Long time lurker, 1st post; This place is a great resource!
I’m in year 4 of TRT using pellets for the past 3 years. Everything was great until this past year. Over the past year my e2 keeps getting lower and lower in relation to my testosterone. Goes up and down but keeps dipping lower and the highs aren’t as high as they should be. I’m using the ultra sensitive estrdiol test.
41 years old
Lift 3-4x a week, ride mountain bikes 4-5x a week, ski, rock climb etc, very active
TRT pellets, no other prescriptions (to be clear, never taken any E2 inhibitors)
Little to no supplements other than protein powder, 22-44g a day at most.
Moderately clean diet, drink 4-5 drinks per week total.
Mid cycle Jan 2018
Total T 601 (180-917)
Free T 10.35 (3-24)
Ultra Sensitive Estradiol 18.4 (10-42)
Peak cycle May 2018
Total T 1090 (180-917)
Free T 22 (3-24)
Ultra Sensitive Estradiol 22 (10-42)
My recent test at the end of the cycle were:
Total T 349 (180-917)
Free T 5.66 (3-24)
Ultra Sensitive Estradiol 11.4 (10-42)
Prior to this year estradiol was in the low 30’s in a peak and around 15 at the end of the cycle when my T was very low. As you can see, now it’s barely getting over 20 at the peak and is really low on the tail end and causing a lot of symptoms (excessive urination, fatigue, joint issues, blunted emotions and ho-hum orgasms). T3/T4 are steady. Only other oddity in past year has been my Hematocrit has been creeping up to the low 50’s so I donate blood quarterly.
Anyone have any ideas of ways to increase estrogen? I know, not something most men need!