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A friend recently went on testosterone

He’s 45 and his doctor put him on testosterone. I don’t think he was deficient— apparently it goes down with age.

He’s now suddenly muscular and hot. He said, despite a lifetime of going to the gym, he had never been anywhere this buff. This has led, of course, to more sex than he had ever had. Men throw themselves at him.

Isn’t there some risk of heart attack with testosterone? Should we all be on this?

by Anonymousreply 17Last Monday at 3:44 PM

He can look forward to BB balls and head hair loss; unwanted hair elsewhere.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Sunday at 3:28 PM

On another thread, I posted about my boss going on TT and developed prostate cancer shortly thereafter. Anecdotal for sure but food for thought.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Sunday at 3:35 PM

Does he now fly into uncontrolled rages, OP?

by Anonymousreply 3Last Sunday at 3:48 PM

I asked my doctor for Testosterone about then years ago, when lifting weights was not producing the same gains as it used to. It made me feel great, ten years younger. My chest hair and pubes grew thicker, but I liked it. Two years later, after I had seen new progress in my fitness routine, my shoulder gave out while bench-pressing. I needed rotator cuff surgery. So, at the surgeon's advice I stopped taking the Testosterone.

I'm now at an age where muscular development is no longer important. I eat smartly and walk every day. Then and again I take a wistful look at pictures of me when I had muscles. I was young then, no turning back now.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Sunday at 3:51 PM

It makes you insanely horny.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Sunday at 4:10 PM

Any reputable dr. would advise against testosterone replacement unless there was some overwhelming medical need, which is unlikely. The side effects can be serious like increased heart valve plaque, but worse your balls will shrink to the size of raisins.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Sunday at 4:13 PM

I’m curious about the difference between OTC and Rx strength levels. Also, with the Rx, do you have to attach (adhesive?) to your balls with all brands? Last time I checked it out it seemed like all Rx level strength TT was applied this way…but that was a relatively long time ago.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Sunday at 4:15 PM

Yes, it makes you crazy horny. Sex twice daily was not enough.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Sunday at 4:22 PM

Any reputable doctor who uses TRT should follow protocols that include regular lab monitoring, a course of HCG to prevent testicular atrophy and preserve fertility, and an aromatase inhibitor to prevent the conversion of testosterone to estradiol. I'm 44 and starting my second year on this protocol and have really transformed my body- I have dropped 50 lbs, flattened my stomach and am more aggressive- both sexually and professionally. My insurance covers it and I haven't had any negative side effects- no weird hair growth, my balls are their normal size and my heart and prostate are all doing fine.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Sunday at 10:34 PM

Messing with your body like that never ends well.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Sunday at 10:35 PM

There was a King Of The Hill episode about this.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Sunday at 10:57 PM

Aortic Aneurysm. Don't mess with the T.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Sunday at 11:04 PM

If taken properly and with monitoring your testicles will remain the same size. Body hair may or may not increase and you can keep you head hair.

A lot of mythology springs up because so many people in bodybuilding use too much. A normal amount when needed with have few, if any side effects.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Sunday at 11:05 PM

And just where do sellers get this testosterone?

Is it a chemical formula or must they have live donors?

by Anonymousreply 14Last Monday at 3:39 AM

R14 they harvest it from the bodies of traveling businessmen.

You may find yourself in a bathtub surrounded by ice with a note.

Sorry. we have taken your testosterone.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Monday at 5:22 AM

I take the lower-end dosage as the prescribed amount aggravates my sleep apnea, so my overall side effects are minimal but still keeps me in lab range

by Anonymousreply 16Last Monday at 5:27 AM

My doctor injected testosterone into my buttock, R7. He alternated cheeks with every three month shot. I have blood work done every three months; he keeps a good eye on it.

One time a nurse decided she needed some momentum to get the needle through my muscle, so she wound up like a softball player and jammed it into me. I swear my rectum cramped up in that moment. It wasn't a pleasant sensation.

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