I’ve been on TRT for 4 years years. 49yo, good physical shape, clean diet, lifts 4-5X a week. Took a while to dial my protocol in but I’ve found 50mg T.Cyp twice a week, 300iu HCG 3X/week, and no AI and this protocol has worked pretty decent.
However, about three months back, I started noticing I wasn’t feeling as good…lack of energy, poor sleep quality, not much appetite, anxiety, and what seemed to be water weight loss. I assumed it was just life and waited it out.
It didn’t get better so I made an appointment with my doc and she ran labs (was due to see her in June).
TT: 351 (300-890 ng/dL)
FT: 108 (47-244 pg/mL)
E2: 11 (<61 pg/mL) This is non-sensitive; I know it should be, asked but doc runs standard.
None of these numbers make any sense, especially low E2, which would explain the symptoms I’ve been having. For reference, labs from 12/28/2020:
My first thought would be that 12/20 labs were not drawn a trough, or a dose or two was missed (May). Past that, quality control, expired product, lab error? I don’t think any of that applies. Big difference between the two and since you’re four years into this, I doubt you made a mistake. Sorry, but yeah, it doesn’t make sense to me either.
Thank you both for your response. I’ve frequented this forum for a long time and find it quite educational.
Highpull, the 12/20 labs were drawn on trough, as were the recent labs. And I doubt it’s lab error, as I’m experiencing the aforementioned symptoms. Your suggestion about quality control makes the most sense. I get my test cyp from Empower and have never had an issue but I guess it’s plausible it’s gone bad or lost its potency?
I agree, test is low. So perhaps time to switch up to EOD shots or raise the dose a bit. If SHBG is low too, it should give you both unbound E and T. What is your RBC, and HCT? I always feel okay with high HCT, but once my RBC count goes up, I feel malaise. I donated blood recently and wow what a difference.