I'm 54 and have been on TRT, on and off for 2 decades. I prefer the compounded cream applied as noted in my signature. I've gotten older and I absolutely do not feel like the robust high energy man I was at 30 when this shit started. However, I work out regularly, I've put a lot of effort into maintaining my strength as I have an autoimmune disease that absolutely saps energy and strength. At my age, I don't feel like taking life by the horns. I feel like going to work, doing my job, and trying to take some time off to do the projects I've put off for the last 20 years. Heck even fixing the water softener taxes my strength and endurance now.
HOWEVER, the topical testosterone compounded cream drives my libido into orbit. I think about sex all day long, talk to the women when ever possible and greatly annoy my wife with my "requests". I've learned to live with it and remain faithfully married. While my capability may not be what it was when I was young, I remain every bit as interested as ever. And yes, I feel like, and am glad to be, a man.
Getting older is part of life and I'm not sure how much of my decline is age, how much is autoimmune and how much is somehow related to other issues I have (there are many) .
Thats the thing using the gels the first few years my libido was INSANE.
That is totally gone.
But also the energy and vitality and the hunger (appetite) and strength in gym etc ettc
I've done tons of labs and everything except slightly high blood sugar comes up normal.
Here are my labs:
Follicle Stimulating Hormone [FSH]
Luteinizing Hormone [LH]
Reproductive and Gonadal
NOTE: Fulvestrant has been shown to interfere
with estradiol testing by this direct
immunoassay. Results for patients taking
this medication may be falsely elevated to
a clinically-significant degree.
Some steroidal aromatase inhibitors are
structurally related to estradiol and may
interfere with some direct immunoassays.
8.4 - 28.8
Total Testosterone levels may not reflect the
biologically-active testosterone when SHBG levels
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
10.0 - 70.0