In my article on the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy, I talked about my decision to go on TRT at the age of 29. In the prime of my life, I discovered I had the testosterone levels of a geriatric (old man). How and when symptoms of low testosterone manifest, depends on the individual. Some men don’t suffer until they get into the 300 levels, other suffer horrendously at levels of 500.
Personally, it wasn’t until my testosterone hit 400, that things took a turn for the worse. My performance in the gym plummeted, my relationships began to suffer and I felt like a shadow of my former self. I was completely lost in a fog of anxiety and depression. I had hit rock bottom. No amount of mindfulness prepares you for the way you feel when your hormones fall off a cliff. I honestly didn’t know if I cared whether I lived or not. But there was still a part of me that refused to accept defeat. I thought if I’m going to live, then I want to live a life of quality and I innately knew it meant going on TRT. I see literally countless guys with symptoms of low T, yet almost all of them refuse to acknowledge the condition. If you want a mediocre life then that’s your choice. It was never an option for me.
The Next Step After some sleepless nights, I decided to seek treatment for my condition. There were some mental blocks. I have mentioned this elsewhere but I feel it’s important to stress. I spent hours reading Jay Campbell’s book, The Definitive TRT MANual. Over and over again, I poured thru it. Highlighting passage after passage until the scientific terms began to sink in.
I supplemented Jay’s book by voraciously consuming the content from the Excel Male Forum. Many young men undergoing hormone replacement therapy are encouraged to start on Clomid in order to maintain their fertility. After research and discussions with men who were treated with Clomid, I decided I wasn’t comfortable with it as a treatment option.
Fortunately, my doctor listened to my concerns and allowed me to choose my treatment protocol. I opted to go on TRT. (It must be stated it is rare to have a Physician offer a man of child bearing age TRT without first using a less disruptive HPTA medication like Clomid or beta hCG.) Due to my awareness and knowledge of others my age using Clomid, I didn’t want to start down that pathway and adequately proved my case to my Doctor. I began my therapy by working with my doctor while closely analyzing my blood work. I took tests every 3-4 weeks to see the effects it had on my body. Due to the depth of my knowledge from reading Jay’s book and my online research, I didn’t leave everything up to my doctor. I lived life by my motto: my health, my responsibility. At first, reading lab results made my head spin. It was brutal trying to make sense of the different lab tests and reference ranges. Eventually the test readouts began to make more sense. I read books on lab tests and googled every term I didn’t understand.
I’m now at the point where I can comfortably read blood work. I have to admit there were times I was impatient and wondered whether the treatment would ever work. It took a couple of months before I started to notice the effects of TRT. The so called ‘life changing’ feelings I had heard and read so much about. The enhanced focus and drive from TRT allowed me to channel my energy more efficiently in the gym. I’ve never been in such good physical condition, and I’m confident (due to my neurological efficiency improving as I age), things will only improve from here. Before TRT, and due to my lack of balance between testosterone and estrogen, I lost my temper a lot more. Now I feel there is a calm undercurrent in every aspect of my life. I still experience emotional ups and downs, but overall I feel more grounded. I’m bolder and want to take more risks. In fact, a few months ago I left my home in the UK to move to another country. I’m 100% convinced optimizing my hormonal health with Testosterone had something to do with it.
A Picture Says A Thousand Words Take a look at the two pictures of me.
The first picture is the day I started TRT back in January. I look worried and unconfident. In fact I remember that day vividly; I had filled my testosterone prescription but had been putting off injecting for weeks. I was on the verge of a changing my life, but I was paralyzed with fear. It took me a while to finally find the courage to act. Fast forward 6 months later, in the second photo I look and appear more confident. My physique reflects the way I feel inside. I am proud of myself and who I have become. I can honestly say, testosterone has given me back the energy I had lost. It has also made me a Man with an unrelenting passion and drive to achieve more.
How You Can Take Control of Your Life I cannot emphasize this enough. It is CRUCIAL you find a doctor who truly understands hormone replacement therapy. Just because they have a title in front of their name doesn’t mean shit. Trust me on this.
“If you have to pay more or travel further to get the right doctor then it’s worth it.”
Working with a doctor inexperienced at managing male endocrine systems will leave you worse off than before you started. Here are the behaviors of a Doctor who doesn’t know how to improve male hormonal health:
- You may be instructed to inject less frequently and at too low of a dosage because they don’t understand the half-life of a testosterone ester, resulting in wild mood swings.
- You may be started off on an aromatase inhibitor (AI) even though you don’t need it, which can dangerously reduce your estrogen levels (E2). Healthy estrogen levels are needed for proper sexual function and a host of other important biological functions.
- You may even be told to ‘cycle’ off TRT altogether because you need a ‘break’!!
Do your research and know the risks and side effects. Even if my I had lost some hair and had to deal with an increase in acne (as a minor side effect of TRT), I can assure you, I wouldn’t have cared! If you’ve ever suffered from the symptoms of Low Testosterone, you would know it’s not a life worth living. Most of the stories you’ve been fed about the dangers of testosterone are total bullshit.
If you want to know the truth about TRT, READ JAY’S BOOK! Real Knowledge is POWER!
Create the Right Environment Just like a plant needs water and sunlight to thrive, TRT needs the right environment in order to flourish. How do you create it? The answer is by leading a TRT-friendly lifestyle. A TRT-friendly lifestyle means minimizing if not eliminating alcohol consumption altogether. That’s right. I said it. GET RID OF ALCOHOL. To all the drunks reading this, I’m talking to you. You want a better body, mind and life? Ditch the spirits. Alcohol promotes estrogen conversion (beer belly anyone?). You should also lift weights several times a week for lean muscle gain and do steady-state cardio for heart health. And you should regularly sleep between 5-7 hours a night and follow a solid nutrition plan that works for you. Does this sound like a lot of work? If it does, then maybe you should reconsider your thoughts about using TRT. If you want exceptional results on TRT, you need be prepared to live an exceptional life! A life filled with choices that require effort and diligence. Lazy, unmotivated, unwilling to grind Men should stop reading now. If that is you, go ahead and close out this window. In the year prior to TRT, I had given up alcohol and somewhat dialed in my nutrition. I understood how to train to get the type of physique I wanted, but I didn’t have the results to show for it. Because I had the foundation in place, (special thanks to Jim Brown and Jay Campbell for their tutelage) once I started TRT, it was like one of the street race scenes from the Fast and the Furious where they press the NOS button –
Remember the old adage, “If you build it, it will come”? I can honestly say when utilizing the services of a progressive TRT physician, combined with creating an optimal personalized health care environment, your therapy will flourish. Final Thoughts
You must understand Testosterone Replacement Therapy is still on the bleeding edge.
Most doctors without an accepted standard of patient care model to rely on, simply have no clue. But that doesn’t mean there are not excellent progressive physicians available to you. Do your homework.
The human endocrine system is too finely balanced to allow an incompetent doctor to come in and mess it up. Ensure you find an experienced progressive doctor who knows the business of male hormonal health. If you don’t know how to train or what to eat-do yourself a favor and learn from those who do. Consult with Jay Campbell and Jim Brown. Read books and expand your mind. Learn to think for yourself. Take control of your own health. Don’t leave it in the hands of an outdated and imploding medical system designed on treating sick people. Nothing is ever given to you in this world, you have to go out there and take it. I’m not here to lie to you. TRT is a big decision and a lifelong commitment. Yes-a lifelong commitment. You need to ask yourself if you’re prepared to do what it takes to make TRT work for you. If you are expecting things to change overnight, this will simply not happen. I still have a long road ahead to possess the kind of physique and mindset I desire. Massive success requires massive effort. BONUS: Something rarely discussed when it comes to TRT: energy alignment. When your hormones are optimized and your body is structurally whole, your energy is aligned. This positions you to make massive inroads towards elevating your consciousness/chi/spirituality. Being in a state of energy alignment gives you the ability to appreciate life for the wondrous enjoyment it provides. It allows you to live a life filled with gratitude. Based on what you’ve just read, why not choose a hormonally optimized life? I know I have and life has never been better. Onward and upward. UPDATE: Find out What Happens After 1 Year of TRT. Daniel Kelly is a passionate 30 year old hormonally optimized Millennial. His mission is to motivate the unmotivated thru his blogging on training, consciousness and energy management.