Six weeks ago I started TRT and would appreciate feedback from people more knowledgeable than me.
First a little back story. I turned 50 last year and have always had a high T level. Never any AAS and no trouble building muscle or recovering… Until about 5 years ago. 45 shows up and I’m lethargic, progressively lower libido, can’t maintain erection, symptoms of depression, etc. etc… etc…
I’ve been on TRT seven weeks today. 200mg Testosterone Cyp total per week administered in two doses IM 3.5 days apart to the hour.
I’ve been using Arimidex 1mg to 1.5 mg per week through week 4. week 5 and 6 I only took .5mg. I wish I had been consistent but was feeling off and was convinced it was the Arimidex. I don’t know now.
During Week 1 I donated blood because I was concerned about my red blood cell count, hemocrit and hemoglobin.
I lift every morning and feel fantastic. My joints are great, recovery is great, libido is mostly back. Could be better though. I feel very clear headed and my sleep is awesome.
First Blood Test Week 0 - Before TRT.
TESTOSTERONE, TOTAL, MS 645 NORMAL 250-1100 ng/dL 03
TESTOSTERONE, FREE 97.8 NORMAL 35.0-155.0 pg/mL 03
ESTRADIOL,ULTRASENSITIVE, LC/MS 54 HIGH < OR = 29 pg/mL 02
DHEA SULFATE 360 NORMAL 70-495 mcg/dL 01
TSH 2.66 NORMAL 0.40-4.50 mIU/L 01
PSA, TOTAL 3.8 NORMAL < OR = 4.0 ng/mL 01
RED BLOOD CELL COUNT 6.02 HIGH 4.20-5.80 Million/uL 01
HEMOGLOBIN 18.8 HIGH 13.2-17.1 g/dL 01
HEMATOCRIT 52.5 HIGH 38.5-50.0 % 01
CHOLESTEROL, TOTAL 253 HIGH <200 mg/dL 01
HDL CHOLESTEROL 71 NORMAL >40 mg/dL 01
TRIGLYCERIDES 108 NORMAL <150 mg/dL 01
LDL-CHOLESTEROL 160 HIGH mg/dL (calc) 01
Second Blood Test Week 6
TESTOSTERONE, TOTAL, MS 1478 HIGH 250-1100 ng/dL 03
TESTOSTERONE, FREE 301.9 HIGH 35.0-155.0 pg/mL 03
ESTRADIOL,ULTRASENSITIVE, LC/MS 130 HIGH < OR = 29 pg/mL 02
DHEA SULFATE 417 NORMAL 70-495 mcg/dL 01
TSH 1.83 NORMAL 0.40-4.50 mIU/L 01
PSA, TOTAL 3.1 NORMAL < OR = 4.0 ng/mL 01
RED BLOOD CELL COUNT 5.50 NORMAL 4.20-5.80 Million/uL 01
HEMOGLOBIN 17.5 HIGH 13.2-17.1 g/dL 01
HEMATOCRIT 50.0 NORMAL 38.5-50.0 % 01
CHOLESTEROL, TOTAL 226 HIGH <200 mg/dL 01
HDL CHOLESTEROL 58 NORMAL >40 mg/dL 01
TRIGLYCERIDES 97 NORMAL <150 mg/dL 01
LDL-CHOLESTEROL 147 HIGH mg/dL (calc) 01
I thought my E2 level would be much lower at the 2nd blood test. I’m not sure where to go from here with it. I hear many say don’t worry about it and others say to get it in the reference range. I’d like opinions on this. I do notice that my T/E ratio is pretty much the same between the two tests. Also my total T is close to 1500 now. What are your opinions on sustaining this long term?
Thanks and I intend to make this an ongoing thread and post periodic updates here.
Any input is very much appreciated!