Hormone Replacement Therapy aka "Let's Talk Testosterone!" Thread

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    Mar 07, 2011 12:01 PM GMT
    I am an advocate. In the past two years, HRT has changed my life dramatically for the positive, literally to the point where I quit my job and opened my own HRT clinic with my husband.

    The goal of this thread is not to plug my own business, but rather to open up the subject for discussion. Any users? Any experiences to share? Any questions?

    There is much value for any man having gone through Andropause, but especially for men who are HIV+

    Now, let's talk testosterone!
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    Mar 07, 2011 12:25 PM GMT
    My testosterone levels are low, and my doctor tried to prescribe some replacement for me, due to my age, and because I'm experiencing bone & muscle mass loss with overall weight gain, along with fatigue. But I found the topical gels like Testim to be smelly, inconvenient, and ineffective on me, not to mention rather expensive. And I'm not going in for regular injections.

    I did see some boost by simply working out more, and staying as sexually active as I can. Lately I've improved to low-normal, so my doctor's given up on trying to give me this stuff (at least for now).

    What methods does your HRT clinic use?
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    Mar 07, 2011 2:49 PM GMT
    my blood work of last september indicated low test levels.

    my primary care physician, a man in his late 30's who has had no personal experience in this area, has given me prescriptions for gel and absorption patch systems.

    the gels are messy, smelly and cumbersome to use.

    the absorption patches itch, burn and leave red splotches on my skin.

    neither system has raised my test levels some....but not all that much.

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    Mar 07, 2011 5:52 PM GMT
    Those gels are horrible -- worse, a racket for the Big Pharma! And their effectiveness is terribly low. Sure, they work initially, showing a small spike in test levels, but that doesn't last long, once the body adjusts.

    Better off -- safer, cleaner -- with injectables. It seems kind of overwhelming when you start, but ultimately the best delivery system available.

    Low testosterone can lead to lots of internal issues!
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    Mar 07, 2011 5:56 PM GMT
    nwdc_muscle saidThose gels are horrible -- worse, a racket for the Big Pharma! And their effectiveness is terribly low. Sure, they work initially, showing a small spike in test levels, but that doesn't last long, once the body adjusts.

    Better off -- safer, cleaner -- with injectables. It seems kind of overwhelming when you start, but ultimately the best delivery system available.

    Low testosterone can lead to lots of internal issues!

    I'm aware of the issues, my doctor already sees them. But how often would I need injections, and at what cost? She doesn't want to go the injection route, and I reject those ineffective gels.
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    Mar 07, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI'm aware of the issues, my doctor already sees them. But how often would I need injections, and at what cost? She doesn't want to go the injection route, and I reject those ineffective gels.


    Not trying to plug my own business, I swear I'm not -- but check out our website www.prcindc.com for some of those answers. A hypothetically "typical" man usually has one shot a week. It's easy to learn to do it yourself.

    I don't know how expensive those gels and whatnot are -- I know different insurances cover things in different ways and amounts -- but it's got to be around the same overall price as injectables. I was a school teacher making not quite 50K a year and I was easily able to afford it.