KSMan - Thank you very much for your reply...and Happy New Year!
I've just started getting reviewing the stickies again. I did post once before here, last year, but started this new thread because, well, the old post just had a lot of stuff in it that doesn't apply anymore and hasn't for quite a while, and really, this is essentially a brand new start with different parameters.
Anyhow...I think your protocol looks good. I am interested in the subcutaneous method of T injection, as everything I'd seen up to now (and what the doctor says) is that it is injected intramuscular with a pretty big needle. He also has the schedule at once/week, and I think that if I can inject using the same type of insulin needles that I will use for HcG injections, and do that more than once a week to avoid the swings in peaks/troughs, I'd be a lot happier.
I didn't see DRE as a listed acronym in the newbie's guide. What is that?
I am about 99.9% sure that I have done all of the blood tests that you listed. My doc carries around an iPad that has all of that, and I've looked over his shoulder as he's shown me at least some of the results. I'll see if I can get a good printout of the most recent test and post that here. All I know from that so far is what I posted: LH at 7.5, total T at 368.
No other health concerns other than some IBS problems that I manage well with diet, probiotics and Protonix.
From what I gather in talking with the doc, he seems to think that that 10,000 IU weekly dose is what is needed if using HcG exclusively to keep an optimal level of T at my age / with my hypogonadism condition. It seemed pretty extreme to me when I heard that, so wanted to check here.
I was intrigued by the HcG-only method because it seems a more natural, less risky method of increasing T by letting my own body do it, rather than just injecting exogenous T into my body. Is an HcG-only method something that is, shall I say, frowned upon here, then? Just interested for my own edification.