Hi, I am not sure if this community is the right place for this post but here goes: about 8 years ago I was referred to an Endocrinologist who did blood tests for all the usual things and found my T was very low (3). Everything else he felt was normal. He prescribed Testim gel to be applied daily. after a few months my T was up to 15 but I was having side effects - hair loss, very greasy skin and face acne, red and sore nipples. He suggested these were all to be expected. After about 6 months I noticed I was putting on weight and developing man boobs, and my testicle was shrinking. Again the specialist said these were all to be expected. All the specialist could suggest was to reduce the dose to 25mg per day. After 8 years on Testim mostly on 25mg my T is now about 9. My waistline has continued to expand, mostly belly fat, my hair is now very thin - male pattern baldness and my testicle is about the size of a marble. At a recent GP appointment I was surprised to be told that the Testim is in fact a strong steroid and as I understand it long term use of steroids can have all sorts of problems like weight gain and diabetes. I asked my GP if there are any natural ways to increase T without these steroid gels - a blank expression was all I got back. I am now starting to feel that using the Testim has caused a lot of problems and am tempted to stop using it. I am 67 and a widower. Does anyone know of a better way?
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