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After a long absence from the forum, I am shocked to hear this. I had always apprecated Peak's sincere efforts to help forum members and I exchanged several PMs with him. What a tragic loss!

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Re: Subq Injection sites
« on: February 18, 2016, 10:35:32 pm »
I had no reaction injecting Subq HCG (Pregnyl) 2 inches either side of the navel but I did get lumps and occasional bruising with Sustanon 250 injected on the opposite side to the HCG at the same time. For that reason, I changed to injecting the Sustanon at the top of each thigh alternately. That was absolutely fine but, about six months ago, I decided to try shallow IM in the glutes. After all, the manufacturers still insist that Sustanon should only be used IM. By using frequent (EoD) smaller doses (0.1ml) shallow IM, I get none of the pain that always follows deep IM injections for several days after the 3-weekly 1ml shot.

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Have you had a penile Doppler test done to check your blood flow?  It can be an important clue.

Penile dappler test. I have not heard it ever.

Doppler is another name for ultra-sound. It's the same principle used in police radar speed checks. Doppler was the name of an Austrian scientist who, in the late 1800s) observed that the sound of a long horn blast from a moving vehicle (such as a train) appears to change frequency as it approaches and passes the listening point. The radar/ultrasound equipment fires a signal at a moving target (a road vehicle or blood in an artery) and measures the time it takes for a reflection of that signal to return to the point of origin. The result is a precise measurement of the speed of the vehicle or the flow of blood.

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Dang!  How much DHEA?  Any chance you knew your cortisol, roughly?

I was taking 150mg is one dose per day over a period of several months. This was a few years ago and I dont recall my cortisol level at that time but I do know that I have never had abnormal cortisol readings.

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I have no idea why this was so and my doc even less.
And yet you have the answer in your post ;)

What I meant was that I had no idea why I had improved libido and erections with such a high E2 reading.

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I have previously written that, during my efforts to self-medicate to correct ED, I took high doses of DHEA and found the results were excellent. My libido shot up and my erections were restored. However, I suffered very sensitive itchy nipples. Worried about possible gyno, I asked my doc for a blood test and the result showed that my E2 was some 5 times above the top of the range. I have no idea why this was so and my doc even less.

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I have heard that doctors do not rub injection sites for two reasons. The first is that it forces the fluid to disperse into surrounding tissues and may cause local trauma in the process. Secondly, it increases the risk of infection through the hole made by the needle.

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I use backfilling with Sustanon 250 in 30G syringes with fixed needles. The main reason is that the action of piercing the top of a vial blunts the needle (try looking at the needle tip under a microscope after filling). You can certainly feel the difference and, it worries me that tiny particles of the steel could then be deposited during the injection process.
Also, backfilling avoids the loss of the T that inevitably occurs when withdrawing because it is very difficult to withdraw the last drops from the vial.

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It could be an indication of allergy or sensitivity to the cypionate ester. You could try changing to another ester.

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... and all of the above ignores what is probably the primary cause of ED in the majority of men over the age of 45-50, namely metabolic syndrome. No matter where his TT or FT levels may be, a man with full-blown metabolic syndrome is unlikely to benefit from TRT.
Extensive research has shown that erection quality is not dependent on high levels of T. It is affected by a wide range of contributing factors and, while boosting T may benefit some men with ED, it is not a universal solution.
In particular, men with the classic features of metabolic syndrome need to address their lifestyle and diet in order to restore their general fitness. More often than not, their erectile capability will also be gradually restored but it is a slow process and requires lots of patience and dedication.

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Re: Vitaros Review
« on: January 03, 2016, 10:40:42 pm »

Let us know what they say (if anything)...

That was 12-months ago. Needless to say, they did not respond.

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I'm a young man and outside of hypogonadism am completely healthy. Restoring testosterone within a healthy range completely restores my erectile function and libido. I think it's a complicated problem for some older men with testosterone being only a part of the puzzle as opposed to a cure all. Sometimes makes me wonder if they are on to something with the classical vs loh (late onset hypogonadism) debate.

I am sure you are right. Prior to my inguinal hernia op at age 55, I had a very active and trouble-free sex life. Even when I had my first blood test (at 68) my TT level was only just below mid-range and all of my other hormone levels were reasonable. Looking back, it seems that it was rather futile to go on TRT but I was getting desperate.

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The process of erection is so complex that it is hardly surprising that testosterone deficiency is not the only factor involved. I have personal experience of raising both total T and free T to the top of the range, simultaneously, without any significant benefit. I have taken every type of herbal supplement and used every type of erection enhancement pill and device, without any substantial effect. My personal feeling is that my problem is metabolic syndrome.

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Re: Vitaros Review
« on: January 03, 2016, 04:44:44 pm »
I know this thread has not been used for some time but I wanted to add that I gave up on both Vytaros(Vitaros) and Caverject because I really cannot tolerate the 6 - 8 hours of penile aching that follows their use. Research has shown that it is the alprostadil content that causes this pain. With injections, most men say the bimix alternative doe not have that problem. Vitaros is based on alprostadil and there is no alternative. Consequently, I am left with no valid erection restorer. At least I still have the ability to get a semi, so ejaculation is possible when the mood comes over me.

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Hairy men are usually associated with virility so yes, testosterone does tend to increase hair growth. On the other hand, a lot of men convert T to DHT and that tends to cause hair loss, particularly on the head. (Male pattern baldness.) So, it all depends on the individual.

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