"Andropause" came upon me with subtle symptoms. My body stopped making Testosterone 11 years ago when I was 55 years old. My symptoms were uncontrollable crying, no energy, feeling lethargic, low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, hot flashes and depression. The deepest part of the depression would send thoughts of suicide through my mind, even though I had no desire to kill myself. Scary!!!
I started with a patch I had to wear on my butt. The patch was about the size of the palm of my hand and about 1/4 inch thick. Lots of squishy fun when I sat down. The patch also left an oval ring from the adhesive that was difficult to clean off even with alcohol.
Next was Androgel. At that time I was married, and had to be careful if I ever laid my bare chest on my wife's bare chest. (Difficult to not do!) Otherwise the testosterone could transfer from me to her through the skin. That's okay if it's another man though! When I applied it, the alcohol fumes would make me dizzy. I had to wait until it was throughly dry before I could put on a shirt. Not good if you are in a hurry! My skin has always been dry and the alcohol in the Androgel dried out my skin even more. When I changed jobs, my new health insurance wouldn't cover the Androgel.
Now I go to the Veteran's Hospital. The will only cover Generic forms of medication. The VA issued me syringes and 200 mg/mL of Depo Testosterone/Testosterone Cypionate to inject myself. I didn't know how to inject at first, but a friend that was a male nurse, taught me how to give myself the injections. I inject every two weeks, but as one man mentioned here, I do have a tendency to roller coaster up and down within the two week interim.
In the 11 years I've been using testosterone, I've noticed several things about me that have changed. Most promenade is that I became much more hairy than I was before the testosterone. My penis did increase in size about about a half inch in length and girth. My testicles have shrunk from the size large walnuts to the size of jelly beans. In fact, I can gauge what my testosterone level is during the 2 weeks, by the size of my balls. No, I'm not kidding! My sex drive has become extremely high. My body is 66 years old, but my mind is like a 16 year old boy. I'm strongly horny 24/7. My voice has deepen slightly. My skin toughened up some. I am able to gain muscle with very little work.
My recommendation would be the injections. All around, in my opinion, injecting is the best choice.