I does vary, 800-1200ng/dL is typical.
I’ve thought a lot about this. At what point is it like a 7y/o, with a mouth full of candy, holding his hand out for more? AAS/PED cycles from the old days were pretty much dictated by what you could afford and what you could find. However, I learned there is a point of diminishing returns, more is not better, and even a point where more is worse. Often, towards the end of a given cycle, I looked forward to the competition not only to test myself, but because I could get off of everything. I’m sure there were many factors there, training stress, constantly pushing it, the length of time we were on, etc., but generally, we wanted a break.
I would argue the concept of a range. When somehow a patient “in range” at 300, 350, 400, 500, has low testosterone symptoms, we give them testosterone and ignore the range. Yet, someone coming in a 1300 trough is supraphysiological, out of the range? Or, a guy a 900 is because he was at 1700 the day after his injection. So, at what point are we moving from boosting testosterone to symptom relief to dosing high so we now have a “drug” efftect?
This is not unlike VitC, which is necessary and has many health benefits. The RDA is pretty low, a couple of oranges cover it. We have some advocating grams of it. It’s “natural” and good for us. Even as much as 10g. You would need to eat, what, 200 oranges a day to get that. So, what is “natural” about that? Taking high/mega doses is then for a “drug” effect. Still, many do it.
There is a point where we are doing the same thing with testosterone. I’m not sure where that is, but it’s fun to discuss/debate. We’ll take 500mg, or 1000mg, even 2000mg of C and declare it OK (that’s up for debate as well), but draw the line at 5000, 10,000 or 20,000.
There are some doctors that use daily scrotal creams exclusively and keep their guys at 1500-2000ng/dL. If I see a blood test come back at 1600, 2000, 2100, I know they did not get the blood drawn at trough, or…they are supplementing from another source.
Funny story, had a woman on test cream come back at 500! Turned out she was getting trochees from another doctor and using both.
I hope this helps. Overall, I’d say if you are happy with how you feel on 100mg, fine. If not and taking over 200, then we need to sit down and talk. Like the guy who told me his libido could be better. So I asked, he and his wife were having sex twice a day…