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I am a 34 y/o male diagnosed with low T. In September 2013 my TT was at 350 prior to treatment. FT was in the normal range. Urologist treated me with Axiron: 1 pump under each arm/day (30 mg/pump). No noticeable changes in libido, my primary symptom. At my next appointment TT was only 390 and FT was still in the lower end of normal range. Doc increased dosage to two pumps under each arm/day (doubled previous script). At this dosage I noticed sexual cravings increase as I had never felt them before. I was constantly harassing the wife! Regarding other symptoms (depression, weight gain, lack of energy) I did not feel a noticeable difference. Next round of bloodwork came back with TT in the upper 600s and FT at the max end of the normal range. Voila! Libido problem solved!

Long story short, my insurance changed and the cost of Axiron has increased from 50/month (copay) to 250/month (copay)! I am very stressed about this because I had a great result and now I likely can't afford the meds anymore! I have read that T-cyp can be cheaper. I want to recommend this course of action to my doc to cut my costs. I feel like my doc might be a bit clueless on the injections. Any protcol recommendations?

Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / HRT and insurance
« on: September 20, 2013, 04:41:35 pm »
I will be discussing Hrt options with a urologist in Tuesday. I have searched my plan's website (Aetna) and discovered that topical gels are the only things covered.  Is that unusual? I am worried because I have read about the ineffectiveness of the gels. Anyone heard of ways around this?

Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Info overload
« on: September 16, 2013, 01:38:04 am »
There are so many suggestions on this site for better eating, dieting, exercising, and living! There are So many ideas for increasing happiness, motivation, and libido that one doesn't know where to begin! Anyone have any step-by-step, meal-by-meal, pill -by-pill, supplement-by-supplement protocols?


For as long as I can remember I have put up with depression, fatigue, lack of motivation, irritability, social anxiety, decreased libido, and just a general bit of BLAH. Three years ago, my wife and I attempted to conceive, but no dice! I saw a urologist and my TT level came back at 320, with elevated FSH. I also found out my boys were producing almost nothing in the way of sperm. Since the focus was fertility, TRT was not indicated as treatment. In fact, there was no treatment for my infertility. We conceived through IVF. Now it has been three years since I first found out that there was something wrong with my testicles. I went recently and got my TT checked, and sure enough it was at 350. I understand that this is low-normal. I am now considering TRT to assist with all of the symptoms I mentioned above. Anyone out there who had a level similar to mine that really felt significantly better after choosing TRT? I do not want to elect TRT unless I am sure I will feel better.

A few more things about me: pretty well distributed body hair except for my chest and beard, spotty at best.
Worked out like crazy until I was 18 and even then never had great definition. worked out on and off until age 25 with mixed results. currently, I live a sedentary lifestyle and I feel it is mostly due to a lack of energy/will power/motivation to do anything. I have never been a go-getter, always reserved and shy with women, always passive and letting other take the lead. Sports never came natural to me, I was never aggressive enough. Could all of these things be related to low-T? Could all these things be changed by TRT?

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