As far as what number is good, idk. What I know is when I go over my blood work with my Dr at the VA it has always been the lower half of the range. I simply don’t remember what that is and I tend to only go read up on stuff that is a current issue or somehow relevant to current situations.
What I was saying about the AI dose, and this is the combination of both comments and realizations. Without knowing more about you, your situation, your pre trt levels ect… I think that 0.5 mgs of arimidex twice a week with only 200 mgs of testosterone is a lot of arimidex. I would definitely tank my estrogen at that dose/combination. Given that you are on HCG and HCG makes our balls aromatize testosterone that no amount of AI can stop then I think that is responsible for the amount of estrogen you do have in your system. Everyone is different but that dose / combination just seems like it would crush just about everyone else’s estrogen, provided you are using properly doses gear/arimidex. I know that at the beginning of my journey o definitely aromatized testosterone more than the next guy and I would dose 400-500mgs a week with a total of 1 mg of arimidex. I did get blood work done at this combination and like I said I have always come back at the low half of appropriate range.
So in totality I think you have a very good CHANCE of not needing to increase your arimidex dosage when you go to 500mg a week.
Since I think you have a good chance of currently dosing where the estrogen in your system is all from the HCG/balls situation it won’t matter if you ovdr dose your arimidex when you go to 500mgs a week, you will still have the estrogen from the HCG. I am in no way saying you should do this. I am saying all of this because you kind of have a safety net built in because of the HCG.
Another way of saying it is if you ran your current dosage without HCG I bet you would be at the very bottom of the scale for estrogen, not low optimal, just barely any estrogen at all.
I feel like I am talking in circles. I know what i am trying to say but it’s just not coming out.
I think when you go to 500 a week if I were you I would stay at the same arimidex dose and self monitor. I bet you will be fine. The estrogen might go up it might not. Right now I think that out of your total estrogen only a very tiny amount, if any, is actually from the regular aromatization process of free testosterone. I think the majority is from the HCG situation. UNLESS you have a high body fat percentage. Body fat aromatizes test too. The body was why early in my journey I had to take what seemed like rather high doses of AI. I remember I kept thinking I had bad sources, bad batches, ect. I tried arimidex then aromasin, I got some femara but never used it regularly. I tried different sources. I finally accepted that I just had to take higher doses but that has changed as I have leaned out.
If you have a higher body fat percentage then it is more likely that your current dose / combination is not eliminating the majority or all of the regular aromatization of free testosterone.
I could be way off on all of this too. I don’t have true trt experience with a doctor. Maybe 1 mg a week is rather common for 200mgs of test. All of this is based on my experience and to me that seems high yet you have what I think is a healthy amount of estrogen.
If you do get estrogen gyno issues and the increased AI dose doesn’t fix it theb you will probably need Nolvadex. I would think 10mgs every other day would be a good starting point. I really don’t think this will occur. If it was going to happen I would think it would have already at your current dose. Nolvadex has a pretty long half life if i remember correctly and since in this situation you just want it to block gyno then a low steady dose should be sufficient. Again provided you have properly doses gear.