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hey guys
I have had low T for a while now(3 yrs) and I am finally ready to do some treatment.
What labs do you all use and reccommend?

PM if necessary- Much appreciated!!

[quote]jeep69 wrote:
hey guys
I have had low T for a while now(3 yrs) and I am finally ready to do some treatment.
What labs do you all use and reccommend?

PM if necessary- Much appreciated!![/quote]

For blood work? I use Life Extension Foundation. This is a great organization and the monthly magazine they put out that goes with your membership is equally good. LEF uses LabCorp.

Are you going to then go to a Doctor or do underground TRT?

no- I have all the bloodwork, looking for clinics/legit labs that will write and fill Rx.
I am new to this so I dont know how it works.

Testosterone is a Schedule 3 Controlled Substance. Only doctors can prescribe it. You need to find a doctor, not a lab. Here’s a link to some information on how to find a TRT doctor.

[quote]jeep69 wrote:
no- I have all the bloodwork, looking for clinics/legit labs that will write and fill Rx.
I am new to this so I dont know how it works.[/quote]

Clinics will typically charge a huge amount for the blood work, consults are free and they send you all of the drugs and syringes at a very high cost. They will not provide you with a script where you can then go seek good prices.

Prices:

test cyp at a pharmacy, $100 for 10ml of 200mg/ml. Typical dose will be 100mg or .5ml per week, you can inject in the gluts with 1.5" 3ml #23 syringes once a week or divide up and inject more often. With small frequent doses and thin skin on your legs you can inject into the quads with #28-29 .5ml .5" insulin syringes. Some do not do well with weekly injections. If you get a doc that insists on one injection every two weeks, you probably really need to find someone else.

HCG, 10,000 iu around $50, inject 250iu twice a week or EOD, SQ, use an insulin syringe.

Above items are very cheap at Sam’s Club with a Business Membership, $$42 and $16.25, insulin syringes there are $12.60 for a box of 100 [Same price at Walmart - Reli-on house brand]. The larger syringes there will cost around $18 per 100.

You will need a script for the larger syringes. In some states you do not need a script for insulin syringes.

Estrogen control. For most, TRT will raise E2, estradiol, levels and the effects of the T will be diminished. The E2 levels while elevated and still in normal lab ranges, can create all of the symptoms of low T such as brain fog, low energy, ED etc.

For most, 1mg/wk of arimidex/anastrozole can bring things into a good balance. That 1mg can cost $9-10. Research Chems can provide the same for a small fraction of that cost. Still best to have your Doctor script for Arimidex and take the script in hand. Keep that script in your file if you obtain research chems.

How do you any of the above will be affected by what insurance may be in force. Many clinics and some specialists will not deal with insurance at all. It your T is not below normal lab ranges, many Doctors will not help you. If insurance is involved, then they may be all the more constrained.

Pls post your lab work TT, FT, E2