Bioidentical Testosterone vs Synthetic Testosterone!
Side Effects! Benefits!
Unless you're a rogue bodybuilder, injecting illegal steroids into your veins in a back alley somewhere, you really don't need to be concerned with bioidentical testosterone...
Because just about all testosterone prescribed by doctors these days is bioidentical, or at least very close to it.
Only two non-bioidentical forms of testosterone have been used extensively in testosterone therapy: methyltestosterone and testosterone undecanoate.
Methyltestosterone is very taxing on the liver, so it is rarely used, and undecanoate isn't even available in the United States at this time.
While these aren't technically bioidenical, they quickly end up being so because the enanthate and cypionate esters are removed by enzymes in the body once they are injested, resulting in pure bioidentical testosterone.
The esters allow the T to be slowly released to the body. Once the ester group has been removed by these enzymes, the testosterone is returned to its pure bioidentical form.
Should you do it?
If your body does not have the ability to produce adequate amounts of testosterone, then go for the therapy.
Testosterone is so important to so many functions in the male body, that you need to do whatever it takes to keep your blood levels in the Upper Normal Range throughout your adult life.
I push hard for natural therapies now, because I can still do the work it takes to get my T levels up without direct testosterone therapy.
A controlled carb, gluten free, Paleo Diet combined with Testosterone Boosting Exercise, Testosterone Boosting Supplements , and a strong focus on reducing my Estrogen Load have boosted my levels up over 800.
T therapy would have gotten me there faster, and would have been much easier, but I don't go for the easy way out, and neither should you.
Once you go on therapy your Testicles are going to go on vacation and begin to shrink in size. Since your blood levels of T were increased from an outside source, they have no real work to do, so they stop producing.
There is a treatment for this, but now your taking another hormone. It's called human chorionic gonadotropin, and it works by stimulating your testicles to produce more testosterone, which eliminates or reduces testicular atrophy.
Problem is, if you take too much or take it too long the pituitaries negative feedback system kicks in and it stops working. There are also side effects.
High Male Estrogen!
Then you've got the problem of excess estrogen. These big surges in testosterone that come along with testosterone therapy cause elevated levels of male estrogen. When T increases quickly in the body, the aromatase enzyme kicks in, and converts the excess T into estrogen.
To control this you may have to go on a powerful prescription medication. Many of the cutting edge doctors are now using Arimidex, a drug used to control estrogen, that was originally marketed to treat postmenopausal women with breast cancer.
Now you have to deal with the possibility of taking this powerful drug for the rest of your natural life!
After considering my options carefully, the diet, the exercise, and the supplements didn't seem so bad after all.
I got my T levels up without doctors or drugs. Due to the diet and exercise, I have a body I can be proud of.
That feels good!
Will I ever go on Bioidentical Testosterone?
Yup, I probably will.
When I hit 85 or so, and my body start to shut down on me, that will be the time.
I'll go on the therapy and take my testosterone with me all the way to the grave, and I know I'll be a happier, more alive human being because of it!