Testosterone affects where fat is deposited in your body. Fat deposits that you had pre testosterone will not “shift”, but any new fat that is added to your body will be deposit in your stomach area mainly instead of your hips.
Testosterone can cause changes to your moods a couple of reasons. If you have functioning ovaries prior to starting testosterone, your ovaries’ production of estrogen will slowly decrease while your blood levels of testosterone increase.This can cause menopausal symptoms for several months which include moodiness. After a few months of testosterone, though, this frequently levels out. Many people report they feel much less moody overall, after being on testosterone for many months, than they ever felt prior to taking it.
Testosterone will not cause “roid rage”. A person’s tendency to fly into a rage when angry is more a function of emotional maturity and is not increase by testosterone. How a person behaves pre- testosterone is a pretty goof indicator of how they will behave post- testosterone once their testosterone ans estrogen levels have shifted completely.
Because testosterone causes your ovaries to turn off, you periods usually stop after 3-4 months of being on testosterone. If testosterone is stopped, and your ovaries are still present, your periods will begin again if you are pre-menopausal in age.
Testosterone will cause the sweat and oil glands in your skin to become more active. This can cause acne which may or may not improve after your body adjusts to “T”. A physician can help minimize this if it becomes an issue. Also, the decrease of estrogen in your body can cause your skin to lose its’ subcutaneous fat layer. This layer of fat just underneath the skin is frequently associated with the “softness” attributed to a woman. Once this layer is lost, muscles and veins are easier to see beneath the skin, and can affect your overall appearance.
Testosterone will increase your body’s production of red blood cells. This helps to move oxygen into the additional muscle that testosterone builds up, but it can affect your blood pressure as well. If you have a history of high blood pressure pre “T”, it is especially important to see a physician to monitor this when testosterone is started.