I was on test pellets for 5 years and it was a constant roller coaster and never felt well. I wish I know then what I know now. Probably the worst option for treatment. Test levels peaked in the 600 range and free test was 75 pg/ml, range is 46-224. Most of my labs while on pellets showed low free test. SBGH 41. E2 in the high teen and low 20’s. I switched to test cream 20% 4 clicks each day last June, after a few months I felt even worse on test cream than I did on pellets. Total test levels at 525, Free 55, SBGH 39 but DHT went from 40 ng/dl on pellets to 155 ng/dl on cream, E2 levels are 39 on cream.
7 weeks ago I decided to stop the test cream and DHEA supplement, Was taking 20mg per day dhea. I am doing a 2 month washout with treatment then plan on starting sub Q 50mg 2x per week. I wanted to determine my true baseline before starting any new therapy. I am getting labs next week. While I have not felt great, I don’t feel much different than when I was on pellets or cream. My libido started to crash my last year on pellets that is why I switched to cream. It didn’t help at all. I almost feel my libido is better since I have been off the cream. I also feel that I have symptoms of high E2 while on therapy. I obviously had an issue with absorption with the cream thats why I’m going to try sub q.
Here are my questions. Since I stopped all treatment 7 weeks ago, will my DHT levels drop naturally? Since DHT was normal on pellets can I expect the same with sub q
Will I have same issues with aromatization with sub q
Will sub q help raise free test levels?
I read a few articles by Dr. Crisler. I am taking DIM/I3C 200 mg and Calcium D-glucarate 500mg 2x day. If this lowers estrogen while not on any therapy will my DHT levels increase. I will probably continue these once I start sub q.
While my labs never showed crazy high E2, I also had a DUTCH test which is 24 hour urine and it showed a high level per the reference range. The explanation was my body does not clear it and it builds up.
I have been amazed about the level of knowledge on this site. This is my first post so apologies if not clear or not proper protocol. I just want to feel better and any information would be greatly appreciated. Not many places to turn for good advice