chuckystud saidHRT does not lead to a life-long crutch any more than any other medicine. Years of high androgen correct themselves in about 21 days, or less, no matter how long you were using (Yes, this, too, has been studied.).
With stuff like T3 / T4 (thryroid) even years of being on the med fixes itself in DAYS.
Some of you folks know nothing on what you are talking about.
HCG will bump up your hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, a bit, but, it's not the same thing as exogenous test.
With regard to living longer, test is good medicine for blood pressure, exercise recovery, libido, a sense of well being (not being depressed), prevention of diseases of aging, fat metabolism, lean muscle mass, and prevention of bone loss. This all very well documented. That's why test replacement ads are all over the TV.
Not smoking, not being obese, keeping your blood pressure at bay, daily exercise, proper hormone levels, brain stimulation, and avoiding loneliness are what make you live as long as your genes allow...and LAUGHTER.
As little as three weight bearing exercise sessions a week are enough to keep your bones strong and completely prevent type 2 diabetes (100% preventable disease).
I have to challenge your continued notion that levels of 1000 of testosterone are safe for anyone but the young under 30 crowd.
There are several reasons why a seasoned experienced clinician would want to see if there are other reasons for the testosterone being low . Insomnia, depression , alcohol intake before condemning a young 23 year old to injections/ topicals for the rest of his life.
Testosterone can be low and recover.
Testosterone supplementation can effect fertility.
Obviously you like testosterone, I hope you live a long life. But in many other threads you take a one sided view of it. Its not all roses. And there is a good reason why it is a controlled substance.
Maybe your HP-gonadal axis recovered in 21 days, congrats. However you may not be aware ( ehemm) of the people who abused testosterone and anabolic steroids , they are a documented patient type and some experience life long hypogonadism.
FYI your assertion that the thyroid recovers in 21 days is also bunk.
My advice to this young OP. Have several testosterone panels done over a period of 2 months. Try to improve sleep, nutrition and exercise. If depression is an issue begin to address it.
Make sure its not just a testosterone level being done. But the free testosterone as well with albumin . Typically this is a TESTOSTERONE PANEL.
Also if you are taking other medications , including Propecia, that can be a factor. You need a DHT level.