Microdosing Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
Posted on February 22, 2023 by root
Microdosing testosterone is a newer concept that some men within the TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) community believe will be the future of TRT. In simple terms, microdosing means taking the smallest effective amount of testosterone more frequently instead of taking a larger dose every few weeks.
The methodology behind microdosing makes sense because it’s meant to most closely mimic the natural daily production of testosterone in the body. However, there are questions regarding its safety and effectiveness, which are increasingly being asked by TRT patients. Doctors, like myself, hear these concerns during consultations, and they are also discussed within various online communities where members interact and discuss treatment and lifestyle topics.
Microdosing testosterone can be used as a means of reducing the “peaks and valleys” of TRT. This term is used to describe the suboptimal feeling that some men experience after a large dose of TRT trails off.
The ultimate goal is to deliver a therapeutic dose of testosterone in the most effective manner to achieve the best outcome. Microdosing is an effective approach, and that taking smaller doses on a daily basis is better than taking a larger dose on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
The method of injection (subcutaneous versus intramuscular) will impact how quickly the body absorbs a microdose of testosterone. Intramuscular injections are absorbed more quickly because there are more blood vessels in the muscle, whereas subcutaneous injections are absorbed more slowly. He also explained that the distribution process takes time because the testosterone must be metabolized, processed by the liver, and then excreted. Therefore, it’s important to consider how quickly you metabolize and absorb TRT to ensure that enough testosterone is entering and leaving the system.
The benefits of microdosing testosterone include avoiding the “peaks and valleys” of TRT, which can leave men feeling unstable or suboptimal. By taking smaller doses more frequently, men can avoid this unpleasant cycle and the mental anxiety that often accompanies it. Microdosing may also boost the conversion of testosterone to DHT, a potent form of testosterone.
However, there are also issues with microdosing TRT. Some men are not always as consistent as they need to be when it comes to microdosing. Consistency is key with this approach, and men must inject themselves daily to achieve the desired effect. Additionally, the little testosterone vials are not designed for multi-dosing, and when men draw several shots from a vial, they will inevitably lose some testosterone. This loss can be compensated for eventually, but it will be an issue. As a result, microdosing TRT will likely be more expensive than traditional TRT because men will need to replace the testosterone they lose from the vial.
Microdosing testosterone is a promising approach to TRT that offers many benefits for men. However, it requires consistency and may be more expensive than traditional TRT due to the need for more frequent dosing and the loss of testosterone when drawing from vials. Men should discuss the pros and cons of microdosing TRT with their doctors to determine if it’s the right approach for them.