It’s been 2 weeks since I started T (this is my 15th day) and I have seen quite a bit of changes. Most of the changes have been neurological. I haven’t really seen any physical changes. I’ve only seen a few and they have been minor (at least most of them), compared to the neurological changes (all of this is expected during this time). My guess is that that will change during the 3rd week. For the record, I’m on Androgel 1.62% and I take 40.5mg (2 pumps) daily (every morning).
With that said, here are the following changes that I’ve noticed since first going on T:
My sexual function (libido and potency) has made a big improvement. My sex drive is much more consistent. Whereas back then I only thought about sex occasionally, I’m now thinking about sex much more frequently (as in everyday). I seem to be taking greater pleasure in it (that is, I seem to be feeling it more), I seem to be more “ready” (if you know what I mean), and I seem to be paying even greater attention to visual stimuli. I first started to notice an elevation in my libido about an hour after I took my first dose of T – when I had my first sexual urge in weeks. The following morning, I noticed a return of my morning erections (which I had not had in a few months until then), and they have been consistent since then (I’m now waking up with morning wood everyday). My penis has also grown a bit – it looks a little more thicker than before, and its more sensitive than it was before. I’m very curious to see how much it grows after a few years go by. Lastly, my orgasms are more intense and my semen seems to be increasing in volume. I’m really surprised by how quickly my sexual function has improved. This is something that I didn’t expect to happen so soon – and I’m enjoying it!
My voice hasn’t changed yet – I still sound like Justin Bieber. My guess is that it’ll start changing very soon. I’m nearing the point were I’m going to start seeing changes in my voice. This is something that I’m most excited about and the most impatient about. I’m very self-conscious about my voice – which is the reason why I tend to avoid talking to people – because its not the manly voice I should have, so I’m really, really eager for it to start changing (or should I say, resume changing).
My facial hair seems to be growing back a bit quicker. It seems like there’s some more hair starting to grow in certain parts of my body (although its still scanty). I also seem to have increased peach fuzz. I’m assuming that I’ll start seeing thicker, darker hairs growing in during the 3rd or 4th week. I can’t wait to finally have visible facial hair!
My muscles seem to have gotten more firmer than before. They seem to have gotten a tiny bit bigger and I seem to be filling out some areas of my body that were just skin and bones before. I seem to have gained a little weight – I checked myself on a scale and I’m almost back to being in the 90s (supposedly, I’m 89 ibs now). My weight has always been unstable (its always been mostly in the 80s), and supposedly it won’t start stabilizing until I’m anywhere from 6 to 12 months on T. I really can’t wait for that to happen, I’m tired of being underweight and looking like a weakling. My strength also seems to have increased (I tested myself out). I am, however, going to a wait a little bit before I resume my fitness routine (about 3 months). My goal is to get bigger and stronger, as that is more of my thing (it’ll make me look like I mean business). I’m really excited to be able to put muscle on more easily, as well as getting back to my regular fitness routine.
My energy has increased, and my mood has improved. My mood swings are gone and I have become more patient with things and people. All of these things seemed to have happened during the first day. Not only that but the mild anxiety I was dealing with also seems to have disappeared (I noticed my anxiety lifting shortly after taking my first dose). I actually now feel like talking to people a bit more. I seem to have less social anxiety and feel more confident in talking to people, and I seem to be more open to socializing. The only thing holding me back would have to be my voice (again, I’m self-conscious about my voice).
My cognition has dramatically improved. My reaction times are quicker, I can remember things better, I can focus more better and more clearly, and I have more energy and patience to do intellectually-demanding tasks. Perhaps the best part of all is that my creativity seems to have gone up. Things are coming to me much more easily than before. Right now, I’m getting back into the groove of making/playing music, designing, and the like. I must say that I’m having more fun making/playing music and designing than I did back when I was Low T. I seem to be getting more ideas now, I’m getting ideas more easily, and are more motivated to organize them and act upon them. I seem to be able to improvise more easily now, whereas back then I had a really hard time doing so. It seems like learning/practicing my skills while being Low T is starting to pay off. The cognitive changes/benefits is something that I’m really enjoying as well.
My appetite has increased. I’m getting hungry more often and my portions have grown in size. I noticed this change on the evening of my first dose. I’ve also noticed that the bloating I used to have after every meal seems to have subsided. I guess this just shows that high Estrogen causes bloating (and it also shows that my E levels have decreased).
My Gynecomastia seems to be improving, but its just the beginning. We’ll have to wait and see how much its reduced in several months (or a year from now).
All of these changes happened during the first week (the first 5 days it seems). I haven’t really seen any more changes during the second week (its become pretty boring now). I’m sure (and I’m hoping) that I’ll be seeing more changes during the third week.
I’m guessing that my T levels are now anywhere from 500-700. My goal is to get my T levels in the optimal range, between 700 and 1,000. For my E2 levels, my guess is that they’re now in the 40-100 range. My goal is to get them anywhere between 20 and 40, with 25-30 being my preferred spot. I have my next blood draw on the 26 and my next appointment with my Endocrinologist on October 10, so I won’t know until then (I might need to increase my dose by one pump on my next appointment). I also won’t know if I have to increase my dose until then.
One thing I’m trying to do to further improve my health and aid my recovery from Low T is to incorporate (more like re-incorporate) more good dietary fats into my diet, as I’m am pretty deficient in them. This has always been a trouble spot for me since I’m not buying my own food and I need to scrap up the money to buy them, but I’m going to work towards that. I’m also going to work towards getting back to being fully Primal (I’m partly Primal right now – because of my financial situation). Getting more good dietary fats will further increase my energy levels and make them more sustained.
I’m very happy with the changes I have seen. I’m even more amazed at how fast the expected first changes happened. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen next. I feel great and, like I said before, I’m never going back to being Low T ever again!
I’ll be posting another TRT update either in 2 more weeks or on the last day of this month or the first day of October. I’ll see ya’ll again next time!