tldr: I’ve noticed I became puffy/bloated in my face after raising my dose from 250/wk to around 430/wk (0.25cc Test E / day; 250mg/cc). No other sides. Should I take an AI?
I was diagnosed with primary hypogonadism after a LONG and annoying journey.
My test was way below reference range, my E wasn’t even measurable anymore (below what the lab can)
My idiot endo started me on 100mg / e2W (!!) which killed whatever own production I had left.
After 6 miserable weeks I luckily found another doctor in my family that - based on the fact that I DO have hypogonadism, I’m in my mid-30s and with 3 kids we’re done with family planning, so I plan to stay on TRT for the rest of my life - gives me a blanket subscription for Test that I can dose myself, I’ll also have my labs done myself.
I initially went on 200/250mg / week for about 2 months (which made me feel great), labs were above upper range (as I expected), E slightly above range but without any symptoms of high E.
I made the decision that I would do a cycle before coming down to my TRT dose that I’ll stay on with (likely aorund 150mg), so I’m currently on 0.25cc/day/250mg, which adds up to 437.5 mg/week. (for about 4 weeks, I haven’t done blood work with this elevated dose yet, I’ll do so in about 4 more weeks)
While I still FEEL great (no real E symptoms), I noticed (and my wife noticed) that I developed quite a bit of a “puffy” / “bloated” face… I look like when I had 15kgs more on me a while back, and I always look like “I just got out of bed”.
While this itself wouldn’t be a issue with regards to how I feel, I work a lot on-camera (giving trainings etc.), so I’d rather not be bloated, let’s put it this way… People asked me more than once now “oh, did you have a party the night before that video? you sure look hug over…”
My plan was to stay on those 430mg for maybe 20 weeks or so (again: I’ll never go back to NOT using test, so I don’t worry about my axis), and then go down on my TRT dose.
Would you recommend taking an AI? If so, which one?