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Old 07-02-2006, 05:24 PM   #1
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Depo Testosterone, Or Cypionate?

I am taking testosterone injections twice monthly for hypogonadism ( I'm 22). Iv'e been taking testosterone cypionate. But I am wondering if I am on the right stuff. Is Ethonate and cypionate different? and is one better then the other? And what is depo testosterone? I'm kinda stumped here, and my next appointment with my endo is 7 weeks away so I won't get a chance to ask him until then. Can someone shed some light on this? The cypionate doesn't seem to have any effect on me, and i"m wondering if the other type might make a difference. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

 
Old 07-03-2006, 08:16 AM   #2
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Re: Depo Testosterone, Or Cypionate?

Were tests done to find out why the testosterone was low? Was the thyroid tested? many things can cause the low testosterone.

If you are planning on having children, was HCG injections considered? This will make the testicles produce more sperm & testosterone if they are functional.


Long term injection of testosterone can shrink the testicles & stop production of sperm & any natural testosterone.

What was your testosterone level before the injections were started? What was the range for the tests? At your age the "T" levels should be in the upper 1/4 of the "normal" range.

What is the"T" dosage in mg? Most injections are weekly at about 100mg. This is to reduce the conversion of "T" to E2 on the day of the injection.

If the E2 is in the upper half of the "normal", you will probably start growing boobs. At your age it should be in the lower 1/4 of the "normal" range.

The E2 can be reduced if it gets too high, Usually the body will self regulate if the Testosterone:Estrogen E2 ratio is over 20 to 1.

What was your estrogen E2 level before the "T" injections were started?
What was the range?

Hormone tests, male & female, should be done every couple of months at the start to adjust your dosage levels to the correct amount. Then about every 6 months after that.

Always get a copy of the actual test results of youyr hormones for your records.

 
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Old 07-06-2006, 08:12 PM   #3
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Re: Depo Testosterone, Or Cypionate?

Depo and Cyp are the same thing.

JinL's advice is good. At 22 I would be very surprised if you had primary hypogonadism (meaning the testicles dont work). Even if you did I think HCG injections should be taken along with the testosterone to prevent testicular atrophy where the testicles shrink, shutdown and stop making T and sperm.

Discuss this with your endo. Tell him you want to remain fertile due to your age. If he does not want to use HCG then find another doctor.

Also you are very young to have this. Most likely you have secondary hypogonadism at your age. Did they do an MRI of your pituitary? That is standard for secondary hypogonadism. Its also possible you could have a small benign (non cancerous) tumor called an ademona on the pituitary causing this. If so, it may be able to be removed which would be a permanent cure.

If your doctor did not discuss fertility with you when you are 22 and just put you on testosterone replacement then shame on him (or her). There's no excuse for that.

Last edited by hayfarmer; 07-06-2006 at 08:13 PM.

 
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