I’m not a great sharer, nor do I particularly love talking about myself, but I thought it would be useful to do a log of my switch from 100mg cyp once a week to 50mg cyp twice a week. No dose change, just frequency. No AI. I know everyone is different but I’m hoping this will be informative for people as I haven’t seen anything like it on here and these changes can be something of an intimidating adventure.
Mid 40’s male. I have been on T injections for nearly a year. For a few years prior to that, I was extremely foggy, confused, tired, anxious, depressed, with a useless memory (that was previously close to photographic) and a numb member doing nothing between my legs for months at a time. T has definitely changed all this for the better.
I am making the switch because I got tired of the roller coaster feeling and suspected a possible buildup of E2. On a good week, I would feel great through Day 5. Last two days were always quite tough though. I get tired every single evening regardless of how much sleep I get. Then I generally wake up as the night continues, as I am a night person. My good weeks were getting fewer and further between.
I have tried to make it a little less than 50mg each injection but have found there’s some guesswork in measuring, which I’m frankly not enjoying.
T was measured near 1100 at a peak back in January. This was up from 170 prior to treatment. I have never had the “trough” measured. Have not had a full hormone panel, and doc won’t do one. No info on SHBG, E2, etc. For now this is a pure “feeling” and “experience” log. I sincerely apologize for not having numbers for those inclined to those things.
Mon 5/27/2019 - My first “half” injection. This was a Monday evening. I am used to doing my shot on Wednesday morning. Now it will be Monday evening and Friday morning. 50mg E3.5 days. By my calculations this was pretty much a perfect time to make the switch as a half injection would bring my blood levels of cyp near-ish to where the full injection would on Wednesday morning.
Tues 5/28/2019 - Day after shot. Feeling excellent. High energy. High motivation. Low anxiety. Nice feeling of well being. Not too far from how I’d feel on any good injection day but definitely a little “extra”. Kind of similar to the initial honeymoon phase from way back when. Which is a little worrying in itself because I am expecting this next few weeks to be a roller coaster. I have read that the third week is the toughest as your body adjusts to the new protocol.
Wed 5/29/2019 - Incredibly focused along with the high energy and motivation. Similar to how T used to make me feel when I did injections the first few months. It’s like something has woke up. Like I’m alive. Weird. On a good normal injection week, I get something I like to call “mountain air”. Like a nice cool feeling in my lungs like I’m breathing air that is just pure and clean. As you would feel in the mountains. It kicks in about 8 hours after my usual (previous) 100mg shot. In this case I felt it kick in about 24 hours after Monday’s 50mg shot. It’s my little clue that my T levels and probably other hormone levels are in good shape. I am getting all that. Libido which had been kind of absent for several weeks has returned.
Thurs 5/30/2019 - Still some “mountain air” feeling. Total well being. Definitely tired in evening. Libido seriously cranking. Wouldn’t mind feeling like this every darn day.
Fri 5/31/2019 - Time for another injection! Woo-hoo. Injected again in morning. Woke up feeling much better this morning for my second weekly shot, than on any Wednesday when it used to be time for my once weekly shot. I generally felt anxious and miserable on those days and relieved to be doing a shot. Today, on the other hand, I just felt good. Still a little of that mountain air, even prior to the injection. I feel very in control of my mind and behavior. I’m really curious to see how this next week goes.