Last anyone heard, I was on an “indefinite” break from Testosterone. Well, that indefinite break lasted a grand total of about 2 weeks, and I’ve been back on T ever since, which makes for a very confusing grand total of about 9 months, ish.
Although 2 weeks is not very long, and this was my second-time-off/third-time-on, this time it was… different. The reasons for that deserved its own long-winded explanation.
Here’s what happened in between then and now.
Quick Timeline Recap
- January: Started T, low dose cream.
- End of April: Stopped for 2 weeks.
- Early May: Started again.
- Early June: Stopped T, for good. Well, indefinitely.
- Mid June: Went back on T, for good. Well, indefinitely.
Which brings us up to speed.
Low Dose Cream, Part 2
In the middle of all this, I had to switch primary care providers because my insurance was not covering my previous one. Well, this new doctor is just as wonderful, if not more!
In June I saw her for the first time. We talked about dosage, and agreed to start me back on 1g of cream.
This was my original target dose when I first started, but due to an unfortunate lack of information at the time, I ended up taking double that for the first few months, thus freaking out at the unanticipated speed and intensity of changes. Moreover, I wrote an intricate article deciphering the different dosages of testosterone in its various delivery methods, so now I’m pretty much a pro (well… it’s still confusing half the time.)
Starting at 1g, I gradually worked my way up to 1.8g. I was not seeing any changes, which is all well and dandy for avoiding chest hair as long as possible, but it does defeat the purpose of taking hormones. In short, the cream was not doing much, even at the maximum dose (not to mention there was not enough thigh on which to slather it on).
With the current supply dwindling, I was prompted to start considering other options. My new doctor and I concluded that the cream was probably not crossing that “low-dose threshold” necessary to induce masculinization. She proposed the gel, but since I’m not listed as Male on insurance it’s not covered, and thus costs about $300/month. Yikes! That leaves us with one last option…
So, last Wednesday I received my 2nd shot of Testosterone, 100ml every two weeks. I was a little giddy and quite proud, to be honest.
This marks about 9 months or so on T, or 10.5 continuous months including the breaks. (However, given that I’ve been on a fairly low dose for a while, I don’t think my progress is reflective of people who have been on hormones for this long.)
The needle doesn’t actually hurt going in, but my leg was sore for a few days after. Thankfully I am not afraid of needles, and while nobody likes to poke themselves, it is actually not that bad. Especially now that I really am looking forward to all the changes hormones might bring!