As men age their bodies are changing – their testosterone levels begin to dwindle, they experience muscle loss, mood swings, and a decrease in sex drive. What if there was a way to fix it? A way to reverse the effects of aging? When it comes to your health, there is almost no right or wrong way to do something if you want to achieve your ideal results. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), like testosterone replacement therapy, might be the answer you are seeking when it comes to your health. It is important to employ a skilled professional to help you determine the best treatment plan and pick out the best form of testosterone to maximize your health goals and the benefits to your quality of life.
Below are four types of injectable testosterone replacement therapy. Talk to a health professional about which one is right for you.
Used for men who do not produce enough testosterone, enanthate is a type of injectable testosterone that is derivative of the primary endogenous androgen testosterone, for intramuscular administration. In their active form, androgens have a 17-beta-hydroxy group. “Testosterone enanthate is designated chemically as androst-4-en-3-one, 17-[(1-oxoheptyl)-oxy]-, (17β)-.”1 To maintain levels, injections should be administered every five days. A dose of approximately 100 to 200 mg, to start, of this form of testosterone is commonly administered via intramuscular injection (IM) every five to seven days. This should bring a patient within optimal ranges (800 ng to 1000 ng). Every patient is different, however. Baseline testosterone levels and other factors may influence initial dose and maintenance plan. It is important to note that this type of testosterone should never be injected into the vein and should be done by a medical doctor or under supervision of a medical professional.
This type of testosterone is an eight-carbon ester form of testosterone. Cypionate is considered a “long acting” testosterone, metabolized in approximately seven to eight days. Similar to enanthate, treatments involving cypionate usually start with a dose of approximately 100 mg to 200 mg, but only administered every seven days. The dosages vary with each patient and depends on your testosterone blood levels and your medical condition.
This type of testosterone is a slow-releasing anabolic steroid with a short half-life of 4.5. allows users to run short Testosterone Propionate cycles in the range of 8 – 10 weeks, sometimes in as little as even 6 weeks.2 This is due to the shorter time required for optimal blood plasma levels to be achieved because of the faster release. This testosterone ester can peak in the blood within hours of being administered and metabolized over three days. Injections should be administered every two to three days. You must weigh the “positives” with the “negatives” before using propionate. This is only prescribed in special cases, as it has to be administered frequently. However, it quickly stabilizes testosterone levels, but risks aromatization into estrogen, which can lead to negative side effects. Propionate requires frequent injections compared to other types of testosterone such as cypionate or enanthate.
4. Testosterone Suspension
This type of testosterone contains no ester and is known among bodybuilders as a “potent mass agent.” This water-based testosterone is said to be the most powerful injectable steroid available, producing very quick muscle mass and strength.3 This form of testosterone requires frequent intramuscular injections, as it remains in the body a limited number of hours. To treat low testosterone, a dose of 25-50 mg is administered 2-3 times per week. The injection is often very painful, and experience has shown that the risks outweigh the benefits. This particular form does not come highly recommended.
More Information Regarding Types of Testosterone
Our medical team at the biostation can help you determine which of the four different types of injectable testosterone therapy is best for your health goals and lifestyle. the biostation even offers custom blends for maximum results. In some cases, utilizing multiple esters improves the body’s response, further enhancing outcomes.