Back in 2018, we published this article by Dr. Christopher Senger:
It was a great piece. In a nutshell, Dr. Senger wrote that many men are over-prescribed testosterone at some “aggressive” men’s clinics. They’re quickly put on 200mg of testosterone per week. Most only need half that to bring their testosterone up to a normal healthy level. This causes them to suffer from unwanted side effects: cholesterol issues, water retention, and “potentially life-threatening” hemoglobin issues.
As the CCO of T Nation, I have to come clean: we cut a few lines of that article out. Paraphrasing from memory, Dr. Senger suggested that these over-prescribed men, who are now sporting supraphysiological T levels, had a tendency to cheat on their wives or girlfriends. I believe he said that he’d seen marriages fall apart.
I ran this by @TC_Luoma and he agreed that it was a little much, and it distracted from the article’s message, so we edited that bit out.
But I’ve been thinking about the issue ever since.
My thoughts: Men in bad marriages who are already “on the verge” of cheating could possibly be pushed over the edge with all that bonus T.
They’d certainly be hornier. Combine that with a frigid spouse who doesn’t like you, add in the attention of a third party who proposes a fling, fuel it with more confidence and a better body, and, well, it could happen.
Ethically, of course, it’s still cheating. You can’t place the blame on 200mg of T or overlook the personal responsibility for ones own actions and choices. Most happily married men would just chase their wives around the kitchen a little more when they have high T and never think of cheating. But what about those men in bad marriages?
Hormone levels (too high or too low) do affect us mentally. They may play a role in the cheating equation. Or maybe not? It’s an interesting thing to ponder. And the “answer” is nuanced, for sure.
What do you think?