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After Starting TRT, When Should I Do First Bloodwork?


#1

Sorry if its already said in another thread but I couldnt find an answer. My endo wants me to do bw after 4 months. Seems a bit far. Is 4-5 weeks enough?


#2

My endo told me to get my blood drawn 3-4 days after my four injection, pretty close to the five half lives of testosterone. I don’t understand why he would want you to wait four months, doesn’t make sense to me. You should reach steady state by the fifth week.


#3

Ok so 5th week is good?


#4

Yes five weeks, but it takes much longer for most to start feeling significantly better.


#5

My first labs were about 3 weeks after starting. I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable waiting 4+ months between labs…to many variables to get dialed in, especially in the beginning.


#6

What is your starting protocol? Wait 6 weeks, test, and adjust/add AI based on results.


#7

Im on 80mg/week. No hcg no ai.


#8

Test after 6 weeks unless you have earlier symptoms of high E2. I’m an over responder to Arimadex so I had a roller coaster ride trying to dial in because they put me on a “typical dose” of AI. The concensus on here is 1mg of Arimadex for your normal 100mg test injection per week.