Okay, so you thought it over and decided you’re not gonna take feeling like shit anymore. You are 38 years-old and you have many symptoms related to “Low T.” You set up an appointment with your General Practitioner, get your blood work done and it comes back at 260. The normal range is 280-1070. Then the doctor asks you which one of the following do you want prescribed:
1. Testosterone Cream/ Andro Gel
2. Testosterone Pellets
3. Testosterone Shots
Oh, crap. Decisions, decisions! Stop! Don’t make this any harder than it needs to be. I got you. One thing at a time here. You have control about what you want to do, when do you want to do it, and how you want to proceed. You decide. You have to be your own advocate. I started out on the cream and then later changed to the shots about six months in. Do what’s right for you.
For the dads that are thinking about TRT and haven’t done blood work, here is your cheat sheet, and for the dads that have maybe just started on testosterone, you are in the drivers seat. If you see something new here, you can always stop or alter what you are doing! Here we go.
Testosterone Cream/ Andro Gel
I got mine from a compound pharmacy. The application for use is to rub it on the inside of one of your thighs. It takes a few mins to absorb and dry. It releases into your bloodstream, slowly raising testosterone levels.
I remember rubbing this on and it taking forever to dry. I had this all in my underwear and on the other thigh. Half was going into my body the other everywhere else. Plus you have to be careful not to get it on others. It was a little bit of a hassle. After a few months, I got my blood work tested again and it went up from the initial 244 to 400. Not high enough for the hassle and payout in my opinion. My monthly out of pocket was around $75.00 (this will generally depend on your insurance coverage).
I have never tried these, but have friends who are on them. You have to go to a wellness center for these, I believe as a typical GP will not inject these into you. The application for use on these are to inject multiple pellets/BB’s of testosterone into one side of your buttock. It will form a small puncture and knot. These pellets slowly breakdown and release the testosterone into the bloodstream over time.
Each round can last anywhere from 3-6 months. You’ll need to get blood tested every three months to monitor your results. Most insurance will not cover any aspect of this therapy. One friend said the initial out of pocket cost for him was $1,100. I believe each round consists of blood test, and wellness center visit, and injection. Typically, a round of just the pellets will cost you $600.
This application for use is a weekly injection, typically 1 milliliter of Testosterone Cypinate, once a week. You can either go to a wellness clinic or a GP for the injection or you have the choice to give your own shot. Typically when you go to a wellness center, you will pay much more than if you visit a GP, but if you decide to take your own shot, it doesn’t cost you anything additionally.
I currently am on 1 ml weekly. With this method and this amount, my testosterone level typically hangs out around 680. I choose to have my script sent to CVS and I take my own shots and luckily it’s covered by insurance and I pay around $2 per shot. Remember each insurance plan is different. Other insurance companies may not have as good of coverage, but overall it’s still very affordable form of obtaining the hormone.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of the different methods and an idea of the current cost. It is up to you to find your own preferred method. Generally, its all the same, but depending on the method and carrier, some places will charge you dearly for it (I find the wellness clinics are more than ready to take your money.)
In Part 2 I will talk about the steps you should take after you start on TRT.