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Newbie in Need of Advice: 50mg a Week?

Hello, I am a 31 year old in good health ( 5’9 160). I was recently diagnosed with low T. My labs were as follows:

TT: 217 Low ng/dL Range:264 - 916
FT: 6.3 Low pg/mL Range:8.7 - 25.1

So my doctor ended up putting me on 50mg of cyp per week. I have spent much time researching this and from what I have read this is much too low of a dose. Even though I am ok with starting slow.

So, I was given a 10ml to last me 12 weeks. I calculated this and i can get .83 ml per dose, instead of .5 like my doc wants me to take. I was thinking about starting at .50 per week, but then changing to .40 2 TIMES per week. Which comes out to only 80 mg per total per week.

Any thoughts or comments would be MUCH appreciated!

I agree that’s too low of a dose, I’m on 75 mg a week and I’m just above the 550 ng/dL mid-week. I’ve never heard of such a low weekly dose, you might require twice that dosage per week. The fact your doctor put you on such a low dose likely means he is inexperienced in TRT. Where’s all your other hormones, SHBG?

Well the whole truth is he had me on androgel before, so he had ran all those other tests. But i lost my health insurance over a year about, and the gel runs at about $450 dollars without health insurance. So i just got off of it for about a year now. 2 weeks ago went to have my testosterone and free test checked on my own. Of course it came back low. So i went back to the same doc with the results. Told him my situations and asked to be put on the cyp because it was so much cheaper.

I dont want my test too high, just enough to feel good. So given my situation/prescription, what do you think? 40mg twice a week? For a total of 80mg a week. Sounds reasonable right?

80 mg split into to two injections sounds a lot more reasonable, you can also add more if you need to. Don’t worry about you T levels as long as you’re in range and you feel good.

10 ml of what?

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My doctor put me on 50mg of testosterone cypionate week. I understand that its sounds like an under dosage. So, When i went to pick up my prescription it comes in a 10ml bottle (1000mg). There is suppose to last me 3 months. I did the math and that comes out to .83ml per dose a week. ( over 12 weeks). So i was going to give myself 2 injections per week. of 40mg ( .40ml), instead of what my doctors had prescribed for me.

What do you think?