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I have tried nearly every cream, pill and patch imaginable in the HRT department. As of late, I have been using the Estring for vaginal dryness and have taken the other menopause symptoms in stride. However, the loss of libido/sex drive has taken its toll. I am also taking Wellbutrin XL for depression, but as I understand....that AD is not supposed to affect the sex drive.
I did have blood tests done in October and at that time, my free testosterone came in on the low side of 'normal' (0.2). After talking with my gyn and relaying my recent symptoms to her (hair loss, sore joints, urinary incontinence, loss of sex drive/libido).....we decided to try the compounded testosterone cream (methyltest 2% in vanishing 30G). She told me to apply 1 inch (1ml) before bedtime.
MY QUESTIONS........what time of day should I really be using this? Will it keep me up at night if I use it before bed? Should I be using this every day? Every other day?
Thanks so much for any insight that can be shared.
I have used mine at bedtime with no problems at all, but occasionally some women have reported that testosterone gives them a bit of a burst of energy. You might try using it at bedtime, and if you find it keeps you up, switch to mornings. I really don't think it makes much difference.
Thanks so much for the replies. My gyn said to use it at bedtime, so...I'll give that a try and see what happens! I suppose I should try using it every day, unless symptoms of "too much testosterone" happen to appear? Then, I can tweak the dosage? How long will it take before I feel any effects of using the testosterone cream?
I noticed a difference after about three days but it took a couple of weeks to realize the full benefits. I started out using my 1% cream every night and gradually cut back when I noticed symptoms such as oily skin and oily hair. I don't have problems with that now and I use the cream no more than once a week.
Check the Too Much/Too Little symptom list for the signs of too much testosterone. If you notice any, cut back on it.
Good luck with your new cream! I hope it's helpful for you.
I do experience a bit of a rush when I apply the testosterone so I always apply it in the morning as if I apply it at night I end up having a very sleepless night. You may have to experiment and find what time of day works out best for you.
I used the cream daily for a few weeks, than went to every other day, than to a few times a week. Now, years later I only need to apply a few times a month.
Thanks for the replies! Kim, I put it on last night and everything seemed ok (then again, it was Christmas eve and I was exhausted!). I'll see what happens in a few days. So far, I feel no difference at all.