Enanthate vs. Cypionate vs. Propionate – Which Testosterone is Best?
Low T does not happen overnight. It is a slow and gradual process that affects a man over many years or even decades. Beginning somewhere around the age of thirty, the body starts to decrease the amount of testosterone produced by anywhere from 1 to 2 percent each year. When we start to discuss the need for treatment, the conversation often gets around to the merits of testosterone enanthate vs. cypionate vs. propionate. With so many choices, it is often hard to know which option is going to be best. That is why the guidance of an experienced hormone replacement therapy specialist is crucial to a positive outcome from treatment.
Testosterone propionate typically has to be injected on a daily or every other day basis. This can be both a costly and uncomfortable prospect as testosterone propionate injections are often said to hurt a bit upon administration.
Testosterone cypionate and testosterone enanthate are more commonly prescribed, with cypionate edging out enanthate in the majority of cases. This will be discussed in further depth in the next section that shows the benefits of treatment for Low T.
Benefits of Testosterone Injections
The main reason why anyone should seek out help for Low T is the benefits that come from testosterone injections. Symptoms such as low libido, fatigue, muscle decline, memory loss, joint pains, hair loss, and weight gain are all associated with low testosterone levels in the body.
Here is a list of the benefits that most men can expect from testosterone treatment:
- Increased energy and stamina
- Stronger muscles and better muscle tone definition
- Improved bone density
- Better flexibility and reduce joint pain
- Deeper sleep
- Enhanced libido, sexual arousal, and pleasure
- Reversal of erectile dysfunction
- Thicker hair with possible regrowth
- Sharper memory and cognitive functions
- Positive heart benefits
- Increased red blood cell production
- Loss of belly fat due to properly functioning metabolism
- Improved motivation, drive, performance, and productivity
Here is some information on the three different types of testosterone injections and why one might be a better choice over another:
- Testosterone Enanthate
There are two main differences when comparing testosterone enanthate vs. testosterone cypionate – half-life and suspension oils. Testosterone enanthate is suspended in sesame oil, and is available under the brand names of Delatestryl and Watson, as well as generically compounded in licensed pharmacies in the US to the same stringent directions as the brand names. Compounded testosterone enanthate can save a person quite a bit of money over the duration of the treatment, especially since its half-life is typically 8 – 10 days, meaning its administration occurs sooner than testosterone cypionate. Some men can benefit from testosterone injections at a slightly more frequent pace, and if so, this is the better choice.
The most often recommended form of testosterone therapy is testosterone cypionate injections for their long-lasting effects and low price. While most people readily identify the brand name of Depo-Testosterone; Watson and generically compounded testosterone cypionate will work just as well, and for less monetary outlay. Testosterone cypionate is suspended in cottonseed oil and carries a half-life of 10 – 12 days, requiring fewer injections than testosterone enanthate. Most men will find that their shots are as infrequent as once every 10 to 14 days.
Testosterone propionate is the oldest form of injectable testosterone, and its half-life is but a few days, making it a poor choice for long-term treatment of Low T. Most doctors only use it to jump start positive results in men with extremely low levels of blood testosterone, or if treatment has stopped working, and a boost is needed.
Selecting the Testosterone Injections That Are Right for You
Selecting the type of treatment that is going to be best for your needs requires a doctor’s input into the subject. This can only occur after the completion of blood analysis because the hormone specialist will need to review these results along with the findings from a physical examination and medical history questionnaire to determine the best approach for each individual. There is no comparison when looking at testosterone enanthate or testosterone cypionate vs. testosterone propionate. The short-term effects of testosterone propionate make it a costly and often painful proposition for most men, and it is not as safe to use long-term as the other forms of treatment.
Although most men will find that testosterone cypionate is the best choice, there are times when the doctor will determine that testosterone enanthate is the ideal option. Here at Kingsberg Medical, we work closely with each person to ensure that the right type of treatment for Low T is prescribed and provided in the most economical and affordable way possible.
Please contact our hormone replacement clinic for a complimentary, confidential consultation to discuss your personal situation.Brian Leeber