Last week my doctor prescribed Androgel, 1%, 5mg for me because of low testosterone. I'm a 48 year old white male, 40 pounds overweight and taking meds for high bp and high cholesterol. My reason for seeing the doctor was because for the past 8 months, my sex drive, ability to have and keep an erection was almost zero and I needed viagra to have any kind of sex life. After the blood test, my Dr. told me my testosterone level was 215. I have been using the Androgel for nearly a week now and I'm curious how long it will take (approx.) for things to start working again without the help of viagra. My drive and ability has gotten to the point that I think I could be put into a room of the hottest women and still not be able to get an erection or perform. I was divorced a few months ago and have been recently gotten involved with a wonderful woman and I would like to be able to perform. Will the Androgel fix me? Thanks in advance.
Just prescribed Androgel and have been using for a week, how long until I start seeing results?
- 12 Mar 2011 by knite
- androgel, high cholesterol, obesity, hypogonadism - male, testosterone, doctor
21 Jul 2012
Hi it will most likely take longer than a week for you to notice anything . In particular your dose may be insufficient for you to see any benefit. I am 51 now but when I was 42 I discovered that my testosterone levels were very low. My free testosterone was .31 and my total was 156 and I was like you but worse off. My sex drive had always been very low and I even asked my doctor when I was 16 to test my hormone levels as I thought I was not making enough. He said I was fine but as I discovered years later I have always been very low on testosterone . Upon age 42 I was walking in my yard and slipped and broke my tibia , my fibula and my talas ( ankle ) bones. I found out I was osteoporosis with very weak bones. The number one cause of this in males is having testosterone levels to low.
On top of this I have been a type one Diabetic for 46 years and it turns out that diabetic children do not form bone properly and will never get a normal bone density if the diabetes occured before puberty . Anyway I started out on 5 g dose of Androgel and felt no different and after a month my levels had not changed so I was increased to 7.5 g dose and felt a little better but still had low testosterone levels . So my doctor increased my dose to 10 g per day and after 6 months my levels were had increased up to a normal level but still on the lower end of normal.
The point being that your dose of androgel is very important as many men do not get helped with the 5 g dose. If after a month you still feel the same get your doctor to recheck your testosterone levels . Make sure he is checking the free testosterone level as this is the one that really matters . Total testosterone levels will not be sufficient even if normal as your body can't use this testosterone as it is bound up with a binder . Your body can only utilize free testosterone . This level needs to be mid to upper normal range for you to get the benefits of the treatment.
I have found that having normal testosterone levels for the first time in my life is truly amazing . Before the Correct dose of Androgel I had no sex drive and my wife thought I was very weird as I never wanted to have sex. Now I can't get enough sex and I feel so cheated at not having a normal level most of my life as I feel so much better , stronger , happier , my bones have reversed and have dramatically increased density no longer a danger to me. I hope this long winded story helps.
4 Jun 2011
I agree with the other person, you need to give it 1-2 months for the effects to show. I am 58, 250 lbs, 5' 8", and my score was in the low 100's. I have been using it for about 4 months now and it was about two months ago that I noticed my libido was improving. That and my non erect state was a bit more like my old self rather than very shrunk up.
It has been another couple of months, how are you doing now?
11 May 2013
I started taking it May 2011 and it took 3 days for the first effects to happen... and WOW what a change. My Total Testosterone was 159.0 ng/dL and my free level was 36.4 pg/mL... Back then I did 4 pumps from AG 1% in the AM of my day. 3 days... WOW I couldnt stop touching my wife, I had energy abounding and was losing the foggy head I had for about 4 years... amazing. Also erections came back in the 3 days, but the low semen volume took a few months to come back. Other stuff like muscle mass and losing weight happened over the next 6 mos to a year. Now into the third year... great STUFF!
21 Jul 2012
I have been on the gel for a couple of months. I had the same problem as you with erections. It started to work in a couple of weeks. Some of it has to do with emotional issues. Erections are not as hard or long. But it is good enough to perform. 56 year old here. Maybe it will never be as good as it was. But at least it works!!
12 May 2013
The issue is not that the Testosterone takes a long time to start working, this is not the case as your body responds to the testosterone quite quickly, however, the most difficult is to figure out what is the optimal dose for you. The dose you are on right now might be insufficient and might never start working for you because it is simply not enough testosterone. If you do not see any significant difference in a week or two it is time to consult your doctor and adjust the dose up and wait another week or two. If you still see no results after the increase, repeat this step until you see some changes.
Keep an eye on your blood pressure during this process, because testosterone can increase your BP.
In my personal experience, I saw results within 1/2 day after intramuscular testosterone shots. My mood was almost immediately better, and I changed from a depressed low energy person to a motivated life loving person. This change would be so significant that my family was able to recognize when I got my shot even without me telling them I got a shot on that day. Also, for me this significant change would take place within matter of few hours after the shot.
I also tried the testosterone gel. The Androgel was little slower to act on me, however the gel was much better because, it did not have the up and downs of the testosterone shots. What I mean by that is that I would feel great few hours after the shot for about 2-3 days, but it would gradually wear off and within 7-9 days I would be back to where I was before the shot. It became an emotional roller-coaster. This was not the case with the gel applied daily.
You might want to talk to your doctor and suggest using the intramuscular shots initially as you will see the results much quicker, and it will allow you to figure out what your optimal testosterone level is. Once you establish the correct level using the shots, you can switch to equivalent dose of daily Androgel and continue maintaining the correct testosterone levels.
The testosterone can really work wonders, but it is little tricky to figure out what is the right dose for you. Be patient and try to develop good and open communication with your doctor as his understanding and cooperation with you is key in getting your quality of life back.
Good luck on this journey, you are on the right track, you just need to dial in the dosing and you should be quite well. Do not forget to include some exercise routine as you start feeling better, it will speed up your journey to a better life.
2 Apr 2011
Wow! You have a lot going on and a lot to deal with on your plate. A divorse, a new relationship, high BP, Low T and cholesterol as well.
Most doctors recommend waiting about two months before trying to evaluate a testosterone replacement therapy. Many men don't SEE any results for three weeks or more as the levels rebuild in your system.
Some men expect that testim or androgel will immediate produce errections for them and sex with be wonderful instantly. Their expectations are unrealistic, though some men report increased erections with testosterone replacement.
Some continue with Viagra or Cialis as well as their low T therapy in order to resume a robust sex life. You need to speak with your doctor to report your feelings, expectations and/or lack of erections.
Don't discount the impact of your divorse on your sex drive. You've been for an emotional rollercoaster ride, and it may take some time before you're "back on the horse" again. Patience.
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