How do I know if I have Low T?
Be honest with yourself. Are you as active as you used to be? If you go to the gym, are you making progress? Are you mentally strong, or do you struggle with brain fog? Are you underachieving, making excuses? Is your love life disappointing?
Those are all signs that something is wrong.
Low testosterone is likely, but it isn't the only possibility.
The only way to be sure is to take a blood test.
Do I need a blood test?
No. NKNW is available without prescription or blood work.
Blood work helps, but it is not crucial because there is no magic number when it comes to testosterone.
Imagine your blood work says 550. That's almost average, and your doctor will say it's good enough. Good luck getting a prescription! But ten years ago you may have been at 1100. That's a common level for healthy guys in their twenties. So you've lost half your testosterone, which is a serious problem, but your doctor is telling you that things are "normal."
Just remember how "normal" is defined. According to statistics, 80% of the population is normal. But look around. Most modern men are fat and sedentary. Average testosterone levels have plummeted since World War Two. Your own levels have probably dropped also. Are you as strong and passionate as you were ten years ago?
If you think about it, "normal" doesn't mean "natural," and it doesn't mean "good" or "ideal."
All that said, blood tests are nice because they can catch other issues, such as poor thyroid or immune function. They also help you track your progress and adjust your dosage.
Long story short: raise your testosterone to a level where you feel strong and passionate. You don't need bloodwork to do that, but it can help.
Speaking of levels, NKNW is designed to get you into the "high average" range. You won't reach "supranormal" levels unless you use one tube a week, but you can aim for the 1,000 ng/dL mark using one tube a month, which is the rate most people follow. Of course, getting to 1,000 is only realistic if you're beginning with low but not extremely low T. If you are at 150, then an average dose of NKNW might put you at 450 or 500.
I'm convinced my T is low. How do I raise it?
Four ways: Injections, gels, boosters, and changing your lifestyle.
What about injections?
Injections deliver a large dose of testosterone all at once. Chemicals inside the formula called esters will slow absorption to spread out the dose over time, but your mood will change based on how long it's been since your last shot.
You'll have to visit the doctor's office weekly or monthly, and doctors may charge +$150 for a shot. You can also learn to give yourself injections, and find cheaper testosterone on the black market.
In spite of the downsides, if you're serious about hardcore muscle building, injections are the most powerful way. A gel like NKNW gives results, but unless you're literally bathing in it you won't get as much testosterone as Mr Olympia.
What about gels?
Gel is a smoother way to keep your T levels high. Your body naturally produces extra T every morning, so we recommend a daily application first thing every morning. This is more natural than flooding your bloodstream with an injection of testosterone every seven days.
Gels are great if you travel frequently and don't want to carry needles and "gear" with you. NKNW in particular has discrete, safety oriented packaging.
There are a number of prescription gels on the market, such as Androgel, Testim, and Fortesta. NKNW is stronger, cheaper, and doesn't require a prescription.
Gels aren't for everyone, but the nice thing about NKNW is that you can start with just a few tubes to see if it's for you.
What about "Boosters"?
It's a bit intimidating to take legit testosterone. It's the real deal.
"Testosterone Boosters" market themselves as a soft and natural alternative. Unfortunately, there's nothing natural about paying $5 a day to swallow pellets of trendy powders. If you buy the hype, you'll get a placebo rush for a couple weeks. Then back to normal.
Notice that booster companies NEVER encourage you to do blood work. They don't even mention it. What does that tell you about results vs placebo?
Do yourself a favor. If NKNW sounds like too much, and you want something more "natural" then be natural. That means improving your lifestyle.
You've probably tried already, but don't give up. You need to embrace the discipline and not fool yourself with placebo "boosters."
What about lifestyle?
It isn't an easy road, and results aren't guaranteed.
- Heavy squats
- Cold showers
- Wind sprints
- Power poses
- Less sugar
- More sleep
- Fatty meats
- Way less alcohol.
When things get going, it's a virtuous cycle. For example, guys who have more sex have higher T, and guys who have higher T have more sex. It's the same with the gym. The more often you go, the more often you want to go.
The challenge is getting started. It's like, you have low T because your lifestyle is lousy, but your lifestyle is lousy because your T is low. So where do you even start?
If you've been stuck for a long time, especially if you're an older guy, it might take six months of discipline for your T levels to start creeping upwards. If you slip up for a while, or life gets in the way, you'll have to start all over again.
Plenty of guys use NKNW for a few months just to get the ball rolling. Before long, living a healthy lifestyle doesn't feel like discipline, it just feels natural.
What are the side effects?
The testosterone in NKNW is identical to what your body produces naturally. Unless you abuse NKNW and use it like sunscreen, you should remain comfortably within a high-average range of testosterone. Don't worry about looking like The Hulk overnight, or going through a second puberty being covered in acne.
With hormones it's all about balance. High testosterone should reduce "man boobs" and love handles by counteracting estrogen. But if you go really overboard with injections, your body will compensate by producing extra estrogen and you won't look good at all.
There is a strong relationship between testosterone and the prostate gland, and raising your T can either help or hurt prostate conditions. If you have prostate cancer, you should not use NKNW. Anyone at risk for prostate cancer should have regular exams.
High testosterone increases your red blood cell count. This should elevate your energy- however, if you have a heart condition or are prone to blood clots then you need to take care because it also increases blood viscosity. A hemocrit blood test can give you peace of mind if you are already at risk.
Men with high T are less prone to mood swings than men with low T. In scientific studies, they also sleep better and are more generous. "Roid rage" and mood swings is more of an issue with injectable steroids, and increased estrogen. However, as with anything, if you start getting cranky and moody around the time you start, you should consider stopping.
Bottom line: Research until you feel comfortable, and pay attention to the changes that are happening. Start with the recommended dose and adjust based on how you feel. Use common sense and if anything strange starts happening, stop! If you are using NKNW without a doctor's supervision the responsibility is in your hands.
When will I see changes with NKNW?
Testosterone usually effects your mood and libido in about 2 weeks, but some people report immediate results. We recommend giving it at least 5 weeks, unless you experience negative side effects. One tube is usually just enough to get the picture.
If you have erectile dysfunction, it may be three to six months before you see "solid" improvement. That's also the timeframe where you'll see undeniable increase in muscles and loss of fat.
Whether results come fast or slow, they can be dramatic. One guy even said, "it was like waking up without a hangover for the first time in years."
Can I go on and off?
Beginning "testosterone replacement therapy" is a big decision because so many men continue indefinitely. Generally speaking, that's because life is better on than off. If you get used to having more energy and confidence, it isn't easy to go back. And even if your lifestyle has improved thanks to NKNW, "cycling off" will drop you below the level you had when you started. Any time your levels go extremely low, chances are you'll be extremely stressed. When your body has adapted to an outside testosterone source, levels can go extremely low before slowly creeping back to normal.
If you do choose to cycle off, we certainly recommend to be thoughtful about the timing. If it's the middle of winter and you don't get outside much, plus you've just lost your job and your relationship is on rocky ground, that is probably NOT the time to dramatically reduce your dosage.
That said, it should be possible to run an experimental cycle of NKNW to get a taste of the experience. 30 days isn't enough to feel the full benefits, but it isn't so much that your body becomes dependent. Take a look at this article for more thoughts: The 30 Day Experiment.
Most people "go by feel" but this is another case where before/after blood tests can be very useful.
What about safety?
Absolutely no women or children should come in contact with NKNW. Our packaging is very clear on this. You also need to be careful about letting women or children touch your shoulders before you've washed them, especially within 2 hours of application.
Otherwise your girlfriend will end up with a mustache. . . which sounds funny for a second, but it really isn't a joke. Her fertility, mood, and other things can be effected. It may even raise her risk for cancer.
Why is it called "NKNW"?
We spell it out on the packaging. No Kids should touch this stuff, and No Women.
How do I use NKNW?
In the morning, when your T levels are naturally highest, gently spread the appropriate dose onto your shoulders or upper arms and let it dry. Thighs are also possible. We don't recommend any other body parts.
After a shower your skin is at its softest and will absorb the most T. Using a moisturizer on your shoulders after the shower will also help. After the testosterone gel has dried, you can go over it again with the same moisturizer or sunblock to really maximize absorption. Just the shower is enough, but the moisturizers do help. The idea is to soften the skin so that the gel can penetrate it.
After 1-2 it's okay to shower or wash your shoulder again. Some amount of testosterone will remain in the deeper levels of your skin and to slowly enter your bloodstream over the course of the day, but rinsing off won't stop this.
Definitely wash your hands immediately after use, and after 2 hours it isn't a bad idea to rinse your shoulders just in case someone comes into contact with them!
How much do I use?
The rule of thumb with a good transdermal gel is that 10% of the active ingredient is absorbed.
That means a 1mL dose of NKNW should deliver a 5mg dose of Testosterone, which is similar to the conservative starting dose doctors recommend for Andro-gel (4.1mg). Doctors frequently double that dose to 8mg, which is almost exactly what you'll get if you use one tube of NKNW per month (1.67mL = 8.3 daily mg).
For reference, 1mL is 1/5 of one tablespoon, or about the size of a pea.
The actual dose you get depends on how soft your skin is and how sensitive you are to the penetration agents in our formula. NKNW is excellent in that regard so you may well be getting 9-10mg per day especially if you follow the shower and moisturizer protocol.
After 4 weeks or so you can re-evaluate your dose. Blood work is the gold standard, but the key is how you feel. Tripling the standard dose to 3mL/15mg per day is not unheard of, but that's the line where you should strongly consider blood work. No need to jump into anything.
That's also the line where, unless you reach out to us about getting a bulk discount, you'll probably save money by using injections rather than gel.
What are the ingredients?
Many testosterone "boosters" contain junk ingredients or things like caffeine that will give you a quick rush. Some even include Viagra. But NKNW is simple. Just high quality testosterone suspended in a base of powerful delivery agents.
The base consists of:
1) Oleic Acid. A fatty acid found in olive oil and avocado.
2) Propylene Glycol. Commonly found in ice cream and other foods.
3) Polyquaternium-10. Commonly found in shampoo, even fancy organic ones.
4) Isopropyl myristate. Commonly found in luxury perfumes.
5) Ethyl Alcohol. Otherwise known as drinking alcohol.
6) Citric Acid. Found in citrus fruit.
7) Vitamin E