Sub Q Injections VS IM For Testosterone

Sub Q Injections VS IM For Testosterone

For most bodybuilders and patients of Hormone Replacement Therapy it was said from the medical community that the most effective form of using testosterone was through Intra Muscular injections. The issue with this is that repetitive IM injections will cause scar tissue over time as well as increase the chance of Piriformis syndrome:

PIRIFORMIS syndrome is an uncommon and often undiagnosed cause of buttock and leg pain. It may be caused by anatomic abnormalities of the piriformis muscle and the sciatic nerve resulting in irritation of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. Indeed, case reports of the syndrome secondary to anomalies of the piriformis muscle have been described.

Basically most people administer their injections in their glute muscle using a 1 inch or 1.5 inch needle. They often hit their piriformis muscle which will cause irritation of the sciatic nerve and give them symptoms of temporary sciatica, as well as cause lower back tightness. This is a problem if your goal is building muscle and your want to train legs. Having a tight piriformis will make squatting very difficult and cause your lower back to lock up very quick.

Another issue from IM injections is by using a larger needle the testosterone goes into the muscle very fast 3 seconds for IM shot vs 20-30 seconds from sub q shot. The slower the oil goes into the muscle the less chance for damage of the tissue.

A viable alternative..Sub Q with insulin needles

People would hear this an laugh and say it doesn’t work but looking at the article below their is now research showing that the patients using this type of injections had stable testosterone levels. Which means that sub q injections work just fine at absorbing testosterone into the bloodstream. More importantly since the needle is so small 29gauge compared to 23 or 25gauge there is less damage and less scar tissue.

Secondly you run a much lower chance of hitting a nerve or getting piriformis issues

Third- I believe and their is research coming out to support this that by injecteing sub q into the fat the testosterone is released more slowly than IM shots causing less of an initial hormonal spike which in turn causes less estrogen (less bloating)!

And last, its much easier and more convenient. Granted this is for lower injection amounts which would make sense to do more frequent injections at a lower dose.

Instead of using .3 or .5 cc twice a week as doctors advise for HRT which is about 140-200mg someone can do 20mg daily or 40 mg every other day. The insulin needle takes longer to fill up and longer to do the shot. By using a lower amount the process is easier and quicker. Not to mention more frequent injections will provide more stable blood levels and less estrogen conversion.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17143361

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