Hello all, so this is going to be a little bit of a long topic with likely a lot of rambling due to my formatting skills but I will try to do my best.
I am a 28 y/o male. Back in June of 2021 I noticed my libido and ability to function in bed had dropped significantly. I found a company online called “renew vitality” they sent me to get labs at labcorp informed me that my Test levels were 360 and set me up with a doctor. I seen said doctor and was informed that TRT was the best solution considering my symptoms and T level. I was prescribed Finasteride .5 dailty for hair loss, anastrozole 1mg on injection days to combat estrogen, and 200mg a week of Test Cyp. 2 100mg shots per week Sundays and Thursdays.
Primary Care doctor
After being on Test for several months and doing a routine check up with my primary care doctor she informed me that she thought 200mgs was excessive and especially heinous that i was doing 2 100mg shots per week so she wanted to get labs which I will attach pictures of. They are kinda hard to read so I’ll type out what I can.
1st Lab taken 9-2-21
Free Test- 17.0
No estrogen info on the lab
2nd Lab taken 9-16-21
Test - 1288
Free Test - 30.9
Estradiol - Less than 5
at this point I was taking the 200mg per week my PCD then informed me that this was too high and I should go down to 1 shot per week (100mg) the following lab is doing 1 shot per week
3rd lab 11-16-21
my question being as far as the first two labs go I was on 200mg per week for both why is there such a difference in Test levels the only thing that was different was me not being fasted for the Blood work.
my next question my estradiol was less than 5 on my 2nd set of labs is that too low?
I’m back at two shots per week now just because I felt better with the two shots. Im getting bloodwork tomorrow at labcorp so I can order the next 15 week supply from renew vitality. I’m not a fan of paying north of $700 every 15 weeks for this medication but I want my life back in order and dont know what else to do being as I dont have health insurance. If i stick to two shots per week should i scale down on the anastrozole so my e2 will come up? is twice a week overkill?
I was also never shown how to do my IM shots I was just told by the doctor where to stick it in my quad. I’ve found that sometimes my sticks are clean no pain no blood and other times when i aspirate the needle only air comes in the syringe yet when i pull the needle out a stream of blood will follow not a lot but noticeable. did i miss the muscle and hit a vein/nerve am i wasting my shot when i do this?
and my last concern I was roughly 200 pounds before i started TRT i now fluctuate 222-226lbs. Iv’ve never been this heavy in my life is that due to the T? The anastrozole? I have a fair amount of muscle and workout 4 times per week the same as before the weight just seems like alot. Ive also noticed that when I first got on T my sex life was way better but it seems like its taking a dive again.
If you made it this far im sorry for my incoherent rambling and questions I just don’t know where to go from here.