Hey T forums, loooooong time lurker finally got the energy to make a post. I’m a little worried about my regimen and progress here, so here goes.
I’m a 24 year old male who’s been on HRT since age 18. Secondary hypogonadism. In the interest of fertility preservation, my doc actually put me on hcg and FSH, but I could not control my E2 levels, even with arimidex dosage of 1 mg / day (which I know is CRAZY high). When I finally was able to have E2 in an acceptable range, my T was far too low and I started to feel really awful. What I’ve decided to do is freeze my semen, just in case, and go on good ol’ TRT.
My regimen was hcg injected subcutaneously ED at 1,000iu.
Earlier labs (~2 year ago) looked like this:
Total T: 849 ng/dL
E2: 93 pg/mL
Add in the arimidex and tested about a year later, and looked almost exactly the same.
We decided to lower the dose of hcg to 500iu and the labs looked like this (~3 months ago):
Total T: 370 ng/dL
E2: 23 pg/mL
Seemed to be an ongoing struggle; lower the E, lower the T.
Obviously, I felt like shit during this time, whereas when my T was high, I didn’t feel great, but I kind of just accepted the fact that that was how I was going to feel - never back to my old self, just good enough to function. Could still achieve an erection and have decent sex, even though I barely had anything resembling a libido.
Now I realize that isn’t good enough for me and I want to get back to how I’m supposed to feel. How I haven’t felt in almost 8 years.
My current regimen is T shots, twice a week, 250iu hcg EOD, and retesting in 2 months to see if an AI is necessary. The only thing that worries me is, after doing some research on the “newbies” section KSman always points to, is the down-regulation of androgen receptors due to too much E2.
Can this be reversed? I don’t care if it takes more time than normal due to my doctor’s (and my) stupidity, I just want to have my old energy and sex drive back. Have I permanently down-regulated my androgen receptors?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.