Throughout this article I’ll be giving my chronicles of my progress with testosterone replacement therapy aka TRT for short.
Before we start with how TRT is making me feel, let’s do a quick recap of how I find out I had low testosterone & how I progressed. Feel free to skip forward if you’re not interested in the backstory.
How I Found Out I Had Low Testosterone
There I was 30 days into NoFap & I was curious too see if NoFap did anything for raising my testosterone levels.
So I had taken a day off work to get my car worked on & there was a LabCorp office right beside the car mechanic.
Decided what the heck, would give me something to do while I wait.
Note: You don’t just walk into a LabCorp & tell them you want your testosterone levels. What you do is just order a test online from somewhere such as DiscountedLabs.com.
You pay for the test they send you paperwork to you through email. You print that paperwork off & bring it to your nearest LabCorp.
After that you will get your results back through your email in a few days to a week.
No need to see a Dr or anything. Very easy & simple to do.
Well about 3 days later I got my results back to find out my overall Testosterone was in the low 300’s.
This led me to diving into a non-stop researching about TRT. The symptoms of low T, the benefits, risks & everything you could think of about going on TRT.
Speaking of symptoms of low T was I having any?
My Low Testosterone Symptoms
Here is everything I was going through as a 28 year old man. The prime of my life, or what should be.
- Depression (Was taking an Antidepressant Effexor for it)
- ADHD ( Taking Adderall for it)
- Zero sex drive, no morning wood. (Yeah..so much for the prime of my life eh?)
- Had social anxiety (somewhat).
- Hard to lose body fat.
Now where some of this gets tricky is some of these can be contributed to side effects from the Effexor I was taking but I didn’t want to stop it because I was scared of how the depression would effect my performance at work.
Also, Effexor as with most anti-depressants are known to be a killer for sexual performance. (I had these issues even before starting.).
Energy wise was hard to gauge for me because the Adderall usually kept me going, along with a good amount of caffeine.
I ended up quitting the Effexor about two weeks before I started on TRT because I wanted to see how different I felt & how the TRT impacted it. (More on this below).
Where Did I Go To Find A TRT Doctor
At first I searched around various clinics near me. I knew how much of a pain it would be to get my Primary Care Physician to put me on TRT, that was even if he knew much about it.
Reading around on multiple forums/communities, you’ll find a lot of reviews that most regular Doctors have no clue about prescribing TRT. Heck, even some specialists don’t seem to fully understand what all goes into treating a TRT patient.
After much research, this led me to going with a clinic called Defy Medical. Their office is in Florida but they are able treat patients across the United States since it’s a telemedicine clinic which they can do their consults over the phone. You never have to set foot in their office.
Here is my Defy Medical review, if you want to see more about them.
Diet / Exercise
I have been lifting for about 8 years now & put on a ton of muscle, which no one can really see because it’s covered by so much dang fat.
I workout 3-4 times a week. Over the past year my workouts have been very lackluster. No intensity, what so ever.
I starting dieting 1 week for starting TRT or I guess I should say “cutting”, if I want to sound more manly about losing weight.
Just wanted to give a general overview here of what I’m doing. I’m not going to update with my lift numbers or anything like that. Just posting progress pics through this process.
(TRT Weeks 1-4) How I Felt After First Starting TRT
Was insanely excited when my Testosterone & Hcg came in through the mail. It literally felt like Christmas!
There won’t be to much to report at this point but I will document it just for the heck of it.
Strength: I want to say strength is slightly up but I think I may have just had a good day or two of lifts. Don’t want to give the trt credit yet since I’m not noticing it working anywhere else.
Libido: As of now. I feel nothing from it. Haven’t noticed anything yet from the TRT. No libido boost or anything.
From pretty much everything I’ve read, you don’t start to notice the effects of trt until somewhere between weeks 4-8.
With that being said, I did notice a couple of things.
Mental State: On the 2nd week it I seemed to have a spike in anxiety, just general anxiety. Seemed to go away by week 3.
This isn’t uncommon from what I’ve read.
Now as I mentioned in my symptoms section towards the start, I stopped taking my anti-depressant Effexor.
I noticed after stopping this that I was not craving sweets as much & the adderall was working better.
Only mentioning this because I’m gonna be posting updated pics of how I look through this process.
I noticed I was down about 4lbs which brought me around to 196lb (starting weight was 200lb). This was a good start because it may have actually been more because you usually gain water weight after starting trt.
Sleep: Around the fourth week I started waking up about an hour after going to bed. Would almost be an exact hour everytime. Wasn’t to use the bathroom or hunger, just woke up & felt fully awake. Was very weird.
I am able to go back to sleep after about 30 mins but hopefully this goes away, rather annoying more than anything because sometimes I have a difficult time going back to sleep.