Testosterone replacement therapy for me can be a life changing treatment. However there can be lots of unwanted side effects that go along with it. In this article we will highlight some of the testosterone replacement therapy side effects for men.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Acne Side Effects
Probably the most common side effect that men get from TRT is acne. While this is not a health concern or anything to get worried about, it can definitely be annoying. The most common areas for acne to develop is the back, shoulders and chest. The main problem with acne caused by injecting testosterone is that most of the acne are not the ones that form a white head that you can easily pop. Sure some of them will definitely develop a white head, but many will be the type that kind of stay red and never really come to a head. While these are not painful, they are unsightly and annoying. While you may be able to pop some of them, many will never come to a head and will eventually go away.
Many people believe that the cause of this acne forming is higher levels of estrogen that occur when you inject outside testosterone. Your doctor may put you on what is called an Aromatase Inhibitor called Arimdex to help lower your estrogen levels. I personally take a supplement called Calcium D-Glucarate to help control my estrogen levels. Another popular supplement to help with estrogen is called Diindolylmethane or DIM.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Oily Skin Side Effect
I’m not going to of into great detail about oily skin. But you will most likely see that your skin overall gets more oily.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Hair Loss Side Effect
Hair loss is a touchy subject for any man. Unfortunately one very negative side effect of TRT can be hair loss. If you are genetically prone to balding or are already balding, there is a good chance that TRT will speed this process up. Every man will respond differently in the aspect of losing hair when starting TRT. Many men will use a product containing Minoxidil like Rogain or a prescription medicine called Finasteride to try and slow the process of balding.
Now if you are not genetically prone to balding you are most likely good to go on the hair loss side of things. But you should definitely keep an eye on if you start shedding hair more then normal.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy High Estrogen Side Effects
High estrogen can rear it’s ugly head when you are on TRT. I am going to be writing an entire article about this subject. But there are many possible side effects when you estrogen gets too high. None of them are life threatening or anything like that, but they can be very annoying. This is one of the most controversial subjects in the TRT community. That is another article in itself 🙂 Here is a list of some of the possible side effects if your estrogen gets too high.
- Gynoclomastia (Man Boobs)
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Reduced Sex Drive
- Overly Emotional
- Losing Muscle Mass
- Hot Flashes
- Brain Fog
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Elevated Hematocrit Side Effect
In layman’s terms elevated Hematocrit means that you have a higher amount of red blood cells in your body. This causes your blood to be thicker then normal. Testosterone stimulates your bone marrow to produce more red blood cells then normal. Most blood tests place 54 as the highest range of normal hematocrit. Some side effects of high hematocrit are tingling in the the feet or hands (Pins and needles) headache, flushing of the skin and feeling tired.
Many men use grapefruit, grapefruit juice or a supplement called Naringin to help keep hematocrit levels in check. Some men including myself donate blood 3 to 4 times per year. Donating one pint of blood usually lowers your hematocrit levels by about 3 points on a blood test, but can vary from man to man.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Elevated Fertility Side Effects
One of the largely misunderstood side effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy is fertility. Most people have the misconception that TRT automatically makes you infertile as a man. Many men have conceived children while on TRT and even heavy steroid cycles. But TRT definitely does lower your chances of having a baby and does make some men infertile. So do not think that just because you are on TRT that there is no chance you can get someone pregnant. Nature sometimes find a way 🙂
Many doctors and TRT clinics prescribe medicines like HCG or Gonadorellin to help maintain fertility while on TRT.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Testicle Shrinkage Side Effect
Most men will experience their balls shrinking after a few months on Testosterone Replacement Therapy without taking any other medicines. The reason your testicles shrink on TRT is that your testicles are no longer making testosterone. So they are not active like they used to be. It is the same concept as muscles. If they are not used they have no reason to stay large in size, so they shrink. How much they shrink is really a man by man case. Some men stay the same size, some men only shrink like 20% and some men can shrink even more.
Many doctors and TRT clinics prescribe medicines like HCG or Gonadorellin to help reduce testicle atrophy while on TRT.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Low Sperm Count and Volume Side Effect
As we discussed above your balls are most likely going to shrink to some degree when starting TRT. With smaller balls comes lower sperm counts and less ejaculate volume. Some men really care about their volume and some really don’t care. But your prospering porn career may suffer if you start TRT 🙂 Some men have had success increasing their semen volume with supplements like Zinc, Vitamin D3, Folic Acid, L-Arginine and L-Lysine.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Side Effects Conclusion
This is definitely not a complete list of TRT side effects, but these are the most common side effects most men may encounter when starting a TRT protocol. There is no free lunch. While TRT can offer so many great benefits like increased energy, increased muscle mass, increased libido, stronger erections, etc it always does come with some possible side effects. Most men learn how to manage any side effects they may encounter over time. I hope this article is helpful on your TRT journey!
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