The minimum number of substances would be just testosterone, don’t mess around with AI’s, other anabolic steroids (for muscle mass), HCG or any of that jazz and you’re just using one substance. If fertility is a concern for you, freezing jizz is an option, it isn’t as if HCG is the only route.
Well, you see this differntiates between referenace ranges, some labs have super low cut-offs while others will have super high cutoffs, I’ve seen labs with TT cutoffs as high as 1400 and as low as 600!
There’s two landmark studies on what average testosterone levels are right,
So the first study determines normal for TT is like 350-1200 or something I don’t remember, the other says 260-950 or something like that, now despite the cohort of the second study with the lower ref range being over 9000 individuals (no that isn’t a meme, i’m serious), the referance range results seem to be based off only 400 measurements (100 measurements in each cohort) while the first study (although a smaller cohort) is taken by data from 450+ measurements, so I tend to use the first study more often.
Anyhow it shouldn’t be a numbers game (unless you’re looking for faster than average accruation in muscle mass, then it is a numbers game…) Anyhow these were percentiles (level wise for TT and FT)
Total testosterone (ng/dl) Free testosterone (pg/ml)
Mean 723.8 141.8
SD 221.1 45.0
Median 698.7 134.0
Quartile range (Q3–Q1) 296.5 60.0
99th 1322.0 266.0
97.5th 1196.6 230.0
95th 1124.0 222.0
5th 405.9 77.0
2.5th 348.3 70.0
1st 282.0 55.0
More doesn’t always nesecarrily equate to feeling better though. Some people feel shitty on higher doses while some feel like a god. (We are talking about TRT, not a cycle), there’s guys on here who are like “I feel so bad, I took a single shot of 300mg and now my E2 is so high I’m growing titties and i’m having my period because I’ve turned into a woman” I do believe, in my opinion, that this is likely in the individuals head. Data on supraphysiologic doses of testosterone don’t add up with the symptoms that so many guys on the TRT forum apparently get from a single shot haha.