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I've been on injections now for several years after going to Defy. My numbers are good for a man my age. Total T is usually between 900 and 1100. Free T has shot up to 40 which is way above "normal" at this age.
Negatively, TRT has also affected my PSA and HCT numbers.
Ladies are welcome to respond if they are doing HRT.
I use insulin syringes to inject 3x a week. They are 5/16 long and 30 gauge. It's a mosquito bite. 90% of the time I never feel them. If you do IM shots, they WILL hurt. Go subcutaneous (SQ). Just as effective.
Most guys self-inject inject at least twice a week. The half life of Testosterone is about 3 1/2 days. Injecting 2-3 times a week keeps your T level more steady. Some inject daily. I would strongly suggest that you try Defy Medical as they are the best in the nation (world?) and will tailor a treatment for you. Sadly, most PCP's and even some urologists have very little training in TRT. I think Defy has half-price initial consult now for new patients. They don't take insurance, but some guys turn it in themselves and they are covered.
I will be glad to try to answer any other questions you may have.
In that thread, without quoting him, Hoosier52 mentioned a new TRT provider that did pellets.
I started out on pellets. I started with a provider that was doing HRT for DW, pellets, of course. She doesn't have a moment's trouble with pellets.
For me, on the other hand, pellets were a bad experience. My TRT provider observed that all their patients with oily skin seem to have similar experiences. No conclusions about that, just an observation.
My pellet sites became infected more often than not (NEVER happens with DW). Then I had to take antibiotics. (I hate taking medicine in general, and antibiotics in particular for the record, and DW hates it worse, so I get a double whammy, my dislike plus what I have to hear out of her about it.)
Then I was prescribed prophylactic antibiotics prior to the pellet insertion, and post insertion.
The sites fairly consistently ejected pellets. I can't remember many insertions that didn't result in one or more ejection.
I was finally offered cream (among other options - I'm one of those deathly afraid of needles; blood draws I can do if I don't look) and wouldn't look back.
I maintain 900 - 1200 levels with cream, so that is working out well. Application has been consistent - picked a particular time of the day that I could do it with regularity. Apply it behind the knees, except for massage day when I apply it to the lower belly.
So, for me, for now, it's cream, and will be (until my PSA numbers trigger the Nazi in my TRT provider.... )
Edited to add: Ooopppssss. I was flipping back and forth between threads, and it looks like I didn't make it back to the "are you using cream, injections or pellets" thread in this category. If an Admin wants to fix it, then please....
I divide my dosage into 3 shots per week. I was doing 2, but Defy had me switch to 3 in an effort to lower my Hematocrit. When I do my next labs, we'll find out if it worked or not.
I use insulin needles and most times I don't even feel it.