In this blog, I will record my experiences with different protocols. I will test each protocol for 8 weeks straight regardless of how I feel during that time, and then do comprehensive blood tests.
The protocols in question are: 70mg 2x/week, 60mg 2x/week, 80mg 2x/week, 18mg/day, 20mg/day, 22mg/day and 24mg/day.
I started TRT 3 months ago and made the mistake of changing protocols every few weeks, chasing the amazing high I felt initially. I’m now going to be disciplined and stick to each protocol for 2 months before moving on.
I’m 41yo. Always lean and in good shape, I alternate lifting and cardio 3x/week each. Diet is very healthy; lots of fish/chicken, vegetables and rice, no sugar or processed foods.
My pre-TRT blood tests showed great lipids, no problems with CBC. Blood pressure 115/75 pretty much always, low resting heart rate.
TT was 900 ng/dL (MS), FT 6.5 ng/dL (Dialysis), SHBG 75 nMol/L and E2 (Ultra-Sensitive) 18pg/mL. DHEA average, same with IGF-1. TSH 2.5 (could be subclinically hypo, something I’ll explore after I find my sweet spot for T), Free T3 average, could be higher but it’s not low.
I felt like absolute shit all the time. Tired, no energy or drive, high anxiety, “beta” behavior (very apologetic, constantly living in my head in a state of regret and “I should’ve…”), crippling OCD and depression. I didn’t want to mess with SSRI’s or stuff like Lithium and still don’t, so here we are.
Since starting TRT I’ve had moments of feeling much better along all the above parameters. More confident and assertive, more “in the moment” and less in my head, less anxiety, etc…and moments of feeling much much worse than before TRT; mostly horrible fatigue and depression/apathy. I’ve been chasing my sweet spot since I started, changing protocols I realize now probably way too quickly.
My plan is to try protocols from around 120mg/week to 160-170mg/week, with either ED or 2x/week injections. I settled on shallow IM injections using 29G 1/2’’ insulin syringes alternating delts.
I just started my 70mg 2x/week protocol with a 70mg injection yesterday morning for a Monday morning / Thursday evening injection protocol. I feel ok coming into it from the last week or so, probably slightly better than before TRT but not by much. Let’s see…