I am new to replacement therapy. I started TRT after a second lab result came back at exactly 300 ng/dl. This coming weekly injection will be my seventh injection.
Here is my current plan as prescribed by my practitioner:
First Weekly Injection = 1 ml
Following Weekly Injections = .75 ml
(He says that after this first lab, he will likely switch me to injecting twice weekly because most people like it better.)
Arimidex = 1/2 pill twice per week
HCG = 500 IU twice per week.
After two or three weeks of the HCG, I called the doctor and asked if I could switch to 250 IU EOD. He said sure no problem, so I’ve been doing that from then on.
I noticed that after injecting, when I pull back on the plunger there appeared to be about half of a cc in the needle left over so I compensated on weeks 3 and 5 by drawing 0.8 instead of 0.75 / On week four just on a whim, I randomly just decided to go with a full ml just like was prescribed on week one. I did not compensate for the amount left in the needle so I guess .95 was injected.
1 = 1cc (no compensation for needle)
2 = .75 cc (no compensation for needle)
3 = .75 cc (plus .5 to compensate)
4 = 1cc (no compensation for needle)
5 = .75 cc (plus .5 to compensate)
Then came my labs. I was instructed to have my blood drawn on the day of my sixth injection, but before the injection. The results are in today, and I must say that I’m very surprised by the results.
My total testosterone LC/MS/MS = 1775 ng/dl
My free testosterone = 453 pg/ml
Now I fear that on my consultation day (most likely tomorrow on the phone) he is going to reduce my injection amount so severely that I will cease to make progress on my fat loss goals (which have been going great since starting TRT / I’ve lost a good deal of fat and can fit into the next waist size down now) I really want this fat loss to continue.
Id love to hear some insight on what to expect. How do you think my doctor will react to these numbers. Could my T3 uptake being at 37 have more to do with the fat loss. Any insight would be appreciated.