Renholder - I’m still waiting for my latest test results to see if my doctor will agree to give me anything to boost my low free T (about 1/3 of you level last time I was tested). I’d love to be in your shoes and have the chance to try ANY course of action that might bring improvement.
If given a choice, I too would prefer injection as a delivery method, since I believe it may be less costly and eliminates risk of transfer to partners. Plus, as a regular “gym rat,” I have some question about how well the gel stands up to significant sweating and/or multiple daily showers.
That said, my sense is that a lot of doctors - at least ones not associated with TRT clinics - probably have a bias toward starting with gels or patches to see whether and how well you respond to exogenous testosterone. For one thing, its easy for them. They don’t have to administer frequent injections or trust you to properly/safely self-inject.
I don’t see the harm in giving the gel a reasonable period of time to work. (I’m not sure how long that is, but evidently longer than the instantaneous “silver bullet” I was hoping for). If it fails to produce a sufficient boost in T levels to relieve symptoms, the doctor may be more willing to consider the injection route. If the gel DOES work for you, I’d enjoy the benefits for a while. Once you’re outside the “trial period” and it seems clear endogenous T is going to be part of a longer term therapy, maybe the doctor will be open to considering injection as a delivery method - especially if it really does have a substantially lower cost per unit of T delivered.
Nice. Keep us posted on what happens.
I`m scheduled for an ultrasound on the 30th of April and got an appointment with the doctor on the 2nd of May. If the ultrasound does not find anything else that is wrong, I will start with some kind of therapy on the 2nd or the 3rd.
I think I will ask for injections still, but I will accept testosterone gel as an alternative. My concerns is exactly the same as yours with regards to sweating, being active and transfer. I`ve also read a lot of reports about guys who did not boost their levels high enough with the gel, but apparently it works wonders for some.