All of my observations have been conducted using the “gonad-ometer”, a subjective assessment of testicle size performed independently by my wife and I.
After two weeks of 600mg/week test enanthate + 25mg dianabol pre-training (3x week), the gonad-ometer registered a decrease in size of 50-60%. At this point I started 250iu hCG 2x/week, which restored the boys to roughly 80-90% of their original size.
At week 5, I switched from enanthate to prop due to potential allergy issues with the TE (six separate instances of idiopathic angioedemas over 2.5 weeks). Coming off the enanthate resolved the angioedemas, and I started pinning 250iu hCG 3x/week (since this is the usual recommendation, and I was pinning prop ED anyway). This caused no change in size over biweekly injections.
A week ago I decided to try a little experiment and pin hCG every day with the same weekly dosage - Sunday and Wednesday 125iu, 100iu other days. This has restored my testicles to nearly 100% of their pre-cycle size.
The reading I did suggests that the doses are not high enough to induce Leydig cell desensitization. Since the H and P portions of the HPTA are suppressed anyway, I would think that the additional suppression from the hCG should not be an issue.
- Is the gonad-ometer an accurate assessment of testicular function?
- If so, then pinning hCG ED seems to be superior to pinning E3D, so why is E3D the recommendation? Daily subq injections are really not a big deal.