So, excuse this rant … I know I’m preaching to the choir (or to the bishops, so to speak) but it pisses me off. So I’m just grateful for you guys and the huge data-base you have spawned here.
So I guess for now I just want to get some confirmation about what I need to do for the testes problem, which is, I feel certain, to get on hCG. I will give further info in future but for this purpose I’ll give basics (but will gladly provide more stats now if that’s better).
I’m 57, 6ft., 160lbs, very low body fat (don’t know numbers), have done resistance training for much of my life, off for some years but steady again for last 10 years. Good diet and blood sugar levels. A major change came when I began TRT about 8 years ago. I began with transdermal gel, Testim, since my insurance totally covers it. I know it’s not the best form but I suppose I must be a good absorber and all, as I got great results very fast. Before that I had seen little results from my weight training, although I was using good form and have experience. With T I quickly gained more muscle mass, lost more body fat, great rise in libido, etc… the expected stuff with good T replacement. One of the most intense benefits was not physical but rather mental. I had been having depression, sometimes severe, for a few years and T not only helped, it dispelled the depression entirely. This was unexpected but greatly appreciated! In fact I am still having good results. My numbers have always been between 800 and 1345 TT (Quest, 241-827mg/dl), and it was 1335 on my last test a month ago. I’m on what I assume is the standard dosage: 1% gel, 50mg daily. But always wanting to learn more and I took note when I saw this site on a Google search. Also I think I had suspicions by now about a few issues, like the smaller testes and tight scrotum.
I couldn’t believe when I first saw the info here about shrinking testes, I like did a double take (is that possible when reading?). I noticed it a few years ago, slowly but surely, and it’s become a real drag. But my libido is great, even in overdrive at times, which I don’t mind at all, and my erections are good, plenty of semen and strong ejaculations. But the descriptions on here about the smaller testes and especially the tight sack, could have been taken from my own profile. Truly it’s like before I went through puberty. My cock is fine, and I’m very sensitive, have great orgasms, so I was not as concerned until recently. Also my testes are pulled up so high, almost into my body. No pain, just a tendency to pull down constantly on them, they don’t feel right and don’t hang at all, as they always did before. I just never knew what the hell it was, nor did my doc. I never had any illusions about the range of a doctor’s knowledge (or lack thereof). Having a couple in the family., well, 'nuff said. But it shouldn’t have taken 8 years to even hear about this. Thank you all here for providing much, much needed info!
So am I correct in my thinking that I need to get on hCG? I can get all the protocol info (dosage, injection info, etc) from the stickies and links. I just wanted to run this by you all and get right to work on it. Then I can return with full blood-work numbers and get your take on a possible AI if my E is high, plus anything else. I have the suggested blood-work I need to get from a couple of posts and stickies here, so can take care of that. But it may take some time to get my docs to put out for full bloodwork; damn, I thought my days of conning the croakers were over… (sorry, I’m an ex-addict, proudly 20 years clean now, but the lingo dies hard). Also, I think (hope) I found a decent site for ‘research chemicals’ as I suspect a problem with a script for hCG.
If I can get this first problem handled it will be a great start. I’ve learned so much here in a weeks research and am putting it to use already, and will continue to read and learn. I take it very seriously; I haven’t made it to 57 by screwing around (well, maybe some) but you take my meaning, which I guess is simply that I seldom do things in half-measures. At this age you realize more than ever how very important your health is, every second. Well, I’ll sign off for now. Thanks for any help. Stevie