Yeah @gerstlaeur I’m pretty sure the high total T and high E2 is the result of the hCG (because I’ve had better free T and E2 numbers with lower total T before).
However, despite this, I’ve since cut my testosterone dose to 120mg (from 150mg) and lowered my hCG to 200iu (from 250iu).
I’m guessing that since the hCG causes an increase in both testosterone and E2 completely uninfluenced by a-dex, that my total number increased (without a corresponding increase in free T), and E2 went up as well.
Along with the 120mg testosterone, I’m taking 1.25mg a-dex. So hopefully the lowered hCG will ease off on my total T and E2, and my lowering of T dosage will bring things down overall…though I’m hoping to keep a nice free T number. We’ll see in a couple of months.
That brings me to another question/observation…
I have two friends also on TRT. One of them cannot get his total T above 700 despite takeing the max dose of 200mg T (and his free T is mediocre as well. But his E2 is 21, so there’s no room for adjusting his a-dex).
The other guy has a total T of 1300 (only a little over the high end range) yet has free T in the 400’s.
Why do people have such drastically different results with similar dosages? The guy with the 400+ free T also has zero problems with DHT or any other markers. It got me to thinking that problems arise when total T is high but not when free T is high. Does anyone know if this is the case?