-Waist: size 34 pants
-Describe body and facial hair: Plenty of hair on legs, forearms, chest, thicker beard bellow the jaw, thinner above
-Describe where you carry fat and how changed: Mostly lower back, some thighs, same as younger but not as lean
-Health conditions, symptoms [history]: Mild BPH over the last year, gallbladder removal 3 years ago
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever: Rogaine and Flomax (didn't help much, used for 2 weeks only)
-Describe diet [some create substantial damage with starvation diets]: In the last 3 years mostly whole foods: meats, eggs, potatoes, rice, dairy, fruits, vegetables, I limit the junk-food, alcohol occasionally
-Describe training split, 2x a week for each
-Testes ache, ever, with a fever?: No
-How have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed: Went from frequent and rock hard to infrequent and not as firm
Up to about 3 years ago I had zero problems/symptoms. Sex drive was sky high, performance was great, could get hard on demand, could bang the girlfriend 3 times in a row without losing wood. After gallbladder surgery (related?) the libido slowly started going downhill. Less interest, refractory period increased, more stimulation needed to get a good erection. The decline was gradual, I assumed my body was naturally slowing down as I got to 30s and accepted the fact that I wont always be a stud in my 20s. However, over the last year it has gotten to the point where symptoms are getting worse a little too fast. Nowadays, I can lose interest and the erection mid-act. When I do finish, the orgasm is not nearly as strong and I also noticed that the ejaculation velocity has diminished. This has taken a huge toll on my relationship with my gf. Luckily, the libido and erections are the only problems I have. I am not depressed, energy is pretty good. I have decent levels of strength in the gym considering my labs. I noticed a slight dip in competitiveness at work, however.
Labs prior to HRT:
Total T: 264, Range: 196 - 782
Free T: 5.18, Range: 5.2 - 18
Bioavailable T: 132, Range: 119 - 470
Percentage Free T: 2.0, Range 1.5 - 3.1%
SHBG: 30, Range: 12 - 59
Estradiol: 24, Range <39
FSH: 5.9, Range: 1.6 - 8
Prolactin: 11.7, Range: 2.0 - 18
Glucose: 90, Range: 70 - 99
BUN: 17.1, Range: 8.4 - 25.7
TSH: 1.51, Range: 0.35 - 4.94
PSA: 0.67, Range: 0 - 4
Vitamin D: 35, Range: 30 - 96
Red Blood Cell Count: 4.65, Range: 4.2 - 5.8
Hemoglobin: 15.1, Range: 13.2 - 17.1
Hematocrit: 44.2, Range: 38.5 - 50.0
Total Cholesterol: 246, Range: <200
Total LDL: 170, Range: <130
Total HDL: 59, Range: >40
Triglycerides: 54, Range: <150
C REACTIVE PROTEIN: 3.4, RANGE: <1.0
HOMOCYSTOINE: 13.0, RANGE: <11.4
-The last 2 markers have me worried as they are above range. Any insight into this would be appreciated. Also, my total and LDL cholesterol raised an eyebrow. Should I be worried?
-After weeks of deciding which doctor, blood labs, semen analysis, I finally got my first T shot last week on Friday, 6/6/14.
-Doc's protocol is 160mg Test Cyp IM 1x/week. Arimidex .5gm 2x/week. Asked him about HCG for testicles/mood, he thinks I don't need it but is willing to prescribe it. I have a 10,000 vial on the way.
-From what I read here, Test Cyp might be little high at that dosage. I want to work with my doc but also tweak my protocol just a little:
Test Cyp 60mg E3D, 140mg/week
Arimidex 0.5mg E3D, 1.17mg/week
HCG 250iu E3D
I will keep this thread updated whenever I do blood tests or notice change in symptoms (good or bad). Any input is greatly appreciated.