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Testosterone gel.... how much is a dose, and how do you apply it?

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Dorje Sun 29-Jan-17 17:38:05

Hi all, so my GP recommended I try out some testosterone gel from a sachet.
The gel is prescribed off license to me, as it's formulated for men.
It comes in a sachet, which amounts to 5g, a single daily dose for a man. There used to be a testosterone for women but they don't make it anymore.
I'm on a bioidentical hrt and don't want to take triblone, as I'm happy with the regime I'm on.

My GP recommends a small amount every day. But how small is a small amount? It sort of melts to a liquid when I squeeze it out on my finger, and it's difficult to see how much is there. She recommends I rub it onto my lower abs, but it's all drippy by then...

So, my questions are:

If you use it, how do you do it?

How much do I use.... should this sachet last me a week or 10 days? Obviously I won't need a sachet a day, but how do you measure your amount? Have you a handy spoon, or measure?

Where do you put yours!?

What are the time scales when I could see a difference in energy levels?

Has anyone had any side effects?
Beards, acne, bulging muscles, speeding tickets, toyboys, an appreciation for sports cars
You know, am I going to be able to join a barbershop quartet with my new basso profundo voice, or will I still be able to hit the high notes of Celine Dion not that I want to sing her stuff but you get the picture

Is there a long term higher risk of cancer.... if so what kind, and does anyone know any stats?

TIA fellow vipers ladies

UsernameConfusername Sun 29-Jan-17 17:56:00

I'm on testosterone not for menopause but an endocrine condition so not exactly the same, but thought I'd reply. I'm prescribed Tostran gel which comes in a pump bottle and I take the lowest amount I can while still feeling the benefits. For me this is a pea-sized blob approx twice a week. I apply it to my leg/thigh. My issues with zero androgen levels were no libido, vaginal dryness and inability to climax and all have been resolved with the use of the gel. The only side effect I have is thicker/more body hair so I do keep the dose to a minimum for this reason. Hope you start to feel the benefits soon smile

Dorje Sun 29-Jan-17 23:42:08

Thanks usernameconfusername, I'm glad it's working out for you.

I hope I don't turn into the yeti on it. I think I'll use quarter a little calpol spoon, so 0.6g, about a petit pois size and see how it goes.

Has anyone else used this, TIA!

Dorje Mon 30-Jan-17 17:17:06

Just bumping for anyone who hasn't seen this and who uses testosterone gel for meno symptoms.

WendyIsMyName Mon 30-Jan-17 22:32:57

Hi yes I do. I'm on testogel and one sachet lasts a week. The results are brilliant! Hair softer, shinier and thick, energy levels increased and my libido and response is brilliant. I'm 45 and use this alongside regular hrt. Hope this helps!

Dorje Wed 01-Feb-17 22:46:13

Thanks Wendy. I tried a very small pea sized blob yesterday and for the last three days, but seem to have become rather jumpy and argumentative, with some vascular effects (hot flushes) and kept waking up.

I've not used any today and feel a lot more chilled out. I'm not sure if I'll continue with it.

In the interests of science, I'll try it again next week and see how I go as I had my withdrawal bleed this week and the "symptoms" I noticed could be an effect of falling progesterone, not the testosterone!

Certainly looking forward to the effects you've noticed Wendy <swishes hopefully>

Formerpigwrestler9 Sat 04-Feb-17 12:43:32

My only concern with androgens would be the possibility of male pattern baldness, but a very large libido boost is entirely possible

Extra facial hair and clitoral enlargement are also possible

I'd take divide the dose into daily amounts if at all possible rather than less frequent larger doses

EmbarrassingEnquiry Sat 04-Feb-17 12:51:37

OP (or others) - is this something most GPs are willing to prescribe? I am in surgical meno and it's never been suggested - I am suffering low energy, and though my libido isn't too bad - apologies for TMI - my clitoris has become tiny, and I want it back!

Formerpigwrestler9 Sat 04-Feb-17 12:59:24

Re dosage i would say start with 0.5mg per day or less, can you get a gel which has a lower concentration of testosterone in order to dose accurately?

Formerpigwrestler9 Sat 04-Feb-17 13:03:15

Or you could dilute the sachet with a measured volume of moisturizer so that you lower the concentration

That should work as long as you calculate it properly

Dorje Thu 09-Feb-17 01:28:51

Thanks for replying everyone.
Ok, so I tried a petit pois sized blob today and can report increased cognitive functioning and more stamina. Even made the gym after work.

I think I'll try it every other day and that would make a sachet last me two to three weeks.

Formerpigwrestler, Thanks for your reply. Great name!
I'm not sure if I can mix it up with a moisturiser. I think my other gel hrt says that other cremes interfere with absorption, and to apply it neat on clean skin, so to dilute it may render it much weaker, not just molarly speaking iykwim.

Embarrassing I think you may have vaginal atrophy. If you're not on hrt, you really should be after surgical meno. NICE recommends you are.

I'm on bioidentical oestrogen and bio identical progesterone (Oestrogel and utrogestan)
If you're not on hrt I think you need to get back to your gynae and insist on going on it. Testosterone is made in the ovaries, so you may need that as well. Have a chat with your gynae?
Good luck with it, it's horrible to see your ladybits shrink and shrivel up! Mine are back to normal on hrt.

Triskel Wed 22-Feb-17 16:22:05

Mine is called Testim. It comes in a tube so is easy to divvy out. A 5 ml tube is supposed to last a week for me. I'm not too precise with it. I've had it for 2 and 1/2 years.
I don't notice emotional effects although I'm energetic enough and it is supposed to keep energy levels up.
I put it on inner thighs and recently lower abdomen, but mostly on upper arms. The only side effects are that my inner thighs look a bit teddy bearish (hairy) and the expensive laser hair removal I had done on my face and pubic area needs re doing, but I think that happens anyway after a while. . My lower legs are still hairless.
I love bio identical hrt.

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