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Please Critique My Lab Work


Brief history:

Total test measured 227 ng/dl prior to starting TRT. Started off with 7.5g Androgel which was useless. Bumped it up to 10g and that was still useless. Switched to compounding cream and did 200mg daily, but still didn’t feel any differently. Started applying to the scrotum and really started feeling it kick in, yet my lab work was a mess. Moved onto injectables.

Latest lab work with me doing 100mg Test E twice weekly, .25mg Arimidex 3 times a week, and 25mg DHEA in the evenings. Blood taken the morning of injection day prior to taking the injection, which would be an accurate trough reading:

Total Testosterone: 1182 ng/dl
Free Testosterone: waiting for results
Estradiol: 29 pg/ml
SHBG: 21 nmol/l
DHT: waiting for results
Prolactin: waiting for results
Progesterone: 0.3 ng/ml
DHEA-S: 561 ug/dl
CBC/hematocrit/hemoglobin: all normal

My DHEA is high and my PSA values are also elevated. Figured I should just drop the DHEA altogether and see what happens.

Thinking about trying .25mg arimidex EOD instead of 3 times a week to bring it down a little more… thoughts?

25-OH VIT D came up as 64 nmol/L out of a range of 76-250. Figure I should add 3000iu daily and see what happens.

Prolactin has always been at the high end of normal so I’m anxious to get that result. DHT was extremely high the last time which was probably due to applying the compounded cream to the scrotum. This should hopefully go down now that I’m on injectables.

Am I on the right track or is there anything differently I should be doing?


That’s a very high T level for a trough reading. You other numbers look good though so you can stay the course or reduce. I wouldn’t change your AI as your E2 is already pretty good.


Keep in mind that I’m doing bi-weekly injections which means that my peak level probably won’t be THAT much higher. I’m essentially getting a measurement 3 days after injection. Wondering if I should keep it that way or reduce T dose.


You need to see what the free test level is before reducing the dose.