Hi all. Been lurking for awhile and educating myself as much as possible and thought I would join in with my own log and reap the benefit of the collective knowledge here.
Background- 42 year old male
5”11 195 muscular build
Weight gain around stomach nothing severe at all but that’s where my weight goes.
Workout 5-6 times a week and work as a firefighter so quite physically active.
All in all pretty healthy guy. Don’t really monitor diet too much and have a few pops a week but nothing severe.
Decided to look into TRT as I felt for the amount as quality of my workouts I was plateauing. Also experienced fatigue and general grumpiness as well as a decline in erection quality. Libido still great.
Initial blood tests:
Decided to start TRT however doctor would only prescribe Androgel.
Started on 6 pumps a day of 1% Androgel. Blood tests after 2 weeks taken 3 hours after application so peak ;
Test came back high and was feeling good, not needing naps generally better mood however maybe less libido but good erections.
Next 2 weeks not feeling quite as good but still ok so took another set of labs 24 hours after application to get my trough.
So test is now lower than when I started. Figure that means I’m now shut down. I know half life of gels is extremely quick so does this mean I’m in a good range for maybe 12 hours after application and then I crash? Also appears that my e2 is low and was in fact low prior to beginning TRT.
ANy thoughts comments or advice would be appreciated. My gut feeling is I should switch to 100mg once a week every 3.5 days of cypionate injected sub q. Unfortunately dr won’t switch to injections but I do have access to ugl test, would obviously rather do pharma grade but don’t think it’s possible with this doc. Again thanks for reading and appreciate the feedback