Men, cigars with Orest of should be on your bucket list. What did the 67 year old retired surgeon turned vlogger have on his mind? The highlights include TRT, marriage and what men can do to live kick ass lives.

The latter is Orest’s main theme of his blog,, where his focus is on helping men live a kick ass second half of life.

We both agreed that testosterone levels are central to a man’s well being and quality of life*. Orest has been on TRT for over 20 years, while I’ve been toying with the idea of TRT for the very purpose of preserving my overall wellness as I head deeper into my 40’s.

Neither of us are qualified to give advice on if or when a man should consider TRT, but from our own personal experience, there’s a strong correlation between your testosterone levels and sense of wellness.

I’ve been able to keep my levels up through heavy lifting in the gym, but I’d be foolish not to get medical advice on this matter to see if I’m at normal levels or if in fact my levels are tapering off.

The worry for most men is what happens to our balls if we take testosterone. The general belief is that they’ll shrink; which no man voluntarily wants to happen.

Per Dr. Alan Pastuszak of the Health University of Utah, “If testosterone is taken by itself, it interrupts the connection between the brain and testicles. The testes will stop producing testosterone and over time will begin to shrink. In some cases, the testicles will shrivel up to the size of raisins. hCG helps keep them the right size during testosterone therapy.” (source)

What is hCG? According to, “HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone present at high levels in early pregnancy.”

This is certainly a rabbit hole you can go down and Orest provides a library of content devoted to this topic with an expert panel who go into great detail. Visit Orest’s blog here: (

As we broadened the focus of our conversation, the topic of marriage came up and I was curious to hear what Orest’s life experience was on this subject. He married at the age of 40 and it has worked out for him like it has for many people.

My position still remains that marriage is an option, but not the only path a man can take. Yes you risk loneliness later in life if you don’t secure a long term partner, but your quality of life can decrease if you pick the wrong partner. So while I don’t have anything against marriage, I certainly recommend holding out as long as possible and not get married for the sake of being married.

Being alone and happy is 100% better than being married and miserable. The flip side of that statement also applies and this is where Orest’s advice comes in handy.

If being alone isn’t serving your best life, but you can’t seem to keep a partner in your life then its time to look within yourself and find out what is keeping people out of your life.

The easy answer is, “its them and not me…”, but in reality you can only control what you do and therein lies the devil. Your opinion of yourself may not be what your partner (past, present or future) holds of you and if your goal is keeping someone around out of personal choice, then you will need to learn how to be in a relationship.

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