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Answers to 15 Common Questions About Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Although I am not a medical professional, and these answers should be considered only as my opinions - I have been on TRT for over a decade, and have quite a bit of experience with it.

1. How does TRT differ from anabolic steroids?

The short answer: TRT differs from steroid abuse primarily due to the doses taken. The actual drugs are often the same, at least when it comes to the base substance of most steroid cycles, which is testosterone.

The long answer: While both TRT and anabolic steroids involve testosterone, TRT aims to restore natural testosterone levels in men with deficiencies. In contrast, anabolic steroids, such as those used by bodybuilders, can elevate testosterone levels far beyond the natural range.

Someone on testosterone replacement therapy might be taking 100mg-150mg of testosterone per week for the long-term. Meanwhile, a bodybuilder taking "steroids" could be using the same exact substance, but would be abusing it at 500mg, 800mg, sometimes over a gram a week. This is typically done in cycles of 8-12 weeks with significantly longer breaks between each cycle.

Learn more in the TRT eBook chapter about testosterone use vs. steroid abuse.

2. Can TRT improve athletic performance?

Yes, TRT can improve athletic performance in men with low testosterone.

3. Are there any dietary or lifestyle changes that can enhance the effects of TRT?

A balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep can complement TRT. Consuming foods rich in zinc, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids might support healthy testosterone levels. However, if you are on TRT your body will have stopped producing its own testosterone because you are bringing it in from outside (exogenous). Therefore, your overall testosterone levels are unlikely to be affected by diet like they would be if you were not on TRT.

4. How does TRT impact mood and mental health?

Low testosterone can be linked to mood swings, depression, and irritability. TRT can help alleviate these symptoms for some men, but it is essential to monitor mental health throughout the treatment.

Too much testosterone can lead to too much estrogen, which can cause mood swings and other mental health issues. There are medications people take to keep this from happening, but overusing them can result in too little estrogen, which also causes mood irregularities. That's why it is important to get your bloodwork done regularly and talk to your doctor about any major shifts in mood.

Learn more about low estrogen and TRT.

5. Does TRT have any impact on memory and cognitive functions?

Some studies suggest that TRT might improve cognitive functions in men with low testosterone, but more research is needed. If you're experiencing memory issues, it's crucial to discuss this with your healthcare provider.

From an anecdotal perspective, I noticed significant improvement in cognitive function once I started TRT, which included a better memory and sharper thinking. IOW, it cleared up my cloudy mind, which was caused by Low T.

6. Can TRT affect hair growth or loss?

Testosterone can influence hair growth. While some men might experience increased body hair, others might notice accelerated hair thinning or loss on the scalp.

My family does not suffer from male-pattern baldness, yet I have thinning and receding hair. I am sure this is because of my use of testosterone, and it's conversion to DHT. After I started taking oral finasteride and using topical minoxidil my hair loss stopped, and even reversed after six months. I don't have the hair my brothers have, but I'm no longer going bald.

7. How does TRT interact with other medications?

TRT can interact with certain medications, including blood thinners and insulin. Always inform your doctor about any medications or supplements you're taking.

Personally, I notice TRT has an affect on my thyroid medication. The same amount of levothyroxine has different effects on my thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels depending on how much testosterone I'm taking. When I take more testosterone, I need less levothyroxine. This is just one example of many I've experienced or heard about.

8. Are there any alternative treatments to TRT?

There are alternative medical treatments, such as clomiphene citrate and human chorionic gonadotropin, which stimulate the body to produce more testosterone naturally. You can discuss these options with your healthcare provider. There are also alternatives like OTC health supplements, and certain activities and exercises that are known to naturally increase testosterone levels in men.

Learn more about natural testosterone boosters in Chapter 8. of our TRT eBook.

Personally, I have found supplements like tribulus and horny goat weed to be next-to-useless compared to actual testosterone treatment.

9. How often should I monitor my testosterone levels while on TRT?

Regular monitoring is crucial. Most doctors recommend checking testosterone levels every few months, especially during the initial stages of treatment.

I get mine checked every six months, but it used to be every three months when I first started.

10. Can TRT influence sleep patterns or cause sleep apnea?

Some men report changes in sleep patterns or the onset of sleep apnea with TRT. If you experience sleep disturbances, it's essential to discuss them with your doctor.

I have sleep apnea, even though I'm healthy, don't drink much and have a low bodyfat percentage. I think this is because of my testosterone use.

11. Is there a "best time" of day to administer TRT?

Depending on the form of TRT, there might be optimal times for administration. For instance, testosterone gels are often applied in the morning, but injections might have a different schedule. Follow your doctor's recommendations.

I take mine after I shower in the evenings. It doesn't really matter, in my experience.

12. Can TRT affect one's voice?

While testosterone plays a role in voice deepening during puberty, it is uncommon for TRT to significantly alter an adult's voice. However, some subtle changes might occur.

It tends to affect womens' voices much more than mens'.

13. How does alcohol consumption impact TRT?

Excessive alcohol can lower natural testosterone levels and might reduce the effectiveness of TRT. It's advisable to moderate alcohol consumption while undergoing treatment.

14. Does TRT affect one's ability to have children?

Yes, TRT can impact fertility. Testosterone therapy can reduce sperm production, potentially leading to a lower sperm count. This reduction can affect one's ability to father children. If you're considering starting a family or adding to it in the future, discuss this with your healthcare provider before beginning TRT.

A few options:

  • Wait to start TRT until after you have had all the children you want.
  • Prior to going on TRT, freeze some sperm at the fertility clinic to use when you're ready to have kids.
  • Ask your doctor about taking Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) when you are ready to have children if you have been on TRT.

15. Once I start TRT, do I have to be on it for life?

Not necessarily. Some men choose to remain on TRT long-term to maintain its benefits, while others might stop after a certain period. If you decide to discontinue TRT, it's essential to do so under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Abruptly stopping can lead to withdrawal symptoms or a return of low testosterone symptoms. It's also worth noting that natural testosterone production might be suppressed while on TRT, and it can take time for the body to resume its normal production once the therapy is stopped.

Unofficially - Yes, TRT is for life. Any time someone asks me if they should "try" TRT, I ask them if they're ready to be on it for life. If they say no, then I say no as well. Unless you take HCG regularly, your testicles will shrink (unless you take HCG regularly) and your body will stop making its own testosterone. HCG has its own set of complications and most people don't take it long-term.

If you're looking for quick muscle gains and then hope to get off "TRT," then you're not wanting TRT. You want steroids. Same but different. See question #1.

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Online TRT Clinics

A list of reputable testosterone replacement therapy options that offer online consultations and prescriptions.

First off - I have no affiliation with any of these companies. They have been vetted with research on multiple TRT forums and review sites. In some cases, I have spoken with someone at the company directly by phone or email. Pricing varies between each company and depends on which medications you are prescribed.

TRT Nation is a testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) clinic that specializes in helping men with low testosterone levels. They offer a range of testosterone replacement options, including injections, gels, and pellets, and work with patients to find the best solution for their individual needs. They also offer additional wellness services, such as weight loss programs and supplements. They can prescribe testosterone, human growth hormone (HGH) peptides, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), and even the trendy weight loss drug, semaglutide.

Frontline Alternative Medicine is a functional and integrative medicine clinic that offers testosterone replacement therapy as part of their comprehensive approach to men's health. They offer a range of testosterone replacement options, including injections, gels, and pellets, and also offer other hormone therapies, such as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

Defy Medical is a telemedicine clinic that specializes in testosterone replacement therapy and offers a range of options, including injections, gels, and pellets. They also offer other anabolic therapies, such as HCG, oxandrolone, stanozolol and nandrolone.

Viking Alternative Medicine is a clinic that specializes in testosterone replacement therapy and offers a range of options, including injections and gels. They also offer other hormone therapies, such as HCG and stanozolol.

Do you have others to add to the list? Leave a comment and I'll check them out. Note: Please do NOT try to spam. I won't publish the comment. Instead, I'll vet the company and add it to the list if they are found to be a safe and legitimate TRT clinic.

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TRT Dosage Calculator

Use the simple calculator below to easily figure out how much to draw for each injection based on the number of injections per week, the strength of the testosterone oil, and your desired dosage. This could be used as a steroid calculator or for testosterone replacement therapy.

Testosterone Dosage Calculator

If I want to take 300 mg per week divided into two shots, and the oil is 250mg per mil, how much would I need to take for each shot?

300 mg / 250 = 1.2 mil per week

Answer: I would want to inject 0.6 milliliters per shot, twice per week to reach the desired TRT dose.

Related: Find out how many shots you'll need to take over your lifetime of TRT.

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How Many Injections Will You Take for TRT Over Your Lifetime

When I started testosterone replacement therapy in my early thirties, I didn't give much thought to how many injections I would be taking over the course of my life. Now at the age of 46, I've been sticking myself with needles every week for over a decade -- and let me tell you, these shots add up!

You're going to be a pin cushion. This is especially true if you take multiple injections per week like I do (Testosterone Enanthate twice weekly). One thing that helps is what I call "The Macarena Approach". For those of you too young to remember the pre-TikTok TikTok dance, watch this. It goes something like this: Left glute, right glute, left delt, right delt, left thigh, right thigh, repeat...

Use the calculator below to figure out how many injections you'll be taking over the course of your life once you start TRT. The results might surprise you. Just imagine all of the scar tissue that will build up.

Testosterone Injection Calculator

Based on the average lifespan of men in the United States: 76

Related: Try out the TRT Dose Calculator to find out the correct dosage per injection.

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How Testosterone Converts to DHT and Estrogen

Exploring the complex pathways of testosterone conversion to DHT and estrogen metabolism in men.

Testosterone plays a significant role in the development of male reproductive tissues, as well as secondary sexual characteristics. However, its functions extend beyond its direct actions, as it also serves as a precursor for dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and various types of estrogen. This article explores the biochemical pathways by which testosterone is converted into these biologically active metabolites, and the physiological implications of these conversions.

Testosterone Conversion to DHT

DHT is a potent androgen, with approximately 2.5-10 times higher affinity for the androgen receptor than testosterone (Jenkins et al., 1992). The conversion of testosterone to DHT occurs primarily in peripheral tissues, such as the skin, prostate, and hair follicles, and is catalyzed by the enzyme 5?-reductase (Imperato-McGinley et al., 1992). Three isoforms of 5?-reductase have been identified, with types 1 and 2 being the most relevant for DHT synthesis (Thigpen et al., 1993).

DHT is a key hormone involved in the development of male external genitalia and the onset of puberty. It also plays a critical role in prostate growth and male pattern baldness. Excessive DHT levels have been implicated in the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer (Gormley et al., 1992).

Testosterone Conversion to Estrogens

Contrary to popular belief, estrogens are not exclusively female hormones. They are also synthesized in males, albeit in smaller amounts, just as women produce testosterone in smaller amounts than men.

Testosterone can be converted to estradiol (E2), the most potent estrogen, by the enzyme aromatase (CYP19A1) (Simpson, 2003). This reaction occurs primarily in adipose tissue, liver, brain, and testes.

Estrogens play a crucial role in bone metabolism, preventing bone loss in both men and women (Oz et al., 2000). They are also involved in the regulation of male reproductive function and the maintenance of cognitive health. However, elevated estrogen levels in men have been associated with an increased risk of gynecomastia, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer (Bagatelle & Bremner, 1995).

Testosterone's actions extend beyond its direct effects, serving as a precursor for both DHT and various types of estrogen. The conversion of testosterone to these biologically active metabolites is mediated by specific enzymes and occurs in various tissues throughout the body. Understanding the complex interplay between testosterone, DHT, and estrogen metabolism is essential for comprehending the hormonal balance in men and its impact on health and disease.

The conversion of testosterone to DHT, catalyzed by the 5?-reductase enzyme, has significant implications for male sexual development, hair growth patterns, and prostate health. On the other hand, the aromatase-mediated conversion of testosterone to estrogen, particularly estradiol, plays a crucial role in bone metabolism, male reproductive function, and cognitive health.

To make a long story short:

While you may want to take aromatase inhibitors while on TRT, you also wouldn't want to completely suppress your body's ability to create estrogen, such as estradiol, because even men need some estrogen to function properly.


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Testosterone Replacement Therapy Laws in the US

A brief summary of the laws governing TRT in the United States

  1. Controlled Substances Act (CSA): The CSA is a federal law that regulates the manufacture, distribution, and dispensing of controlled substances, including testosterone. Testosterone is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance under the CSA, which means that it has a moderate to low potential for abuse and dependence.
  2. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA): The FDCA is a federal law that regulates the safety and effectiveness of drugs and medical devices. Testosterone replacement therapy products are subject to regulation by the FDA under the FDCA.
  3. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Regulations: The DEA is responsible for enforcing the CSA and has established regulations governing the registration, prescribing, and dispensing of controlled substances, including testosterone.
  4. State Medical Boards: State medical boards regulate the practice of medicine within their respective states, including the prescribing and administration of testosterone replacement therapy. State medical boards can discipline or revoke the licenses of healthcare providers who violate state laws or regulations related to testosterone replacement therapy.

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An Abbreviated History of TRT

A timeline of testosterone replacement therapy milestones

  • 1849: Arnold Adolph Berthold, a German physiologist, conducts experiments on roosters and observes that removing their testes causes changes in their physical characteristics.
  • 1889: Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard, a French physician, injects himself with a concoction made from the testicles of dogs and guinea pigs, claiming that it improved his physical and mental health.
  • 1935: The chemical structure of testosterone is first identified by Ernst Laqueur, a Dutch biochemist.
  • 1937: The first clinical trial of testosterone replacement therapy is conducted by Paul Heinrich Emmett and Enrest Laqueur in Amsterdam. They administer testosterone to a patient with low testosterone levels and report improvements in his physical and mental health.
  • 1944: The first synthetic form of testosterone, testosterone propionate, is developed.
  • 1953: A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that testosterone replacement therapy can improve muscle mass and strength in men with low testosterone levels.
  • 1960s: Testosterone replacement therapy becomes more widely available and is prescribed to men with low testosterone levels.
  • 1970s-1980s: The use of testosterone replacement therapy declines due to concerns about the risk of prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • 1990s: The development of newer forms of testosterone, such as testosterone enanthate and testosterone cypionate, leads to a renewed interest in testosterone replacement therapy.
  • 2000s: Testosterone replacement therapy becomes more popular, with sales of testosterone increasing rapidly.
  • 2010s: Studies suggest that testosterone replacement therapy may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer in some men, leading to increased scrutiny of the safety and efficacy of testosterone replacement therapy.
  • 2015: The FDA issues a safety alert warning that testosterone replacement therapy may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death in some men, leading to increased regulation of testosterone replacement therapy.

Today, testosterone replacement therapy continues to be a popular treatment option for men with low testosterone levels. However, it is important for individuals to work with a qualified healthcare provider to determine the appropriate form and dosage of testosterone for their individual needs and to monitor for potential side effects.

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The Half Lives of Different Forms of Testosterone

The following table lists the half-life of the most popular forms of testosterone used in testosterone replacement therapy from longest to shortest.

Form of Testosterone Half-Life
Testosterone cypionate 8 days
Testosterone enanthate 4.5 days
Testosterone undecanoate 20 days
Testosterone propionate 2 days
Testosterone gel (transdermal) 2-4 hours
Testosterone patches (transdermal) 24 hours
Testosterone pellets (implanted subcutaneously) 3-6 months
Buccal testosterone 10-12 hours
Nasal testosterone 2 hours

How long does it take to reach peak testosterone levels with TRT?

The table below shows how long it would take for testosterone to reach peak levels in the bloodstream for each type of testosterone. After the peak, testosterone levels will gradually decline until the next administration.

Form of Testosterone Time to Reach Peak Levels
Testosterone cypionate 2-3 days
Testosterone enanthate 2-4 days
Testosterone undecanoate 7-14 days
Testosterone propionate 1-2 days
Testosterone gel (transdermal) 2-6 hours
Testosterone patches (transdermal) 24 hours
Testosterone pellets (implanted subcutaneously) 1-2 weeks
Buccal testosterone 30 minutes
Nasal testosterone 30 minutes

How often do you take testosterone for TRT?

The table below shows how frequently each form of testosterone is typically administered.

Form of Testosterone Typical Administration Frequency
Testosterone cypionate Every 7-10 days
Testosterone enanthate Every 7-10 days
Testosterone undecanoate Every 10-14 weeks
Testosterone propionate Every 2-3 days
Testosterone gel (transdermal) Daily
Testosterone patches (transdermal) Daily
Testosterone pellets (implanted subcutaneously) Every 3-6 months
Buccal testosterone Twice daily
Nasal testosterone Twice daily

I personally split up dosage of testosterone enanthate into two shots per week because it provides me with more stable testosterone levels and reduces side effects.


Why are testosterone enanthate and testosterone cypionate taken at the same frequencies when they have very different half-lives?

Testosterone enanthate has a half-life of approximately 4-5 days, while testosterone cypionate has a half-life of approximately 8 days. This means that it takes longer for testosterone cypionate to be eliminated from the body compared to testosterone enanthate. However, both forms of testosterone have a similar duration of action, which is why they are both typically administered every 7-10 days in testosterone replacement therapy.

In this context, "duration of action" refers to the length of time that a drug remains active in the body after administration. For testosterone replacement therapy, the duration of action refers to the length of time that the testosterone levels remain within the therapeutic range after a dose of testosterone is administered.

The duration of action of a drug can depend on many factors, not just the half-life of the drug. While testosterone enanthate and testosterone cypionate have different half-lives, they have a similar duration of action because they both have a similar pharmacokinetic profile.

While testosterone cypionate has a longer half-life than testosterone enanthate, the duration of action is not solely determined by the half-life. Other factors, such as the rate of absorption and metabolism, can also impact the duration of action. Additionally, the frequency of administration can be adjusted to achieve the desired duration of action.

Ultimately, the appropriate form of testosterone and the frequency of administration should be determined by a healthcare provider based on the individual's specific needs and medical history.

Side Effects

10 TRT Side Effects to Talk to Your Doctor About

While TRT can be an effective treatment for men with low testosterone, there are several potential side effects and risks that your doctor may not have fully explained to you. Here are ten things you should know about testosterone replacement therapy:

  1. High hematocrit levels: Testosterone can stimulate the production of red blood cells, which can lead to an increase in hematocrit levels. High hematocrit levels can increase the risk of blood clots, stroke, and heart attack. Regular monitoring of hematocrit levels is necessary during TRT. I am a regular at the local blood donation centers because it helps me keep my hematocrit levels low. Win-Win!
  2. Hair loss: TRT can lead to an increased risk of hair loss in men who are genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness. If you are concerned about hair loss, talk to your doctor about alternative treatments or medications that can help. Speaking of...
  3. Side effects of medications for hair loss: Medications commonly used to treat hair loss, such as finasteride, can have sexual side effects such as decreased libido, gynecomastia and erectile dysfunction.
  4. Gynecomastia: TRT can lead to an imbalance of hormones that can cause the development of breast tissue in men. This condition, known as gynecomastia, can be treated with medications or surgery if it becomes a concern.
  5. Side effects of medications for gynecomastia: Medications commonly used to treat gynecomastia, such as tamoxifen, can have side effects such as hot flashes and mood changes.
  6. Testicular shrinkage: TRT can lead to testicular shrinkage due to a decrease in natural testosterone production. This is typically a temporary side effect and may be reversed by discontinuing TRT.
  7. Infertility: TRT can suppress the production of sperm in the testicles, which can lead to infertility. If you are interested in preserving fertility, talk to your doctor about options such as sperm banking before starting TRT.
  8. Increased risk of prostate cancer: TRT has been associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, particularly in men over the age of 65. Regular prostate exams and monitoring are necessary during TRT.
  9. Skin irritation: TRT can lead to skin irritation at the application site of topical testosterone gels or patches.
  10. Cardiovascular risks: TRT has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke, particularly in men with pre-existing cardiovascular disease. Your doctor should carefully evaluate your cardiovascular risk factors before prescribing TRT.

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HGH Vs Testosterone for Male Hormone Replacement Therapy

Two of the most commonly prescribed hormones for male HRT are human growth hormone (HGH) and testosterone. In this article, we will discuss the differences between HGH and testosterone therapy, compare their risks and side effects, and explore whether taking both may be beneficial for some individuals.

Human Growth Hormone Therapy

HGH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates cell reproduction, growth, and regeneration. HGH therapy involves the administration of synthetic HGH to help counteract the decline in natural production due to aging. Some potential benefits of HGH therapy include increased muscle mass, improved bone density, reduced body fat, and enhanced energy levels.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone is a vital male hormone responsible for maintaining muscle mass, bone density, and sexual function. As men age, testosterone levels gradually decline, leading to various health issues, including reduced muscle mass, increased body fat, decreased libido, and erectile dysfunction. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) involves the administration of synthetic testosterone to help restore optimal hormone levels and alleviate these symptoms.

Which is Better?

The choice between HGH therapy and testosterone replacement therapy depends on an individual's specific needs and health concerns. While both treatments can improve muscle mass, bone density, and overall well-being, they work through different mechanisms and target different aspects of hormonal health.

HGH therapy may be more appropriate for individuals with growth hormone deficiency, while TRT is generally prescribed for men with low testosterone levels. It's essential to consult a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate course of treatment based on your unique needs and hormone levels.

Risks and Side Effects

Both HGH therapy and TRT carry potential risks and side effects, and it's crucial to weigh these factors against the potential benefits of treatment.

HGH therapy can lead to side effects such as joint pain, swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome, and increased risk of diabetes. In some cases, HGH therapy has also been associated with an increased risk of certain cancers.

TRT, on the other hand, can cause side effects like acne, breast enlargement, reduced sperm production, and an increased risk of blood clots. There is also some concern about the potential link between TRT and prostate cancer, although more research is needed to establish a definitive connection.

Should I Take Both?

In some cases, combining HGH therapy with TRT may provide synergistic benefits for men experiencing hormonal imbalances. However, this approach should only be considered under the guidance and supervision of a qualified healthcare professional. Combining these treatments can increase the risk of side effects and may not be suitable for everyone.

When it comes to human growth hormone therapy vs. testosterone for male hormone replacement therapy, the decision depends on individual needs, hormone levels, and overall health. Both treatments can offer significant benefits for those experiencing hormonal imbalances, but it's crucial to work closely with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate course of action. By carefully weighing the potential risks and benefits, you can make an informed decision about the best approach to addressing your hormonal health concerns.