Used to lurk these boards back in the late 90s and early 2000s. I am glad I remembered it existed.
46 year old male that trains 5-6 days a week. 6’3’ 210 pounds. I eat clean and hit my macros. I have 2-4 drinks a week socially with friends. About two months I started waking up with anxiety and dark thoughts. I thought it was nothing, just this pandemic/lockdowns/election bullshit wearing on me. Have a great career and family, no real stress at all. I lost my libido around the same time. Never had an issues in that department prior. Erections are weak and sometimes can not perform, which is a new level of stress/embarrassment.
Here is my protocol with labs to follow
1 ml 200 test cup a week (.5 each pin on Monday & Thu)
.25 ml HCG 12000 iu sub q day after pin
prescribed anastrozole 1 mg a week (i did not take it at the start, wanted to see how my body responded)
Blood work prior to starting TRT
IGF 324 Z score 1.9
Test ng 388
9 months into TRT 1/6/21
Free test 127.6
HDL and LDL are same
I pinned two days before draw and took .5 mg of anastrozole day prior.
I noticed was retaining water pretty bad. My fingers and feet were like damn sausages. Not quite that bad but I could struggled to get my wedding band off.
I called my doc and I told him about my mood swings and ED issues and he told me to take the anastrozole to get my estrogen in check. He told me to take a full 1mg after each shot for 1 week then .5mg after each shot.
I am a calm and patient person trying to this protocol right and dialed in. I knew there would be some trial and error. I did not expect to lose my sex drive and ability. Also, do not want to try to solve it an ED medication.
After rediscovering this board, I wish I would of started here. I have not used HCG since Dec. 25th. I wanted to eliminate as many variables as possible. I feel was I given the standard TRT doc program. Any insights would be amazing. Appreciate it.