Been a year on TRT, but my E2 is still out of whack. Recently went from 2x T Cyp injections at 50mg, 350 iu HCG, while supplementing with DIM and DHEA, to now just taking 20mg Cyp daily. Felt great first day, but been feeling kind of shitty everyday afterwards. Even taking 500 mg of DIM daily.
Thought my E2 would balance after going with daily injections. Should I continue with my current dose until I get more blood tests or should I go ahead and lower the dose since I’ve been feeling shitty so consecutively?
My lab results last week (before going everyday injections) were:
You mentioned you recently changed from 50 twice weekly --> 20mg daily, but whenever you change anything about your protocol, testosterone and estrogen levels will be fluctuating for the next 6 weeks and which time hormone levels will stabilize and you will start feeling better.
You actually increase your total weekly dosages going from 50mg twice weekly (100mg weekly) to 20mg daily which adds up to 140mg weekly, this was a terrible idea because now in 5 weeks your testosterone and estrogen will be much higher than a week ago, so you thought you had estrogen problems last week, wait until 5 more weeks!
You need to dial everything down to about 12-14mg daily because your current dosage is too gosh darn high. DHEA will increase estrogen and so to will HCG, so be decreasing the dosages of either or stopping them altogether, estrogen will decrease. If you had just dropped the HCG a week ago, estrogen would have decreased without any change in testosterone and you would be feeling better by now.
Another area of concern is your TSH and while fT3 is good, high rT3 can deactivate some of the fT3 and cause hypothyroid symptoms. If you try to dial-in in your TRT protocol when there are thyroid problems, well good luck because it’ll never happen. The liver is responsible for the clearance rates of estrogen and thyroid hormones are the main driver of this process.
Google “Optimal VS Normal Thyroid Levels for all Lab Tests & Ages”, you will see optimal TSH is 1.0-1.5 for “healthy adults”, and rT3 <15 ng/dL.
First of all the distribution of TSH reference range is not normal, with median values (also depending on population iodine intake) usually between 1-1.5 mU/L. There is also an argument that significant number of patients (up to 30%) with TSH above 3.0 mU/L have an occult autoimmune thyroid disease.
Your estrogen is within range to your Testosterone. A good ratio I use is 15-25:1 (15-25 T for every 1 E).
Like has already been stated whenever you change shit your hormones are out-of-whack for a couple months. Even small changes will have me feeling worse for 8 weeks before it gets better. You should stick to a testosterone only protocol for at least 8 weeks and then decide where to go next. Otherwise you’ll be posting the same thread this time next year.
Been tweaking my 2x week protocol about every month for a year. Never found something that felt totally in sync, just some protocols that felt better than others. Currently only done daily injections for 5 days, however, my e2 is way high. Feeling very sleepy all the time, which rarely happened before. So, thinking lowering my dose starting tomorrow. Don’t think it will stabilize anytime soon.
When I switched to daily I felt the same thing for 6-8 weeks and then started feeling better than before.
How do you know your E2 is high after 5 days on daily? You are blaming the feeling most everyone gets from protocol changes on estrogen when in reality it’s just what happens when you change shit. It only took me 8 months of doing the same thing (changing shit too early) to figure that out so hopefully you’re a better study than I.
That’s exactly what I was thinking when in came to collectively increasing my T. I had a consultation with a TRT specialist, but they failed to take this into account. I guess their reasoning was that a much lower dose (50mg to 20mg) would limit the amount of estrogen I would have in my body at a given time.
I’m aware. This is why I stopped DHEA and HCG while starting this new protocol. Ideally I want two protocols - one with HCG and one without for traveling convenience.
What do you recommend I do about my high rT3?
Thanks again for your great reply, exactly what I was looking for.
All the high E2 symptoms. Most notably I feel very sleepy middle of the day ever since changing to this protocol. And only 2 weeks ago, I got bloodwork that came back 44.9 E2. With my clear symptoms and recent bloodwork, the evidence leads far more to high e2 than not. As you mentioned, it is likely to get better eventually, but I’m just concerned the past few days were a big red flag something miscalculated.
Ok. I’m just telling you I thought the same thing, did 8,000 different things to control estrogen and when I finally gave up and just took T at a set dose/protocol and gave it enough time I was miraculously cured.
So just suffer through is the solution? If that’s the case, then would you still recommend daily injections? And is it possible to have two protocols - One with HCG and one without for times of the year I’m traveling?
I would suggest T only at the dose & protocol of your choosing and then wait 8 weeks. Surely after a year you have an idea of dosage so you shouldn’t be too far off. After the 8 weeks get labs and compare that to how you feel and adjust.
Thanks. And do you recommend anything to help reduce the negative effects of this new protocol while I wait it out? I’ve found DIM, coffee and eating tons of broccoli to be my saving grace. Not sure if adding anything else would distort the timeline I’ve got to work with.
I know the feeling and I’ve been there but in the end those things just make shit worse. Double up the coffee and flush the DIM.
One thing I’ve found that helps tremendously is sublingual B12 (not regular B12 which is worthless). This shit works wonders for clean energy (make you feel like you think you should feel). I’d give it a try. You put it under your tongue and let it dissolve and the rest of the day you have energy.
What do you do if you have a doc adamant about prescribing an AI? I brought up my concern with crashing E2 and he told me he doesn’t prescribe enough to crash it and I should be taking it. He prescribed 0.25mg weekly, but I’m not taking it. Have some concerns about him seeing my levels after my first recheck labs.