My Journey with Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) – Part 4
Another update today after being on TRT for about five months. If you have not read parts 1-3, you probably should before reading this post or you won’t know what’s going on.
As I type these words, I have been on TRT for about 18 weeks. As I discussed in the prior installment, everything was going great in terms of weight lifting (massive gains), sperm count (now zero!) and other areas, but that I had problems with increased estrogen, including some odd weight gain, ravenous hunger, and no increase in cock hardness.
I also mentioned that I started taking small amounts of Anastrozole (an estrogen inhibitor) twice a week and DIM+ (a natural supplement) once a day.
I’m very happy to say that this all worked beautifully. In the last month or two I have felt fantastic, my sexual performance is great, the odd weight gain is gone, and my hunger levels are not only back to normal but have been reduced (more on this in a minute).
My last blood test was in late January. My total testosterone is stable at 911. Even better, my estrogen went from a way-too-high 50 in November to a beautiful 19 now. My doctor reports that we don’t want my estrogen to get any lower than that, since that will cause another set of problems. As always, I will keep getting a full blood panel every 45 days, so we’ll keep watching it and adjusting as needed. I think now, after five months, my system has finally leveled out and I’m probably good to go. As always, I will be reporting on this blog what happens in another 45-60 days.
Here are some of the recent changes I’ve noticed.
Continued Strength Increase
Amazingly, I am still regularly increasing my weightlifting amounts at the gym. This is even after six months of my new weight lifting regimen, only lifting twice a week, and eating at a caloric deficit at least six out of seven days a week. Astounding. This is a combination of A) TRT and B) my highly endomorphic body. On the down side, I’ve always been chubby, but on the upside, I’ve never had any trouble gaining serious muscle mass whenever I hit the weights. I’m not sure if some super skinny ectomorphic guy would experience as much gains as quickly as I have, even on TRT (though I could be wrong).
It’s awesome. On exercises like bench press and rows, I am just a few pounds away from the strongest I have ever been in my entire life, which was way back when I was a gym rat in high school. Within two or three months I fully plan on breaking those records, making me officially the strongest I’ve ever been in my entire life…at age 42.
At a party two weeks ago I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in about a year. I was wearing a T shirt and he commented that my upper body muscles were noticeably bigger. That’s pretty amazing considering I’m still obviously overweight. The last time my muscles were visible in any way was over ten years ago back when I was around 29 or 30.
Now if I could just get the god damn fat off my body…
This isn’t technically related to TRT (though it could be), but it’s a change in my fitness regimen so I thought I would mention it. As always, fat loss remains a problem for me. I would love to tell you that TRT has made it easier for me to shed fat, but so far it has not. Granted, there was a two-month stretch in there where I was retaining water because of that estrogen, but that problem is gone now and I still struggle with losing body fat, just like I have off and on my entire life.
A few months ago I decided to focus on the real problem, which is hunger. Just like I’m a high sex drive man and want sex all the time, I’m also a high hunger guy, wanting food all the time, even when I’m completely paleo and eating nothing but chicken salads all day long.
The vitamin B shots I’m taking as part of TRT did help in reducing hunger. I also started taking garcinia cambogia daily as well. The vitamin B, the garcinia, and the reduced estrogen has all made a big and noticeable difference in my hunger. I am not nearly as hungry as I usually am, especially at night. I’ve also gotten into the habit of chewing sugarless gum if get hungry around times I should not be eating, such as when I’ve reached my caloric limit for the day. This has really helped. (I got that idea from Jake Gyllenhaal losing weight for the movie Nightcrawler.)
So far, this has made things easier. This is new so I don’t know if this will actually help me lose more fat. I’ll know by the next time I make an update about my TRT journey on this blog. I’m optimistic. (But to be fair, I’ve always been optimistic about this issue and it’s always been a challenge anyway.)
Still No Sperm!
As I discussed in prior installments in this series, my sperm count is confirmed zero using both a microscope testing procedure and a vasectomy home test kit. Just to make damn sure none of my spermies return, I took both of those tests again recently, and will continue to do so every three months or so. Sure enough, according to my recent tests, I’m still at absolute zero sperm count.
I can’t begin to tell you how happy this makes me. As I’ve said before, I would do this entire TRT thing for this one feature alone even if I received no other benefits. Being on a confirmed effective male birth control while living the nonmonogamous Alpha 2.0 lifestyle seriously makes you feel like a superhero.
Of course that doesn’t mean I go around having unprotected sex with many women. I still use condoms with the vast majority. I also still get tested for every STD in the universe three times a year. Often I combine the STD blood tests with my TRT blood tests. My last STD test was two weeks ago and I’m clean, as usual.
I’m just saying that knowing there will never be an “accident” where I get the child support gun put to my head is very, very nice.
Sleep and Dreams
A few weeks ago I noticed that I now have much more vivid and realistic dreams when I sleep. Usually I don’t dream (or don’t remember any dreams), and when I do, my dreams are really, really weird and never make any sense. I guess this to be expected, since my overly rational personality is exhibiting its opposite when I dream.
However lately, my dreams are very vivid, real-seeming, completely realistic, and not weird at all. I also get much more of them. Very interesting.
My doctor has told me several times that TRT is supposed to improve your sleep. I never really had a problem in that department (that I knew of anyway) so I just ignored it. However, it’s possible that these more frequent and more vivid dreams indicate that I’m getting more REM sleep than I was getting before. That’s just a guess and I could be wrong, but if I’m right, this is a really news for my health, stress levels, and longevity. Yet another nice benefit of TRT.
Okay, let’s get to one of the unexpected downsides of TRT. This particular problem won’t happen to every man, probably not even most men, but it certainly happened to me.
As longtime readers already know, I have a higher than average sex drive. I need sex at least three to four days a week, every week, for maximum happiness. I don’t have the ability to go with out sex for much longer than that and be perfectly happy, like a lot of men and women do. Sometimes I’m envious of these monogamous married guys or over-33 “I hate men right now” women who can go months without any sex whatsoever and feel perfectly fine. I can’t do that, and I’ve tried. I’m a horny, horny bastard, and have been since puberty. Aging into my 30s and 40s has not, in any way, diminished my sex drive as I thought it might.
As you may already know, TRT increases your sex drive. Uh oh. What happens if your sex drive is already high? Well, dammit, it makes it even higher. At about 12 weeks into the TRT program, my sex drive went nuclear, and persists to this day. Thank goodness I always have multiple FBs and MLTRs to take care of that. The problem is sometimes, not often, but sometimes, I have weeks where multiple women happen to be busy or otherwise unavailable in the same week, and I’m only able have sex twice or even once in a seven day period. Man, when that happens and you’re in super-sex mode, it’s rough.
One of my February/March projects is to re-orient my woman-schedule to accommodate this. I can’t have any weeks where I can only have sex once or twice. That just sucks. I haven’t determined yet exactly how to fix this, but I have several options, none of them ideal. One is to break my once-a-week rule with the FB/MLTR who has the most flexible schedule (not good, for reasons I’ve discussed before). Another is to go back into sarging mode and add a few more women (I’d really rather not do this; I have quite a few already). Yet another is to immediately promote one of my current women to defaco OLTR (also not something I’d like to do right now; I’m too busy with work).
Talk about your quality problems! Anyway, not a big deal. I’ll figure this out.
The good news is that if you’re the typical over-age-35 guy with the typical average or low sex drive, you won’t have this problem. Going on TRT won’t make you a horndog like me; instead it will bring your sex drive back to “normal.”
I’m a very focused and motivated man and always have been. There have been times I was super-focused (my early to mid 20s) and mildly focused (my early 30s). Today I’m back to super-focused, and I’m amazed to say that I am officially more focused and more productive than I was in my early 20s. The amount of work I’m putting out, the consistency with which I do it, and the comparatively short number of work-hours it takes me, are all at personal lifetime highs, which is saying something.
I’m not saying this to brag; I’m just being honest. I have the focus and the excitement of a guy in his early 20s mixed with the wisdom, organization, and time management skill of a man in his 40s. It’s because of a combination of my personality, the vitamin D I started taking about two years ago (I was deficient, but no longer), and TRT. TRT is unquestionably a component of this.
Since going on TRT in early October, my average monthly income has increased far beyond the monthly cost of doing TRT. This makes TRT essentially “free.” Not bad.
Again, I have no idea if this will happen to you if you start TRT. Every man is different, and I certainly know a lot of guys on TRT who look great but don’t make very much money. As usual, I’m just reporting what’s happened to me. Mileage may vary.
The recurring theme of TRT seems to be “it makes you more of what you are.” Before TRT, I was a happy, productive, high sex drive guy who loved to work. On TRT, I’m an even happier, hornier, and more productive man. Hell, I didn’t think that was possible. I imagine that whatever positive qualities you have would be similarly amplified on TRT. (Again, that’s just a guess.)
That’s it for now. Overall I’m extremely pleased with TRT. I recommend it for any men over age 35 who are willing to incur the work involved and the financial cost, particularly if you are self-employed or nonmonogamous (or in true Alpha Male 2.0 style, both). The male birth control aspect alone is worth it all. The new muscles, sexual enhancement, and improved work focus is almost just a bonus.
Aaaaaaaand now for my usual fitness disclaimer: As always, 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. Please read part 1, part 2, and part 3 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. Thanks in advance.