Hey guys, thanks in advance for the input. I am happy that forums like this exist.
2 Questions for you today (lab results below):
1) I just got my first labs back and they did not run E2 (despite my specific request), just Total Estrogens. I may have to wait some time before I get labs again, so it’s all I have for interpretation for now.
How would you interpret these results? I’ve read a moderate amount of the E2 data (including rational for not taking an AI) on this site, but not much is mentioned about using Total Estrogens as input. How much of my total may be E2? Will the other estrogens (E1 and E3) increase from TRT?
2) I am going to switch from 200mg Test Cyp injected SubQ twice per week to three times per week. Hopefully this will lower my Estrogens a bit?
My question is - How does injection timing affect your interpretation for lab results. Most doctors say to inject once per week and come in right before your next injection is due to give blood for labs (to catch all numbers at their lowest point for the week). However, if you inject 2-3 times per week, your labs will not reach lows as much as the once per week person. Moreover, if you inject multiple times per week, you may have less aromatization of E2, thus, lab values will not be comparable anyways. I wondered how others approach this.
Pre TRT Labs (6 months ago):
Total T: 281 (350-882 ng/dL)
Free T: 6.9 (3.5-15.5 ng/dL)
SHBG 21.3 (13.3-89.5 nmol/L)
Estradiol, sensitive 15.08 (15-31.5 pg/mL, males)
6 months post-TRT labs last week:
Total T: 1068 (350-882 ng/dL)
Free T: 35.1 (3.5-15.5 ng/dL)
SHBG 15.6 (13.3-89.5 nmol/L)
Total Estrogens 133 (High) (40-115 pg/mL, males)
-Liver, Cholesterol, Thyroid, CBC, PSA all good
Thoughts on question 1 or 2?