Men's Hormonal Health

Testosterone Injections/Shots:
Dosage, Side Effects and Benefits

Testosterone injections aren't generally discussed as a first line treatment option when starting therapy.

There are many testosterone preparations on the market such as; gels (Androgel and Testim), creams, pills (Andriol), pellets and patches.

However the marketing efforts of pharmaceutical companies are quite effective at influencing your doctor's prescribing habits away from the older and more effective injections/shots.

A Superior Form of Treatment

What's sad to say... the above treatments are all inferior to the much older developed testosterone injections, when treating hypogonadism.

It's not what you'd generally think is supposed to happen. Isn't medical science supposed to develop better products over time?

The thing is... not everyone loves needles. Understandably so.

So in lieu of this, we have many alternatives that generally have poor absorption, leading to less efficacy and worse outcomes.

What's the point? Why use less invasive methods if they're barely going to work, with an increased chance of side effects included.

The good news is - injections allow for higher and more stable testosterone levels, and are about 5 - 10 times cheaper!

Testosterone Shots Increase Absorption

All the other testosterone formulations are self-limiting in how much testosterone can be absorbed.

They may be enough to get you to the mid range of normal.

However, for a lot of men, mid range isn't enough to increase energy, libido, and mood to a satisfactory level.

What you want is to be in the high normal range.

Testosterone injection dosages can also be titrated much easier compared to the other formulations.

Instructions for Drawing and Injecting Testosterone

Courtesy of: SanTan Natural Medicine

Injectable Testosterone Dose/Dosages

Brand Name Generic Name Supplied Half Life Dosing
Delatestryl Testosterone Enanthate 200mg/ml in 5ml Multi-Dose Vials ~ 7 Days 50mg Twice per Week by IM/SQ Injection
Depo-Testosterone Testosterone Cypionate 100mg/ml or 200mg/ml in 10ml Multi-Dose Vials ~ 7 Days 50mg Twice per Week by IM/SQ Injection

Small Needle Size for Maximum Comfort

As far as needle size, I use 31 gauge, 5/16 inch, 3/10 ml, insulin needles subcutaneously in the upper/outer quadrant of my thighs. Rotating legs and areas, with subsequent injections.

To maintain correct dosing due to the small syringe size (0.3 ml), a 3 times per week schedule may be needed (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), or 2 smaller injections every 3 days like originally outlined.

The 3/10 ml small syringe size is what helps maintain maximum pressure to draw the oil. The smaller the syringe size, the greater the internal pressure. You'll notice a huge difference in drawing capacity compared to the 1ml syringes.

It takes about a minute to draw, so you'll need to be patient. No need to warm the oil in advance I've found, although it may speed up the process.

The smaller needle size is well worth it in my opinion, to avoid long term scar tissue build up, especially with treatment potentially spanning decades.

Updated: Sep 18, 2016

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