Testosterone Patch vs. Injections

My free T is low at 45.1 pg/mL (391 total) and I want to start therapy. My primary doc prescribed Androderm 2 Mg/24hr Patch. No HPTA mitigation such as HCG or enclomiphene, but I am less worried about sperm count as I am 62 and do not intend to have children. Any concerns using a patch over injections (not sure if my insurance covers injections)? I’m entirely new at this and so wanting to research a bit before I jump in.

Thanks in advance,

Most men on TRT received intramuscular injection, the typical delivery mechanism which produces the highest bioavailable testosterone.

Many previous studies of testosterone delivered in patches have shown that men never achieve a biologically therapeutic level.

You should opt for cypionate 120-140mg weekly or split up 2x weekly if trough levels are low on day 7 or you are experiencing less benefit nearing the end of the week.

Injections is the most effective and cheapest option available, so I seriously doubt coverage will be an issue.

Good to know, thank you. My doctor also prescribed Cialis (Tadalafil 5 Mg Tablets, daily) as I have BPH and apparently exogenous testosterone can enlarge the prostate–Cialis mitigates this effect (similar to Finestride). Does it make sense to take Cialis for this purpose alongside the cypionate injections?

I take it for the gym pumps. Haven’t noticed and BPH issues before or on it

Cialis has numerous benefits besides erectile improvement.

N, no concern using the patch. Give it a try and and see how it goes. Same for the cialis. Main thing is do your best to forget about the therapy and just live your life. A lot of guys that, especially ones that frequent online forums seem to have become trt hypochondriacs, every weird thing that happens too them has something to do with their trt therapy. Of course in direct opposition to that you need to make sure that you are getting the most out of it that you can, so so I’d look for long term trends more so than day day to day fluctuations. Kinda like paying attention to the climate not the weather, you know to use a completely noncontroversial analogy.

If after a few months you’re still not feeling well/better talk to the doc about options.