Been on TRT for 5 years, the last year alone has been the worst ever. Added Hcg and AI to T for the past year.
Pregnenolone levels were low (22ng/dl) before starting Hcg. 3 months later, with 250iu EOD and a higher dose of T it dropped to 17ng/dl. At the six month mark, preg levels were <5 ng/dl!!!
Been able to get levels a little higher with oral preg…last test 40 ng/dl.
Upped the dose from then and had test last week, so new results are pending.
Could the Hcg actually cause a reduction in preg? I thought it was supposed to help increase, but never has.
I assume the higher T numbers can strain this process as well, so I have decreased my dose of T by about 40% to no real benefit in energy.
I have low cortisol(I assume from a large lack of preg, and problably prog too) and have to supplement with HC just to get by. I have a feeling if I could figure out how to fix the pregneneolone problem, I would not need the HC for it would convert to cortisol by itself, in theory.
Is the Hcg causing a greater steal of preg more than it can produce based on how it works with the p450 enzyme process??? Chol numbers have been okay too…so that leaves me lost.
OR, does the constant lack and worsining of preg mean that I am not using enough Hcg??
I know increasing Hcg can cause higher E2, but mine has been super low for a while. Had to d/c AI completely and have been off for over a month. E2 has yet to rebound much yet.
I realize this train of thought may or may not crazy, but am wondering if anyone has experienced worsining of energy and such from Hcg.