If you had read the stickies, that is what they are for, you would know that poor absorption of transdermal T products is a symptom of hypothyroidism. Read the 'protocol for injections'. Do not post there, you can see what a mess that made.
You need to post lab work results with lab ranges so we can help you. There is a sticky for that too.
Low cortisol can lead to elevated rT3 that blocks whatever fT3 you have. You can have great looking mid range fT3 and rT3 can make you functionally hypothyroid.
You are very estrogen dominant. Transdermal T can increase E2, even if T does not respond or even goes down. The T gels are the worst as large areas are covered with a 1% gel. Higher strength T creams are much better in this regard as the application areas are much smaller. Read the sticky that concerns estradiol.
Some respond well to transdermal T, some well at first then it stops. Some simply do not seem to absorb at all.
Non absorbers need to inject T. Injected pellets are an option, but these are far from a perfect solution.
We do see guys here with messed up T, thyroid and adrenal levels.
where you carry fat
what supplements do you take
what meds to you take, Rx and OTC
what other illnesses, history of infections or surgeries [not in detail] has implications for adrenals
do you feel cold easily
do you use iodized salt or have iodine in your vitamins
how do you react to major stress
any extremes of diet
fasting cholesterol levels
fasting serum glucose