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Depo-Testosterone. Blood trickled down my leg. It got on my hand. It got on the sink. I had done an injection wrong into my leg. This was painful.
I cleaned off the blood. The needle was ruined, but the medicine (Depo-Testosterone) was still there. I would try again later. Shots are hard.
Some history. I was prescribed Depo-Testosterone injections by my endocrinologist. A nurse taught me how to do them in the doctor's office. The injections never were easy.
My measurements. Blood was drawn and analyzed at a lab. The range was for "total testosterone." Normal was 241-827. The first two test results (281, 259) were low.
Dosage: 200 mg testosterone cypionate every two weeks was used. The results were obtained through an endocrinologist.
After: The blood result of 890 was obtained after Depo-Testosterone was used. This was slightly too high.
Equipment. The first step to administering the injections is to try to relax. The more relaxed your body and muscles are, the easier this will be.
Comfortable room: The room should be neither too cold nor too hot. Excess heat is particularly bad because you will sweat and slip.
Alcohol rubbing pads: These are used to sterilize your leg or buttock before injection so that no infection gets started.
Small needle: This is prescribed by your physician. The small needle is used to inject the testosterone oil.
Large needle: The large needle is used with the syringe to extract the testosterone oil from the vial.
Syringe: The syringe sometimes comes with the small needle. It will come in a plastic wrapper.
Depo-Testosterone vial: This comes in a 1000 mg size. It is prescribed by a doctor—the generic is acceptable.
Bandage: Optional—I used Band-Aids only at the beginning of my testosterone injections. They can be hard to pull off.
Dosage. Your doctor will have given you a specific amount of medicine to inject each week. This is to be done on a certain day, such as a Monday every two weeks.
Note: The standard dose of Depo-Testosterone is 200 mg every two weeks. Some men prefer to inject 100 mg weekly.
Large needle. I was given a large needle to use to extract the Depo-Testosterone oil (which is thick) from the vial. I unwrapped the syringe.
Then: I exchanged the syringe's included needle with the larger needle. The smaller needle is easier to inject with.
Air: I pulled back on the syringe to fill it with air. This is important to make filling it with medicine easier.
Next: I put the needle through the rubber top of the vial of medicine. The rubber top is designed to allow this.
Vial, air. It is important to push all the air out into the Depo-Testosterone vial at this point. This makes it easier to pull on the syringe and extract the oil.
Next: Fill the syringe with your prescribed (or desired) dosage. For me, this was 200 mg.
Then: Set aside the needle. Do not let it touch anything. If it touches something dirty, you have to start over.
Injection. You now need to open up the alcohol pad. On your thigh area, swab the area so it sterile. The temperature in the room should not be too cold.
Sit, relax: Sit on a chair or bench with your legs to your front. Relax your legs.
Stick: Now, you have to take the needle and stick it into your leg. The top outside part of your thigh is best.
Fast, slow: Injection should not be too close to the knee. There are two ways to inject: fast and slow.
Tip: I tended to injects low. I do not think this is the ideal way but it worked for me. It will work if your needles are small.
Time. If you have a small needle, it will take a while to inject the medicine into your leg. If you have a twitch, try to keep the needle in your leg.
Pull out. When the medicine is fully injected, pull out the needle. You can again do this either fast or slow. Do whatever you prefer.
Sites. The above instructions were for injecting into the middle outside top part of the thigh. This tends to be a more painful injection site.
Instead: Injecting into the buttock is less painful and easier. I only did this once, but it went well.
Gluteus maximus. If I had it to do over, I would have injected into the buttock every time. But for beginners the thigh is acceptable.
Tip: To inject into the buttock, I found it best to stand in front of the mirror.
Tip 2: You can use a mirror to more easily see your side. The best injection site is near the top outside side of your buttock.
Also: Everyone's anatomy is different. But the buttocks are large enough so the injection here tends to work with variations.
Walking. It is sometimes hard to walk after you complete the injection. It is best not to plan any strenuous athletic events right after your shot.
Hunger. Depo-Testosterone injections tended to make me more hungry than usual. This is a good chance to get caught up on your healthy eating.
Note: I am not a physician. I cannot provide medical advice for your specific situation.
However: I can write articles about whey protein, eggs and beans, which are great bodybuilding foods for everyone.WheyBeans
Cost. Medications such as Androgel are more expensive. When I was prescribed Depo-Testosterone, my endocrinologist provided a prescription with five refills on it.
Also: I had to wait several weeks between refills because testosterone cypionate is a controlled substance.
Vial: The cost for each vial of testosterone cypionate—which were usually generics—was only $20 to $30.
Syringes: The syringes and needles were also provided at the pharmacy and these were even cheaper.
Tip: Syringes and needles were less than $10 for large package. These were not a major expense.
Story. I remember when I visited the doctor. I was tested for all sorts of problems but had none of them. One test, for testosterone, came back low.
Androgel. The doctor, an endocrinologist, prescribed Androgel. This worked well for a few months. Because I am not rich, I had to switch to shots to save money.
And: I visited the office every two weeks to get as hot. The nurse was friendly. The guys came in, dropped their pants, and left.
A discussion. I talked to the doctor about testosterone. One time I asked him if he was taking it. He said he was planning to in a few years.
So: One day I asked if I could do the shots myself. This was arranged. The doctor prescribed the Depo-Testosterone.
And: He said I better not come back here looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I never did, but I did start regularly lifting weights.
Steroids are natural. All people, men and women, have natural testosterone. Corticosteroids, adrenal hormones, are also steroids. Testosterone is anabolic.
Synthetic testosterone is a prescription medicine. It is also abused by bodybuilders. It is injected, or absorbed through the skin as a gel.
In males: Testosterone is produced in the testicles. Healthy men naturally have much higher T levels than women.
However: This production will shut off, by a complex feedback mechanism in the brain, when synthetic (external) T is used.
Androgel. This is a popular prescription medication. It increases your testosterone to normal levels with no injections—no pain. It smells of alcohol.Androgel
Axiron. This product is also a transdermal (through-the-skin) gel. It is applied axially, which means in the armpits. It is similar to Androgel.Axiron
Acne. Using anabolic steroids may prompt the emergence of acne. This tends to occur on the back, but it can occur anywhere. I never developed this side effect.Acne, Anabolic Steroids
Nothing in life is permanent. But the muscular growth resulting from steroids tends to remain after they are stopped. It persists long after.Steroids, Permanent?
So: People who have taken steroids are stronger, with bigger muscles, than they otherwise would be, for a long time.
Insulin. This is an essential hormone in our bodies. In diabetes, it is inadequate. Insulin is anabolic and has some effect on increasing muscle.Insulin
Years ago, I visited an endocrinologist—a medical doctor. He prescribed me vials upon vials of testosterone. I had so many vials I ended up throwing some away.
And: Once I asked my doctor whether he was planning to use testosterone. He said he was, but not yet—he had type 1 diabetes.
A misperception. Testosterone is not bad. Anabolic steroids are not bad. Our physicians support their use, our pharmacists dispense them.
So: Ignorance of anabolic steroids is a problem. They are not a crime. They improve our health.
However: I stopped taking steroids years ago—my medical condition improved, and I found I no longer needed them.
If you are interested in steroids, please consult a doctor. A highly-trained endocrinologist may be needed. A family physician might lack knowledge of the benefits of testosterone.
Injections. Depo-Testosterone injections are a challenge. I was taught to them by a nurse at my endocrinologist's office. She said practice would make perfect.