(Possibly this should have been posted in the TRT forum - apologies if so).
My doctor has finally offered to put me on TRT (this is quite unusual here in Singapore). His suggestion is to apply 0.5mL of testosterone cream daily. The brand is AndroForte and at 5%. If I have converted that correctly I believe it is equivalent to 25mg of Testo per day, so 175mg per week. Can that be right? The doctor gave me the impression he’d start me on a low dose but that sounds middle of the road.
Now, I fully appreciate that injections would be more effective but I travel for work 70% of my time so it’s not practical. Also, bona fide prescription notwithstanding, I do not want to potentially have to argue with custom officials about why I carry syringes and vials in my luggage. The countries I travel regularly out here have zero tolerance for drugs and I don’t want to run the risk of any misunderstandings.
I obviously hope the TRT will help me with my main symptoms, lethargy and libido. I don’t really expect it will do very much in my pursuit of gaining some additional strength or mass; at 49 years old I find it gets harder to keep muscle, let alone adding any. Once things are dialed in properly with the TRT, though, I will likely combine the TRT with a PH* cycle twice a year or so. In that case, I’m thinking the TRT, even if a low dose, can serve as a test base and I simply add a PH (Halo or Decalone most likely) on top of that. Should I still look to stack that with something like Androtest even though I am on TRT or would that be both pointless and a waste of money? (Again, I realize that injecting AAS would be preferable, and certainly that has worked well for me in the past, but given my travel requirements it’s not a realistic option for me anymore).
My next questions are around PCT (or not). I understand that if you blast and cruise, there is no need to PCT. Just to make sure I have not missed any nuance, is this always true irrespective of TRT dosage? When I have cycled before - many years ago - I used Tamoxifen/Nolva to good effect during my PCT and occasionally on cycle. I have a tendency towards gyno but those concerns were always addressed by Nolva at normal PCT dosage. With no PTC when on TRT, what is the best way for me to keep potential gyno in check? Nolva at a low dose as and when required or just an AI?
If I do go down the PH option occasionally, what does that mean from a PCT perspective given I’ll remain on my TRT dose?
I will greatly appreciate any answers (or general advice for that matter). TRT is new to me. Thank you.
*is there a better (or maybe less poor!) oral option? I don’t have an awful lot of experience with orals.