Zak: I’ve only been on the gel and Adrian has only been on injections, so neither of us can give a breakdown of the pros and cons of both given our own experience. If you’d like to hear from someone who has been on both, I’d recommend asking Chase about what he personally sees as the pros and cons of each. Based on my experiences with Androgel and talking to lots of people on injections, here’s a bit of a list:
Pros: Stable amount of hormones in your system every day (so no peaks and valleys in terms of hormones), no needles, easy to apply without any help/training/experience
Cons: More expensive (especially without insurance), may risk testosterone exposure to others (I haven’t had a problem with this at all, though other people have), have to apply every day
Pros: More affordable, only need to be done once per week (or every other week, depending), no risk of testosterone exposure to others
Cons: Needles, may experience minor emotional symptoms around the end of your hormonal cycle (around the time of your next shot, because of hormone fluctuations)
Some of the cons on either side are deal-breakers for some people. For me, the thought of giving myself a shot once a week was completely out of the question. For someone without insurance that covers HRT, the idea of spending hundreds of dollars on the gel could be infeasible, if not impossible. Also, what might be a con to one person could be a pro to another. For instance, I actually liked having to apply Androgel every day instead of once a week when I first started my transition. I felt like I was working a little bit toward my transition every single day, and I thought that was pretty cool. If I accidentally miss a day it is also much less of a big deal than if someone were to be very late on their shot or skip a week. These days, applying every single day is a part of my morning routine and not really a con to me. For someone else, though, applying everyday might be a huge hassle that wouldn’t be worth it to them.
Either way, you’re getting testosterone in your system. Both ways are pretty much equally safe and effective. The major differences are price, needles, and the risk of exposure to others.
I’ll also point out that you can do low-dose with either option. When I started I used cream (similar to gel), then I switched to injections and have been very happy with that.
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