My Journey with Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) – Part 3
Mastered The Process
At about five weeks into the program, I finally felt I had the entire process of injections and blood tests mastered. I switched from injecting in the thigh to injecting in the delt (shoulder). Injecting in the thigh is easier since you have two hands. Before you actually inject, you have to “aspirate,” which means you have to pull back on the plunger a little right after you inject to make sure you don’t see any blood. This way you won’t be injecting into a blood vessel. This process is much easier when you have two hands to work with.
The problem is, injecting in the thigh is painful, and it’s very easy to inject in the wrong place for even more pain and even possible bruising. Switching to the delt, it’s harder since you only have one hand, but it’s worth doing and getting used to, because there is zero pain when you do it. I mean zero (assuming you use high-gauge needles like I do). It’s nice.
I can now prep my vials, load my syringes, alcohol swap everything, aspirate, inject, and dispose of everything within 2-3 minutes. At the start of the program it took me 15 minutes or longer to do everything (and I often did it wrong, as I talked about in part 1). So if you’re worried that TRT is time consuming, once you get the hang of everything it barely takes any time at all.
Some Good and Bad
At around six weeks on the program, I noticed some interesting changes in my sexual performance. I figured I would suddenly be rock-hard during sex like a teenager, but something a little different happened.
The good news is that my sensitivity skyrocketed. Sex now feels way better than it did before. Even when I wear a condom it feels like I’m wearing nothing. I’m serious. Many times during sex I thought “This feels great…is the condom still on?” Then I had to check it. Sure enough, the condom was still on good and tight.
I’m serious guys, TRT really makes a huge difference in condom-sex. If you use a good condom (after extensive testing I now use Trojan Ecstasy) and place a single drop of lube on the tip of the condom before putting it on (which you should be doing anyway), if you’re on TRT it feels like you’re wearing nothing. I’m not exaggerating; it feels that good. This might be because I’m also taking HCG, but whatever, it feels great.
Without a condom, sex felt so good that for the first time in my life I had trouble not cumming. I actually had trouble lasting! It was an interesting problem to have. It also bothered me because TRT should not introduce any new problems.
On top of that, there was another problem. I was not getting any harder than before. Sometimes I even felt that I was less hard, even though the sensitivity was increased. The reason for this would be explained in another week, but while it was happening I was a little upset.
Another cool thing though: orgasms are more intense. Holy crap. I mean, I can’t describe it. They’re fucking fantastic. There was a noticeable positive difference. Wow.
At around 40 days, something very exciting happened at the gym. One of the most difficult exercises for me is the bent-over barbell row. When I started my new weightlifting routine, my back was comparatively weak to the rest of my body, so these damn rows were really difficult and very uncomfortable. I was embarrassed at how little weight I could do on those.
Over time, weight gradually increased, but at around 40 days, suddenly the weight was easy. I bashed out my usual five reps like there was no weight on the bar. I was confused, and thought I had put the incorrect amount of weight. I checked, and no, it was the correct amount. So I slapped on another ten pounds, and did 5 more reps. It was easy. Weight that would have probably thrown out my back a few weeks prior was so easy it was sort of ridiculous.
I put on ten more pounds. Still easy. Put on 10 more. Still easy. What the hell?
For the rest of the day, ALL of my exercises were too easy and I had to add a ton of weight. This continued for the next week or so. Suddenly I was Superman.
I have been lifting weights off and on for 25 years, and I have never, ever experienced anything like this. I have now more stretch marks on my chest and shoulders from bulging new muscle. According to the JEFIT app, I am now in the upper 1% for bench press for men in their 40s. My calf muscles got so big I couldn’t fit into my jeans any more and had to buy a few new pairs. I could go on but I think you get the point.
Yet, there was another problem.
Another thing I was noticing at around 4-6 weeks was that I seemed to be ravenously hungry. I’m always hungry anyway, but for some reason it felt like I was hungrier. Weird. I also had a really, really hard time losing any fat. My face looked chubbier in the mirror and my body felt more flabby even though I was gaining more strength and muscle. What the hell? This really pissed me off. As always, I was trying to lose fat, not gain it.
Those of you already on TRT can probably predict what was happening. My blood tests revealed exactly what was going on…
At 45 days, I went in for my first round of blood tests to see how I had improved. I was very excited. Talking to my doctor, he reported the results and gave me a copy of the test.
First awesome thing. At the start of the program, my total testosterone was 584. It was now 922(!) with free testosterone at 243. My T levels are now equivalent to an 18 year-old. Fuck yeah!
Next awesome thing. My entire lipid panel improved. Several improvements there too technical to get into, but my favorite was that my blood sugar levels went from “average” to “ideal.” My blood content is now far more healthy that it was at the start of TRT. Yay for longer lifespan!!!
Next awesome thing. My PSA stayed normal. Very nice. My red blood cell count did increase just a little. The doctor said that even though I probably don’t have to, it wouldn’t hurt to start donating a pint of blood twice a year to keep my red blood cell counts at optimum levels. No problem; I went to the red cross and donated blood the very next week.
Lastly came the not-so-awesome thing, and the reason for my chubbiness, hunger, and lack of hardness. At the start of TRT, my estrogen (estradiol) levels were normal at 24. Now it was a staggering 50. I had more than doubled my estrogen. Holy shit. No wonder I felt a little weird.
No problem. This is extremely common, and my doctor anticipated this. I already had a bottle of anastrozole ready to go (it reduces estrogen) and immediately popped half a tablet. From now on, I would have to take half a tablet 24 hours after every testosterone injection. He also to told me to take 2 tablets of DIM Plus (a natural supplement I got on Amazon) three times a day for the next two weeks, then once daily from then on.
I did all that, and within 2 weeks I started feeling more awesome, sexual power returned (while keeping the new sensitivity!), the hunger went back to normal, and my face returned to its normal look. As I write this blog post I probably have another two or three weeks to go before I feel 100% optimal, with high healthy T levels, perfectly low healthy estrogen levels, and a fantastic lipid panel.
All and all, I was very happy…but the most wonderful thing of all was yet to come…
No More Pregnancy Worries!
As I discussed back in part 1, I had a microscope that I used to check my sperm count, since TRT brings it to zero or near-zero. I checked my swimmers at the start of the program and was supposed to check again at five or six weeks. With the Alpha Male 2.0 book and a few other things, I was busy, so I didn’t check until nine weeks into the program.
So I “extracted” a sample, put it under the microscope, and looked. I expected to see much less sperm. Shockingly, I found none. I looked and looked, moved the slide around, refocused, and looked some more. Not a single sperm to be found.
I figured something was wrong, so I waited a few days and tried again. Once again, no sperm. I spent about 15 minutes looking around to be absolutely sure. Sure enough, no sperm. FUCK YES!
Just to be triple sure, I got a hold of some test kits vasectomy patients use to confirm their sperm count is zero and it’s safe to have unprotected sex without pregnancy risk. I ran through the test not once, but twice, and on different days, and sure enough, it reported ZERO SPERM COUNT every time.
It is now impossible for me to get a woman pregnant on accident. WAAAAHAHAHAHA! I AM A SEX GOD. If I decide I want kids later, I can go off the TRT for a few weeks, start producing sperm again, make a baby, and go right back on TRT. It really is male birth control.
This benefit alone, at least to me, is worth the entire cost and time of the TRT program. I cannot begin to tell you how happy this makes me. Getting women pregnant and getting stuck with unwanted child support has been my number one fear in my sex life, more so than getting an STD, and now I never need to worry about this again. It also burns my ass that doctors are not telling men this form of male birth control is available. Think about it…what if every man out there knew TRT could be used as male birth control? (Disclaimer: TRT will not reduce sperm count in all men. It depends on the dosages, your body, and many other factors. Just because it did for me doesn’t mean it will for you. And for god’s sake, use a microscope and vasectomy tests before you start gushing inside women. Don’t take your doctor’s word for it.)
If more men were aware of this option, don’t you think that would prevent a few unwanted, unplanned kids that place burdens on society? (Not that I care about society, but you get my point.)
I’m not saying I’m going to be cumming inside all these women without a condom now, since there are still STD considerations. But it’s nice to know that for that one trusted woman, I can go CRAZY and not worry about this. To be 100% sure, I’m still going to regularly check my sperm counts via microscope and vasectomy tests; maybe once every three months or so.
That’s it for now. I’ll be updating you again on my progress in a few weeks!
Now listen god dammit: Please read part 1 and part 2 in this series before you ask any questions or make any points in the comments, since most questions men have tend to be answered in prior installments in this series. And again, I will repeat yet again that I will be ignoring any comments from fitness nerds who say or imply that I’m doing this all wrong and should radically change what I’m doing, since I’ve put a lot of research into all of this and am operating under the close supervision of a doctor. Yeah, yeah, you’re right and everyone else, including all the doctors and fitness experts are wrong. Got it.