Over the last year or so I have suffered an increase in the severity of most of the common low-T symptoms with exception of ED, and that seems to be on the way. I also had two morning tests with Total T levels of 226 and 344 ng/dL. The second test included a Free T by LC/MS of 5.8 pg/mL.
With these results in hand I met with a doctor who runs an anti-aging clinic and is a body builder. I have actually seen the guy at the gym a few times. He looks and lifts like he knows what he is doing.
Anyway, he looked at my labs and commented that my T is definitely low but not shockingly low. Nothing else on my labs caught his attention. He moved right away to set me up with a protocol without further comment. From his point of view another aging guy with decent health, low-T, and limited to no results from lifting weights is pretty routine I think.
My key lab numbers are:
Testosterone, Free+Total LC/MS:
Total 344 (264-916, updated LabCorp ref. range as of July 2017)
Free 5.8 Low (7.2-24.0)
Estradiol, sensitive 14.4 (8-35 pg/mL)
LH 8.2 (1.7 to 8.6 mIU/mL)
FSH, Serum 7.0 (1.5-12.4 mIU/mL)
TSH 1.62 (0.45-4.50 uIU/mL)
T4, Free (Direct) 1.27 (0.82-1.77 ng/dL)
T3, Free, Serum 3.0 (2.0-4.4 pg/mL)
Hematocrit 44.5 (37.5-51.0%)
DHEA-S 85.8 (48.9-344.2 ug/dL) this is low from my research, should be >180
SHBG 33.2 (19.3-76.4 nmol/L)
Anyway, my starting protocol is somewhat different from most of the “optimized” dosages I have read on this site, as follows:
Testosterone Enanthate IM inject 100mg 2x/week, a bit on the high side?
HCG 75 IU/week, subQ inject 1x/week, this seems low
Anastrozole 1mg capsule 2x/week, this seems high and why from day 1?
Thanks for comments.