I’ve been on TRT for around 9 months and am thinking of quitting for fertility and sexual function reasons.
I initially decided to reach out to a TRT clinic and get checked out because I noticed that I was loosing strength in the gym (despite working out religiously), had low energy and felt my libido beginning to wane, which at 34 years old, had me concerned. Went and got the blood check and the clinic confirmed that my levels were low and put me on 175mg week test-c (divided into 2 doses sub q), and 250iu HCG per week. I started getting a lot of water retention, some ED and loss of sensation downstairs after a couple of months and follow up labs showed I was above reference range on total an free T and high on E2, so I decided to lower my dose to 120mg a week.
After lowering my dose, the water retention has gone away, and my ED issues have resolved, but I still have a lack of sensation in my dick and even though I get horny, I find that sex and orgasms are not nearly as pleasurable as pre TRT. Just getting to the point of orgasm takes a lot of effort and focus and when I do reach climax, its very meh (this was never the case pre TRT).
On the plus side, TRT has improved my mood, energy and focus (and I’m making progress in the gym again, which is nice), but the sexual side effects I’m dealing with make me feel like its not worth it. Also, I worry that the clinic I’m with rushed putting me on TRT, as they did minimum labs before saying - “Yep, you have very low free T and definitely need TRT”. I’m hoping someone here can have a look at my initial labs and let me know what you think?
Another issue I’m dealing with is my provider has stopped supplying HCG, and replaced it with gonadorelin, and since I’ve switched over, I’ve noticed a lot of atrophy and my boys constantly ache. I dont think this new med is working for me at all, and it has me very concerned about my fertility long term (wife and I want to try for another kid in the not too distant future).
All of these issues makes me feel like the cons are outweighing the pros of TRT and currently, I’m thinking of attempting a restart to see if I can get back to my pre-TRT (or maybe better) numbers. What do you guys think? It that possible after 9 months of TRT?