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Thread starter Quantium Start date Jul 11, Quantium New Member. How long does it take for the body to completely absorb all it can from testosterone gel? I'm sure it depends on the product, humidity, person to person variability and tons of other factors. I've started gel, and am constantly worried about rubbing it off throughout the day.Results 1 to 8 of 8.Pros & Cons of Testosterone Gel
Thread: Testosterone Gel. Testosterone Gel Has anyone here tried testosterone gel before like Andromen? I think low test levels are the primary cause of a lot of my problems. My moody neurotic nature, my inability to achieve the muscle mass and bf levels I want etc.
I've seen my GP to have it tested but he won't prescribe anything for me. My levels are way low though. I'm not even going to mention how low they are because it's embarrassing to me. I have a hairy chest, my penis is normal size as are my testicles etc so my hypogonadism isn't so much genetic as it is from bad habits I had when i was younger like starving myself, smoking, drinking and so on.
I'm getting kind of desperate at this point and obviously feeling like I'm missing out and like my quality of life is suffering severely so I'm thinking about trying to get on test gel any way I can. Some questions I have. Will I notice any real changes if I'm on a small amount of gel? Will it cause bad side effects with prolonged use? If I stop taking it will my levels drop to lower than they are now? I think all my negative qualities are caused by low test and it's something that makes me feel very depressed.
Originally Posted by movingforward. As a kind of PSA. I feel for ya man. Sounds pretty rough. If it really is that bad it shouldn't be hard to find a doctor that will prescribe something. I find it very effective in maintaining my t levels. Originally Posted by pedroman. Supplement Wars!
Bookmarks Bookmarks Digg del.This article breaks down options for getting testosterone tested, what normal levels should be, causes of low T and next steps if your testosterone levels are low.
Produced by leydig cells in the testicle, testosterone is the hormone primarily responsible for sexual development and reproduction in men. Its primary role varies with age. In utero, testosterone plays a key role in the development of reproductive tissue and gender formation. Upon birth, T levels skyrocket for a weeks then drop to low levels until the onset of puberty where it kickstarts sperm production changes boys to men. It causes facial hair to grow, broadens the shoulders and crispens the jawline and is even responsible for teenage acne.
T levels peak in late adolescence or early 20s and naturally decline with age. Testosterone production is controlled by a complex chain of chemical reactions in the body known as the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular-Axis HPTA most easily described as the brain-ball connection.
The hypothalamus senses that T levels are dropping and begins producing a hormone called GnRH. GnRH flows to the pituitary gland causing it to generate both Follicle Stimulating Hormone and Luteinizing Hormone, which in turn cause machinery in the testicle to make sperm and testosterone. A significant amount of testosterone is absorbed by sertoli cells in the testicle and is used to nourish developing sperm cells. Extra testosterone exits the tesicle into the blood stream.
As testosterone levels rise, the brain stops making GnRH. Bioavailable testosterone in the blood binds to androgen receptors throughout the body to enable the production of proteins responsible masculine traits such as muscle growth and body hair production.
As testosterone is used by the body, levels in the blood drop. As testosterone enters the bloodstream, most of it binds to a protein called sex-hormone binding globulin SHBG. SHBG is created by the liver and plays a key role in balancing hormones. When testosterone is bound to SHBG it is unable to be used by the body. A smaller portion of testosterone generated sticks to the blood protein albumin. Testosterone stuck to albumin is still able to be used by the body.
This form of testosterone is most accessible to be used by other cells in the body. When testing testosterone levels, doctors can used the three types of testosterone in the blood to better understand what could be causing low T symptoms. Total testosterone level is a measure of the total amount of testosterone generated by the testicle.
Free testosterone is a measure of the small portion of testosterone that is floating free in the bloodstream and is not bound to any other proteins. Bioavailable testosterone is the combination of free testosterone and testosterone that is bound to albumin and is still available to be used by the body. If total testosterone is high but bioavailable testosterone is low, the doctor will know that the testicle is producing sufficient amounts of testosterone but it is not available to the body and will usually recommend different treatment options than in cases where total testosterone levels are low.
Free Testosterone: Free testosterone is not bound to any protein in the blood and is most readily available to be used by the body. Bioavailable Testosterone: This is the total amount of testosterone that is available to be used by the body. It includes both free testosterone and testosterone that is bound to albumin. Total Testosterone: This is the total amount of testosterone your body produces. It is the most important measure when trying to understand your fertility.
When evaluating fertility the most important number is total testosterone and a doc may not order additional tests for free or bioavailable testosterone unless you are experiencing symptoms of low T. Lab tests are typically performed using a blood sample that is drawn from the vein. There are a number of home tests available that either involve mailing in a sample or running a strip with saliva.
If you are looking into testing yourself, make sure you are educated on the test accuracy, what form of testosterone the test is measuring and what results the test will provide. Some home tests only measure a certain type of testosterone free, total, etc and they have a variable level of accuracy depending on the type of technology. In cases of suspected hypogonadism or low T, it is useful to breakdown testosterone into total and bioavailable and get measurements for luteinizing hormone LH and estrodial.
LH levels can help indicate if the HPTA us working properly and how healthy the leydig cells that generate testosterone are.
Estrodial a form of estrogen is made out of testosterone. Sometimes too much Testosterone is converted into Estrodial and cause symptoms.The purpose of treatment with HGH injections is to get results. More than anything, you probably want to see some positive changes in your life. Find out what to expect from HGH therapy in this month by month detailed look at the benefits and changes that will occur. All medications carry some form of risk or side effects.
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Testosterone treatment provides results that are cumulative in nature — they continue to build and improve with the passing of time. A testosterone results timeline is provided here to help you understand what to expect from your treatment for Low T, and how long it will take to achieve these benefits.
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Testosterone is one of the safest methods of hormone replacement therapy, but there are still side effects to mention, just as with any type of medical treatment. Get the facts about possible testosterone side effects and how to minimize the risk factors in this informative report.
Adults who have been suffering from reduced energy, low libido, mental fog, and muscle loss before diagnosis with Low T find incredible results after they start treatment with testosterone therapy.
Numerous studies in the US and internationally have documented the positive benefits of testosterone use, both in men and women. Although most traditionally associated with male sexuality and physical performance, the use of testosterone replacement therapy in menopausal women has had tremendous results in recent years.
Since the risks related to the standard gynecological use of synthetic estrogen treatments are not present in bioidentical testosterone usage for women, this rapidly emerging field of medicine is becoming mainstream. The typical timeline of testosterone results after treatment begins is most often associated with male usage since that has been the subject of more studies over the past few decades.
Therefore, in the timeline below, it will be the benefits that are achieved by men that will be discussed. In order to fully understand the way in which women will receive the desired benefits, know that the effects, as with males, are cumulative.
As the treatment progresses, the testosterone results will continue to build. A general idea of what to expect can be seen in the next section, although it is essential to point out that any type of hormone replacement therapy HRT is subjective. Each person reacts to a deficiency in a unique way, and treatment responses will also be on a personal level. It is imperative to get a proper blood test completed before beginning any course of hormone replacement therapy.
Raising hormone levels higher than their natural points could result in adverse side effects. That is why doctors specializing in HRT will always perform these tests before giving a diagnosis and prescribing any type of treatment.
In order to see the actual results of testosterone treatment, a person must first visit a local lab for the required blood test, and have the results from a current physical examination sent to our clinic.
Once the blood test and physical exam results are in, the doctor can compare this information with the health history form that the client filled out to determine how severe the effects of Low T are. This will enable a diagnosis and dosage plan to be put into place. The actual testosterone cycle results that each person will notice are going to be highly individualized, although there are some general guidelines to follow that will help to show if a person is on track in this department.
The results of taking testosterone below may become evident as early as 12 weeks into the treatment cycle, stabilizing at any point between six and twelve months from the onset of testosterone therapy and showing signs of possible improvement over coming years.
Further testosterone replacement therapy results show regrowth or thickening of hair, improved drive and motivation, and increased focus and cognitive functions.
These changes are also cumulative, and will occur for each person at some point during their treatment period. When exploring the general benefits of testosterone after treatment begins, please remember that the human body is a highly advanced creation and is unique unto itself. No two individuals will ever process anything, age, feel, or experience in the same manner.
That is why hormone therapy is customized for the individual based solely on personal needs. In order to achieve positive testosterone replacement results with the least chance of adverse reactions, it is imperative to work with an expert in the hormone replacement field.
This provides a person with a practitioner with a high level of knowledge and experience treating these types of conditions and changes. Never settle for being told that symptoms are associated with aging until a specialist runs the necessary blood tests to rule out hormone deficiency and some other medical concerns.I'm a 48 year old white male, 40 pounds overweight and taking meds for high bp and high cholesterol. My reason for seeing the doctor was because for the past 8 months, my sex drive, ability to have and keep an erection was almost zero and I needed viagra to have any kind of sex life.
After the blood test, my Dr. I have been using the Androgel for nearly a week now and I'm curious how long it will take approx. My drive and ability has gotten to the point that I think I could be put into a room of the hottest women and still not be able to get an erection or perform. I was divorced a few months ago and have been recently gotten involved with a wonderful woman and I would like to be able to perform.
Will the Androgel fix me? Thanks in advance. You have a lot going on and a lot to deal with on your plate. A divorse, a new relationship, high BP, Low T and cholesterol as well. Most doctors recommend waiting about two months before trying to evaluate a testosterone replacement therapy.
Many men don't SEE any results for three weeks or more as the levels rebuild in your system. Some men expect that testim or androgel will immediate produce errections for them and sex with be wonderful instantly. Their expectations are unrealistic, though some men report increased erections with testosterone replacement. Some continue with Viagra or Cialis as well as their low T therapy in order to resume a robust sex life.
Don't discount the impact of your divorse on your sex drive. You've been for an emotional rollercoaster ride, and it may take some time before you're "back on the horse" again. Started on gels anout a year ago. FIrst 6 months not much happening. My labs greatly improved vs shots. Last latest lab results had my testosterone at and my free testosterone at I have been on testogel for five years and I had to be switched from sachet's to the pump version due to supply issues.
The gel takes too long to dry and smells horrid. My testosterone levels are in the right range for my age so I will keep applying the gel. Having being diagnosed with very Low Testosterone at 40 years of age I was prescribed Testogel. My Testosterone levels raised significantly. My sexual desire picked up and my erections remain excellent. Testosterone therapy in males with low levels can be a major benefit.
Men and women benefit. Men and women experience decreases in libido, especially after hysterectomy womenwhen their testosterone production has decreased. Both enjoy the benefits of increased libido,energy, motivation, focus and better sleep. This site, like many others, relies on outdated information about the risks of Testosterone therapy. There is NO association of Heart disease or prostate cancer. In fact, low levels of Testosterone are associated with higher rates of cardiac disease and strokes.
There may be an associated increase in diastolic BP the smaller number but this is still based on animal studies. What is clear is that most physicians have no working knowledge of hormone replacement in men and their knowledge of HRT in women is limited to estrogen and progesterone.
If you have been told "you are just getting old" The gel takes too long to dry and two sachets covers my whole chest as I am only a small man. I have quite bad mood swings with this therapy.
Have used for a number of years with no really noticeable effect. However I note that the manufacturer of Testogel have recently modified the packageing, looks the same, but where you tear the end off to pour out the gel, has been modified and now it doesn't tear off so clean and sometimes hardly at all. So when you squeeze it spurts out in all directions. Anyone else found this?
I have been taking compound prescript generic of Testerone -! Is this side effect safe? Lower my dose?
NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results
Used testogel 50 mg. Didn't increase my sex drive but increased number of erections in the morning. Tried wellbutrin later and it worked although it had bad sideeffects, maybe I have some problems with dopamine? Will try a dopamine agonist instead!Apr 17, 1. I will visit my urologist in 2 weeks - should I suggest something? Apr 17, 2. Apr 17, 3. I asked about DHEA, because the described one time dose gave me some relief and additional energy.
The "boost" was stronger than from 5g androgel additional extra evening dose. Last edited: Apr 17, Apr 17, 4. When not on TRT, you are supposed to test early morning, when your T level is highest. When using a gel, it only makes sense to also test when your T level is highest. That is 4 hours after application of the androgel. That gives me my T peak, so that I can compare it to what I would be if my body were making enough T. It makes no sense to compare your level when you are lowest to what you should be when you are at your highest with natural production.
Forget the DHEA. There are some studies that show that men convert DHEA initially to testosterone and then convert it to estradiol after a few months. You have a good DHEA level now. Then you will be looking for arimidex. Don't do anything different until you test your T level when it is at the peak - 4 hours after Androgel application.
Apr 17, 5. Apr 17, 6. Apr 17, 7. Apr 18, 8. Last edited: Apr 18, Apr 18, 9. Apr 18, Today I have searched my blood tests archive and I have found something: A test done almost 2 years ago shows a little elevated T-BIL Total bilirubin : 1. Research this within forum and google suggest that such results may indicate possible problem with low SHGB due liver problems. It's a possibility.?
Apr 19, Apr 27, Update2 Today was my urologist appointment. You must log in or sign up to reply here. Show Ignored Content. Your name or email address: Do you already have an account? No, create an account now. Yes, my password is: Forgot your password?