Finally joined the forum after lurking for years. Anyway, I have been on HRT for about 4 years now and I am 34 years old. I started with gels with my personal doctor and hated them (although 10g of testim did work to about 500 TT). Switched to shots every 2 weeks and thought this was great. Super easy and no worries/mess for my family to worry about. Primary Doc put me on different doses but we found after years of variations that 1.5cc every 2 weeks was the ticket for a 700 TT level for me. Then the Hematicrit problems started and I stayed at a 48 (?) on the bloodwork and we had to go back to 1cc every 2 weeks which didn't work. (please note this is before knowing about giving blood).
Step 2: 6 months ago I switched to an Endo and started from scratch my TT level was 80 after 3 weeks off testosterone. He tried a Testipel implant and it worked for 1 month and TT went to 310 then down to 220 after 2 months. He started me on shots if .5cc once a week (I was frustrated with this and explained my previous years dosage with my personal doctor....didn't matter to the Endo. He said all you get is .5cc every week and he told me he never gives more than 1cc every week regardless). I tried .5cc a week for 2 months and felt like total crap!!! I said screw it and went back to my personal doctor ( plus the Endo filed thanks different on my insurance and there for he was also very expensive for me).
Step 3 (current): My personal doctor put me back on 10g of Testim a day and I am starting on week 2. I absolutely hate this crap! I know it works for me but what a miserable daily procedure for using it. Plus, everyone I meet tells me " do you have on cologne or something?" My wife says it smells like body odor to her. I am certainly going back to shots.
My bloodwork on 1.5cc is taken on week 2 and minutes before getting my next shot. If my TT is 700 at the end of 2 weeks would my 1 week bloodwork be double that level? It sounds high but the strange thing 1.25cc has never got me over 450 even when bloodwork is taken at 1 week?
Should I try 1cc every week or go with 1.5cc every 2 weeks and give blood to control Hematicrit? I can deal with the up and down of every 2 weeks if I can stay at 1.5cc. Both my personal doctor and the Endo wouldn't touch HCT or anything past good old testosterone cyp. No other options are available in my area at the current time. I have no idea what my free level is but my PSA has never been an issue.
Any ideas? Thanks!!!!