Testosterone Therapy

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    Apr 03, 2007 1:11 PM GMT
    So...I'm nearing 40 and another thread here about prostate cancer inspired me to finally get a full physical and blood work so I can have some baseline tests to compare with in the future. Just for the heck of it, I also requested they check my testosterone levels. Everything came back quite well but to my surprise I'm told my free testosterone is low. Having never checked it before I don't know if it's always been this way or if this is something recent.

    Has anyone ever been in this situation? Has anyone been on any therapy like this or used Androgel? The whole idea makes me a bit uneasesy.
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    Apr 03, 2007 3:01 PM GMT
    What's the significance of low free testosterone? What is free testosterone? Is there a bound testosterone?
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    Apr 03, 2007 3:48 PM GMT
    Low testosterone seems to have varying effects depending on how low and the individual guy. Here's what I've cut and pasted from hormone.org.

    Testosterone circulates in the blood in three forms:
    • About 40 percent of testosterone is bound tightly to a protein called sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), and is not available to body tissues for action;
    • About 58 percent is weakly bound to another protein called albumin and is available to many tissues for action;
    • About two percent circulates freely in the bloodstream.
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    Apr 03, 2007 7:24 PM GMT
    No big deal man - use androgel and see if it goes up after 2 weeks. If not use the shots. Many man after 40 have low testosterone..
  • minihunk

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    Apr 03, 2007 9:37 PM GMT
    HI guy.. a topic about it already exist in "all thing gay" forum , it's name "HRT using testosterone in hormonal replacement therapy" suggest to read it...
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    Apr 04, 2007 7:12 PM GMT
    Ah well, I posted here because I thought it this more a health question. I'll check that thread out as well.

    I guess my concern was whether or not I'm in the long run doing something detrimental to my body and my own natural testosterone production. I guess it's not quite the risk that the anabolic steriods can be from what I understand.

    It's just that I felt fine, had fantastic results on my physical and blood work. I function fully sexually and really didn't notice any problems...guess it just threw me for a loop for some reason.
  • hotversguy

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    Apr 21, 2007 6:39 AM GMT
    my doctor said it would make me more vascular and my balls would shrink.

    my balls are fine (sure you all wanted to know that...), my veins pretty normal, although i do tend to get into these warped mind-sets where i live out something between The Matrix and Fight Club in my head. Always fun on the subway.
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    Apr 22, 2007 4:13 AM GMT
    Androgel is still in patent and is ridiculously expensive.

    Have your doc get you a testosterone compound in EMU lotion. It'll be much, much, much less expensive.
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    Apr 24, 2007 7:40 AM GMT
    hotversguy: "my balls are fine (sure you all wanted to know that...)"

    yes, actually! :D
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    Apr 30, 2007 5:03 PM GMT
    Well I'm about to finish up my first run of the stuff. I can't say I feel any different than before I started. I was told I'd have more energy and have better moods. I wasn't aware I had problems with my energy and moods. Which is my joke because I they were both fine.

    As far as vascularity, I hadn't heard about that but I don't really feel that's something I'm lacking either hehe. Balls shrinking would be a bit of a worry though. I'm not hung up on the size of mine one way or the other but I'd like them to stay as is at least hehe.

    So...I don't know, I may just stop with this one and not get my refills. If I do, I'm fortunate that my insurance covers it. Thanks for offering some alternatives though, chuckystud!
  • ceosion

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    May 10, 2007 10:21 PM GMT
    I'm certainly no medical doctor, nor even an MD student, so I'm just throwing this out there for your own research... look into DHEA. From what I understand, it's a testostorone precursor, and one that falls rapidly in the body in men over 40. You can find DHEA at Walmart or GNC, so it might be an easier alternative to perscriptions pills/shots. It isn't recommended to younger males, as it can cause a "kind-of" dependancy. (Body adjusts it's own production of DHEA, so if there is too much, the body will reduce it's production... which can be bad in young males, but in older males, the supplementation is useful.)

    Again, I'm not a doctor... do your own research on DHEA, if you want, or even better, ask your doctor if you'd be a good candidate for it with your particular concern/situation.

  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 27, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    Make sure you really need it!! Many men think it's a quick fix to bigger gym results.

    It increases baldness
    shrinks testis
    and can lead to prostate cancer in men
    causes abdominal bloat
    bad breath

    96% of men 20-45 do not need it!