I am going to start a running log, for myself, and also for the purpose of spreading information. If you have any questions, please ask.
Started TRT in August 2016, had a rough time for the first year, chasing estrogen numbers. Major setback for me. Has caused horrible knee pain that I still experience to some extent today. I am able to squat again, ride a bike. But at a certain point it hurt to walk and stand.
Things have been 100% better since I have stopped directly messing with my e2. I also have had issues with everyday supplements causing me to crash my e2.
Here is my Protocol:
Testosterone Cypionate 45mg twice a week (90 total)
When the labs were drawn, I felt pretty good, but there is definitely room for improvement. Id say my libido is about 70% of where I would like it, but its still decent. Morning erections are pretty much constant, sometimes I wont have one if I drink or eat like shit. Libido seems to be really high right when I wake up, then it comes down to baseline. Motivated for the gym, making decent gains, holding onto strength.
Total Test 742 ng/dl 241-827
Free Test 92.6 pg/ml 46.0-224
(for reference, before TRT, my free test was at 45 on this scale. I felt like dog shit.)
SHBG 42 nmol/L 10 -50
Estradiol 33 pg/ml <40 reference
Prolactin 9.5 ng/ml 2.1-17.7
PSA 0.67 ng/ml 0-4
TSH 1.5120 uIU/ml .55-4.78
RBC 5.15 4.4-5.9
HGB 16.2 13.3-17.7
HCT 46.6 39-52
Cholesterol 156 mg/dl <200
Triglyceride 25 L mg/dl 40-160
HDL 53 mg/dl >40
LDL Cholesterol Calc 98 mg/dl <130
CHOL/HDL RATIO 2.9 Ratio 2.8-5.0
Doctor ordered these without asking so I figured I’d post them.
FSH 0.5L miu/ml 1.4-18.1
LH <0.07L miu/ml 1.5-9.3
I’d would like my free test to be higher. Compared to when I first started, a free test of 45, I felt terrible. I feel “good” but not amazing, like I was when I was messing around with 50mg twice a week. Next change is going to 50 a week, 100 total. I will re-evaluate with labs at 6-8 weeks after change. Change date was 11/26.
My Triglycerides have been really low on my last 2 labs now. My first one I was taking fish oil, but I have stopped since then. The PCP I see said she thinks its more related to lower carb. She specializes in diabetic patients and says people who eat a lot of carbs have higher triglycerides. Doesn’t make sense to me though, the last 2 months I have been off my diet a little and have been eating like crap! Well, not fast food everyday, but not my normal diet. Basically going all out on weekends and being good during the week.
maybe @mertdawg can take a look at my lipids? Welcome to the TRT board btw.
I was deficient in vitamin D on my last lab, after I stopped all supplements due to E2 issues. My next “experiment” will involve me slowly starting some supplements and checking e2 every 2 weeks to either confirm or deny whether it has an effect on my E2.