I'm starting my fourth week of using Androgel 1% 5mg, and to be honest, I'm really not impressed and wonder if it will work. I really don't notice any change as far as being able to get and maintain erection. I keep the gel on for at least 7 to 8 hours and since I work the night shift, I put it on in the morning when I get home and go to bed. I just read a post where guys were saying it should be applied directly onto the skin and rubbed in with the fingers until almost dry. I have always put it in my palm and rubbed it on my skin, usually the stomach. Have I been doing this all wrong? I'm really feeling desparate to get things working again, I'm only 48 and in a new relationship and would like to perform. Thanks for any help I can get
No - you are applying it correctly.
This from https://www.drugs.com/pro/androgel.html
"... The recommended starting dose of AndroGel is 5 g once daily (preferably in the morning) to clean, dry, intact skin of the shoulders and upper arms and/or abdomen (area of application should be limited to the area that will be covered by the patient's short sleeve t-shirt). AndroGel must not be applied to the genitals. After applying the gel, the application site should be allowed to dry for a few minutes prior to dressing. Hands should be washed with soap and water after AndroGel has been applied. "
When you posted your question, it had only been less than month that you had been using Androgel. Most doctors are recommending waiting at least two to three months before trying to evaluate the effectiveness of this drug. It takes time for the Testosterone level in your body to build, and you won't see an overnight reaction.
Also, you may be looking in the wrong place for the first symptoms of its effects... patients usually notice increased body hair, shaving more, leg hair, etc. Also, the increase in muscle mass may take longer still, but will be there. Of course, working out regularly can help accelerate this.
I'm not aware of any prescription that is intentionally for harder or more firm erections, but an increase in interest in sex (libedo) and therefore, moresexual activity has been reported.
There is another class of drug used for treated ED, that will increased the capacity for having an erection, under sexual stimulation. You might consider asking your doctor about that, should you not see satisfaction with the Androgel when you meet to re-evaluate the treatment. (At the present time, you've been on Androgel 2 1/2 months, and should be seeing SOME impact, even if it wasn't as sudden or dramatic as you might have expected.)
I have been using the Androgel packets for a couple of months and that main thing I noticed is that my flacid penis is not as small as it had been getting. Before starting the gel I was so small it ha dpractically dissapeared in me, not it is an inch or two when flacid. That alone is an improvement.
I agree it will not help the actual erections, but I ahve foudn that I am looking more at women than before. Interestingly not my wife, but other women. (I suspect that is not a medical issue but somethign about the forbidden fruit.
Trodeo, You are correct when you say you are noticing other women. That is part of the effect of increased testosterone. Your libedo, or desire, is increasing. That doesn't mean that you WILL pursue other women, nor does it mean that you WANT to cheat on your wife. Only you decide what to do with your increased desire for sex. This is one of the main benefits of low T replacement therapy. And many men thank god for it.
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