Why should I consider using Testosterone Cypionate as opposed to the Enanthate derivative?
When looking at Testosterone Cypionate and comparing it to the more commonly used Enanthate derivative, you may be thinking that there will not be any major benefit for using one over the other as they are so similar on an atomic level.
With Cypionate being identical to Enanthate aside from the addition of a single carbon atom to increase its half-life.
However, there are some great reasons behind adopting Cypionate over Enanthate when it comes to both patient cooperation and satisfaction, and from an absorption and ease of use standpoint.
What are the main benefits?
The main highlights of Cypionate would be the reduction in preparation time for subcutaneous injections, its solubility within less viscous carrier oils, it being less likely to congeal upon injecting, and a longer half-life.
Before talking about the more specific details of why one derivative may be more beneficial than the other, it is important to get more of an understanding of what testosterone actually is and how it impacts the body in both a positive and negative way.
What is Testosterone?
Before we start taking a look into which forms of testosterone are the most efficient to use in order to gain the most benefit from, it’s important to know what Testosterone actually is and the role it plays in the human body.
Testosterone is a hormone that is naturally produced by your body.
Your natural levels can vary drastically from when you are born, all the way to adulthood.
Testosterone plays a vital role in muscle growth, bone density, red blood cell production, mood regulation, and more.
People looking for TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) would usually be suffering from lower than normal testosterone levels, often caused by a condition called ‘Hypogonadism’.
This condition can develop within the foetal stages of life, and also when you’ve reached adulthood as well.
How do I know if I’m suffering from low testosterone?
If you are suffering from low levels of testosterone, you may be seeing some of the more common symptoms such as a low mood (or even more severe cases such as depression), low energy levels, lower sex drive, fatigue, amongst others.
Should you want to find out whether you have low levels of T (Testosterone), you can take our short questionnaire which will go over the more common symptoms of low T levels and determine whether you need to follow up with one of our medical professionals.
Suffering with low T levels can really impact your daily life, TRT is a great way to introduce small quantities of testosterone back into the body so that your body can function closer to what would be normal for your age range.
As you can tell, testosterone plays a large role in a variety of bodily functions and can greatly impact on your mood and mental health as well.
Introducing testosterone back into the body through methods such as micro-dosing is often believed to be the method that gains the best results.
Micro-dosing is when testosterone is injected (or introduced through another medium such as patches or gels) into the body in smaller amounts.
This is to ensure that T levels don’t spike and cause large fluctuations in hormone levels which could potentially lead to negative side-effects.
Making sure that you are taking the correct dosage for your particular needs is vitally important and we would highly recommend speaking to our highly qualified medical professional who has decade’s worth of experience.
So what is Testosterone Cypionate?
Testosterone Cypionate is a derivative of testosterone.
The Cypionate derivative of testosterone is an oil-soluble prescription drug which is preferred over other derivatives due to its longer half-life and slower release of testosterone once injected.
As we have mentioned previously, a popular method for administering testosterone is through micro dosing which slowly introduces testosterone into the body which is considered to be a much safer method than using a larger dosage.
Micro dosing is used in order to mimic the natural production of testosterone that would be being naturally produced should the individual not currently have low T levels.
Testosterone Cypionate is a controlled substance that requires a prescription in order to be administered by either a doctor (which is highly recommended) or administered by yourself under the supervision of a medical professional.
Testosterone Cypionate was first approved back in 1979 by the FDA and is now a controlled substance which is regulated by government officials (in the USA).
You can receive prescriptions for testosterone Cypionate in the UK as well, consult our medical professional in order to see which prescription and dosage of TRT would be beneficial for you should we feel that you would benefit from receiving TRT in the first place.
Before taking any type of action with testosterone level regulation, it is extremely important that you ensure the safety of your own health and that you have consulted a doctor or medical professional before taking any action.
Here at Project-Alpha we have taken every consideration possible so that we can accurately determine what the best next steps for you would be.
We have devised a short questionnaire that you can take which will determine whether you have low T levels to begin with.
Once you have received your results, you can then purchase one of our blood tests.
By taking a blood test, our lab will then analyse the results of your bloodwork (which you can then see through our customer login area).
Once we have analysed your blood test, we will then book in a consultation with one of our doctors in order to walk you through your results and discuss what actions we would advise you to take next.
After your consultation with one of our doctors, you will then be able to select your own subscription plan based on the advice of our medical professionals to begin your regular treatment.
How do I get it?
Testosterone Cypionate is a drug that isn’t available over the counter in your typical drug store.
It is available through a prescription basis only and should only be taken under the supervision and permission of your doctor.
If you have taken one of our blood tests already and need to speak to a doctor about a testosterone prescription based on your results, you can contact us here and one of our doctors will be in touch with you regarding your blood test results.
Are there any side-effects?
Side effects from TRT can be managed and mitigated under the supervision of a doctor.
Negative side-effects often occur when an individual has taken matters into their own hands and purchased testosterone through un-controlled mediums, or are using a dosage that is simply too high and places them in danger of damaging their own health.
It is important to take every factor into account when prescribing TRT to an individual.
There are a number of considerations to speak about with the individual and their doctor before taking any steps into TRT.
Before prescribing any amount of testosterone to our patients, we undergo an extensive checklist that will highlight any potential complications that could occur.
Some of the possible side-effects from taking testosterone are:
- Blood clots
- Heart palpitations
- Sleep apnoea
- Hair loss
- Hair growth
- Shrinking of testicles
- Increased size of organs
We take into account factors such as pre-existing health conditions, any medication that you are currently taking and their known conflicts with TRT.
If you are obese or diabetic, suffer from breathing problems such as sleep apnea, have or have had a history or liver and/or kidney problems, and much more.
At Project-Alpha, we take every caution in our approach and require each individual to take a blood test, of which our qualified doctors with decades of experience will analyse, before continuing with the prescription of testosterone.
Under the close supervision and consultation of a medical professional, the chance for side-effects to occur are greatly reduced, especially when administering testosterone through micro dosing as well.
Can I take it when I’m on other medications?
Taking other forms of medication when you are currently on a prescription plan of TRT can be completely safe, however, it is always advisable to check with a qualified doctor to ensure that there isn’t conflicts with your current medication.
With testosterone Cypionate, as with any other derivative of testosterone, there are medical conditions that if you do currently suffer from, you should consult a doctor before undertaking a TRT programme.
If you are currently taking any medication relating to heart disease (due to high cholesterol for example), extreme weight gain, diabetes, kidney and/or liver issues etc. then you should consult a doctor immediately.
What kind of dosage should I be taking?
The answer is going to be different to this question for every individual.
Individuals who are suffering from more extreme levels of hypogonadism may require a higher dosage than someone who is only just dipping below the natural levels of what is considered normal.
A dosage to increase your T levels can vary greatly from 50-400mg which is usually prescribed to be injected once per month or once every two weeks depending on the derivative of testosterone that you are taking.
The Cypionate derivative of testosterone has a slower release of testosterone and a longer half-life than most others.
How do I take testosterone?
There are a number of mediums of testosterone application available on the market today that facilitate the introduction of testosterone into the body.
Some of these mediums are more effective and safer than others due to how they are ingested.
Some of the more common mediums of testosterone delivery are:
- Skin patches
- Mouth Patches
There are varying degrees of effectiveness for each method of delivery, some individuals decide to opt for one method over the other due to personal preference as well.
When it comes to health and safety, there are studies and generally accepted theories as to which methods are the least impactful in regards to negative side effects.
According to medpagetoday.org, the overall discussion when comparing testosterone patches, gels and short-acting testosterone injections had resulted in acknowledging that short-acting injections were associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular events, hospitalisations, and death when compared to gels or patches.
However, this study did not include long-acting testosterone formulations which provide more of a steady state of testosterone release throughout the day as opposed to short-acting which sees more spikes and drops instead.
It is largely agreed upon that smaller doses of testosterone are considered to be a lot safer to administer to individuals rather than shorter programmes of a higher dosage.
The main takeaway from this section when considering which dosage of testosterone you should be taking is that you should first and foremost, consult a medical professional.
By consulting a doctor who has analysed your bloodwork (if you would like to take a blood test and have a qualified doctor discuss your results with you, click here to order your blood test today) you will be able to have a more accurate representation of where your current T levels are at and what the next steps moving forwards should be for you.
A lower dosage over a longer period of time is usually the best method to avoid negative side effects when administering testosterone, however, there are special cases of individuals with more extreme levels of hypogonadism where a larger dose may be warranted.
What should I consider before taking Testosterone?
Before undertaking any form of TRT, you should always consult with a doctor in order to gain the best knowledge of what your current situation, in regards to your bloodwork, actually is.
Here at Project-Alpha, we initially take you through a short questionnaire which will give us a good idea of the types of symptoms that you have been experiencing before consulting with our team.
Once you have completed our questionnaire, you will then be presented with your initial results.
These results will allow you to see whether you may currently be suffering from low T levels and whether we would recommend booking in a consultation with one of our medical professionals.
In order to get the best view possible of what you T levels are, we would highly recommend ordering a blood test which, once sent back off to our lab, we can then analyse your results (which will be available for you to see through our client portal) and discuss with you our suggestions for moving forwards with any possible TRT.
Within the discussions with our team, we will conduct a full background questionnaire which will highlight to us any previous medical conditions, medication that you are currently taking that we need to be aware of, history of diabetes or certain cancers amongst other pieces of information that we need before we can recommend a specific subscription package.
If you are currently experiencing some of the following condition/are taking any forms of medication then please inform our team during your consultation:
- Heart problems
- Sleep apnoea
- Elevated red blood cell count
- Are considering having children
Always consult with a physician or doctor who is familiar with testosterone treatment such as our team here at Project-Alpha who will be able to properly advise on everything you need to know before taking testosterone.
How do I know If I have low testosterone?
There are a number of symptoms that may arise should you have low T levels.
A lot of individuals may assume they have low T levels after experiencing extended periods of time with low energy levels and a low mood.
These can be slightly less obvious signs of low testosterone levels however, there are more obvious signs that you may be suffering from low T.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we would suggest taking our short questionnaire so that you can gain a better overview of if you are suffering from low testosterone:
- Extreme hair loss
- Low sperm count/infertility
- Rapid weight gain
- Fatigue (over an extended period of time)
- Low sex drive/difficulties maintaining an erection
- Inability to concentrate
- Enlarged breast tissue
- Reduction in muscle mass
As you can see, testosterone plays a major role in the functioning of the body and can lead to a number of health problems should you have lower than normal levels.
It is important to note that testosterone should not be used recreationally as this can greatly increase the chances of health defects to occur when not under the supervision of a doctor, or if you have sourced your own testosterone supplements.
Through various forms of social media, there appears to be an increase in the usage of testosterone or products that are believed to be testosterone.
When T is not prescribed by a medical professional, you cannot be certain as to whether the provider of said products have undergone the training necessary in order to properly advise on proper dosage and how to administer the product for optimal benefits and safety of the individual.
Choosing to source testosterone supplements without the advice and guidance of a knowledgeable physician is never a good idea.
Ensuring that you are using products that have been fully regulated by the government and have been approved as being ‘safe for use’ is highly important.
Testosterone Cypionate is a derivative of testosterone that has been shown to have a longer half-life than other derivatives and has a slower rate of dispersion of testosterone.
It is generally accepted that administering testosterone in smaller doses proves to be more effective and introduces fewer health risks.
Testosterone Cypionate was approved back in 1979 and has been introduced into the UK market in recent years and is practically identical to the more commonly used Testosterone Enanthate (with one more carbon atom attached on an atomic level which increases its half-life slightly).
With the two derivatives of testosterone being incredibly similar, there aren’t too many differences between them.
However, some clinics have started using Testosterone Cypionate as opposed to Enanthate due to a few main factors.
Testosterone Enanthate is a lot less soluble than Cypionate, the carrier oil for which Enanthate is dissolved in is a lot thicker or ‘viscous’ compared to the carrier oil for Cypionate.
With the Cypionate derivative, olive oil is used to dissolve it and can come with certain benefits.
Olive oil is a lot less viscous when compared to sesame oil which has a tendency to leave lumps underneath the skin when used within a subcutaneous injection. This can cause the individual being injected to suffer from an irritating pain and slight swelling.
Due to olive oil being a lot more fluid, the efficiency of delivery is one of the major draws of the Cypionate derivative compared to Enanthate.
As well as not taking as long to dissolve within the carrier oil, Cypionate also has a smaller chance of congealing.
Should the oil congeal when injected into subcutaneous tissue, the absorption rate is drastically reduced thus providing a less effective method of testosterone delivery.
Overall, Testosterone Cypionate appears to be an easier to administer derivative of testosterone for both the doctor and patient as well as reducing the possibility of any minor complications when injecting testosterone into subcutaneous tissue which is a preferred method by a substantial number of medical professionals.
Another positive point to make about Testosterone Cypionate is that, because of how similar the chemical build up is when compared to Testosterone Enanthate, patients who are currently being prescribed the Enanthate derivative can be seamlessly transitioned onto Cypionate without any complications.
If you have not already taken our short questionnaire, we would highly advise that you check it out to see whether you may be suffering from low T levels.
Once you have taken our questionnaire, we don’t stop helping you there. You can also order one of our blood tests so that our team of medical professionals can analyse your results and advise you on the best course of action to take moving forwards.
If you would like to get in contact with us, you can send us all o your questions through our contact page and we aim to get back to you with 3-5 working days.