edited my post to simplify
Background and Stats:
weight: 187 (now 195)
describe body and facial hair: fairly hairy chest, armpits, legs and arms. Full thick beard.
describe where you carry fat and how changed: ~8% body fat, a little around lower back.
health conditions, symptoms [history]: eating disorder (severe calorie restriction) for 5+ years about 12 years ago. No massive head trauma but a series of decent head hits from martial arts. Mildly anemic several years ago, now supplement with iron.
Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever: none
Unfortunately libido has been a real problem. My libido dropped off a cliff 1.5 weeks after starting. In the past few days it’s come back a tiny bit, but still lower than pre-TRT.
describe diet: after recovering from eating disorder (~7 years ago), have moved to very healthy lifestyle. Currently macros are:
- 43% protein
- 8% fats (I realize my fats are low and I am bringing that up to around 20%)
- 47% carbs.
Foods consist of sauteed chicken breasts in coconut oil, quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, Joseph’s pita breads, Quest bars, almonds. I take a bunch of supps (multi vitamin, vitamin D, ZMA, L-Arginine, iron, fish oil, glucosamine chondoitin MSM, BCAA’s,).
describe training [some ruin their hormones by over training]:
10-12 hours of jiu jitsu per week, 3-4 hours of conditioning. Not lifting heavy, primarily bodyweight, core, athletic movement stuff. Cardio ~2 times a week, consists of 30 minutes of jumprope. I probably spend more energy than is optimal on this stuff but it’s the lifestyle.
testes ache, ever, with a fever? No. Testicles have felt soft and smaller even before starting TRT. Veins going into testes may be slightly tangled, but they aren’t big or solid feeling varicoceles. Never had these specifically checked though.
how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed: Still having night tumescence and nocturnal emissions since starting TRT, but since my libido tanked I’ve had very few during the day (i.e. I’m not seeing women and getting erections nearly as much).
lab results with ranges
- Total T: 458
- SHBG: 55.2
- Free T: 6.74
- Estradiol: 18.3
After 4 injections of 150mg Test C (taken at trough):
- Total T: 509 ng/dl (range 264-916)
- SHBG: 48.4 nmol/L (range 16.5-55.9)
- Free T: 8.3
- Estradiol: 19.6 pg/ml (range 7.6 - 42.6)
- Prolactin: 13.8 (range 4.0-15.2)
- TSH: 2.800 uIU/mL (range .450-4.500)
- Thyroxine (T4): 5.9 ug/dL (range 4.5 - 12.0)
- T3 uptake: 28% (range 24-39)
- Free Thyroxine (T4): 1.7 (range 1.2 - 4.9)
- (also got LH and FSH tested; the tests are included on my labcorp report, but I think they forgot to include the test results.)
Since total test was still low, increased dose to 180mg test cyp / week. Now I’m about 4.5 months in, and just got some labs (don’t have full results yet):
*Total Test: 789
Side effects: acne on face, occasionally cystic but overall fairly minor, using Oxy pads and that works OK. Overall my TRT protocol is settling in well. I feel good. Not perfect, but good.
I have put on about 10-12lbs of muscle. I don’t lift heavy (only bodyweight and a lot of jiu jitsu).
Libido has been a bit of a rollercoaster. Still a work in progress, but overall I’m not panicking about it (like I was at first).