It is important to have T at the foundation. T cyp/eth/prop deliver bio-identical T after the ester groups are removed. A deca only cycle could be a disaster.
Cruising needs to take advantage of all of the concerns of TRT. I am providing standard info below.
You need to be checking E2 and dosing anastrozole to get near E2=22pg/ml. If you keep changing your cruise cocktail and doses, that will get screwed up. You may survive short term adverse E2 issues on time limited cycles, but problems in cruising will affect quality of life, energy, mood, fat patterns and libido.
You need to make explicit decisions on what to do about preservation of testes and fertility. 250iu hCG SC EOD works very well.
Do see last paragraph below. Your thyroid function controls your energy levels and thus fat patterns, mood, libido and energy. It is very easy to check this your self with waking body temperatures AND mid-afternoon temperatures. If you have not been using iodized salt, FIX THAT.
With TRT guys, most who land in the T-replacement forum have thyroid/iodine issues. So this is quite common. Fortunately, in many cases, problems can be resolve with changes of iodine intake. If is also important to point out that guys on good TRT really do not do well if their thyroid function is low.
Please read the stickies found here: https://forums.t-nation.com/t/about-the-t-replacement-category/38/2?u=ksman
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Evaluate your overall thyroid function by checking oral body temperatures as per the thyroid basics sticky. Thyroid hormone fT3 is what gets the job done and it regulates mitochondrial activity, the source of ATP which is the universal currency of cellular energy. This is part of the body's temperature control loop. This can get messed up if you are iodine deficient. In many countries, you need to be using iodized salt. Other countries add iodine to dairy or bread.