I have been on TRT for 1.5 years now. Like many, I’ve had the up and downs as I try to dial in my protocol. My TT prior to trt was 180. I’m very fit, eat healthy and overall maintain a healthy lifestyle. I’ve been through the stickies and have tried about everything.
I have tried many protocols but nothing has given me the energy or libido consistenly. I have periods of time where things are great but then it falls off.
Here are labs from my protocol of twice weekly injections.
Test Cyp - 60mg E3.5 Days
HCG - 200 iu on same day as test cyp
This lab was drawn the day before my next injection. I had been on this protocol for 3 months. I had the most side effects from this protocol. I had problems sleeping and had a lot of joint pain in my legs. Energy was down and was a little depressed.
TT - 466 (300 - 1080)
FT - 78 (33 - 106)
E2 - 17 (10 - 42)
SHBG - 24 (11 - 80)
Cortisol 20 - (Morning blood test)
Vitamin D - 42 (20 - 50)
17OH Hydroprogestrone 286 - (45 - 203)
DHEA - 327 (80 - 560)
Here are my labs from weekly injections - 3 months on this protocol
120mg Test Cyp - once weekly
200 iu hcg - Twice per week. Two days before and the day before test cyp injection
Labs taken at trough
TT - 520 (300 - 1080)
FT - 95 (33 - 106)
E2 - 18
Labs taken one day after shot
TT - 1230 (300 - 1080)
FT - 109 (33 - 106)
E2 - 33
I felt the best on this protocol but developed severe back acne and eventually the benefits dwindled.
When I took even 1/8 a pill of AI my E2 plummeted to the single digits. Ive never really need an AI.
I’ve had thyroid checked and its fine.
I was surprised by how poorly I responded to twice weekly injections. Maybe I should try E5D? Does anyone have any advice on what to try next? I know each person is different but hoping someone out there has some wisdom. Thanks!