I'm on my 8th week of hcg monotherapy.
I am taking 300iu q am, 25mg DHEA and 25mg pregnenolone qhs. My initial reason for seeking hrt was low energy and lack of mental clarity. I was also dealing with low mood for about 3 years. Honestly I had a suspicion of low T for about 10 years however, I think I crossed the threshold about 4 years ago to where I'm at now.
Here are my labs:
Test 356 (348-1197)
Test free 7 (8.7-25.1)
Estradiol (s) 13.4 (8-35)
DHEA 156.9 (138-475)
TSH 0.839 (0.45-4.5)
LH 4.4 (1.7-8.6)
Post 8 weeks treatment
Test 382 (348-1197)
Test free 9.5 (8.7-25.1)
Estradiol (s) 22.3 (8-35)
DHEA 180.7 (138-475)
LH 2.2 (1.7-8.6)
FSH 2.9 (1.5-12.4)
T4 Free 1.64 (0.82-1.77)
T3 Free 3.4 (2.0-4.4)
Vit D 39.3 (30-100)
Progesterone 0.7 (0.2-1.4)
I have a CBC and CMP as well.
Symptoms are a little improved. Id say my initial symptoms are maybe 15% improved. Not what I hoped for but this is just the start of treatment. Increase in libido was noticed by my wife.
Any opinions on my labs? I'm guessing the boys are pretty much checked out at this point. From what I've read I'm taking a hefty dose of hcg and I'm not thinking I've had much response. I have an appointment in 2 weeks with my doc (Justin Saya) and Im thinking we'll have to try adding some test to get the numbers higher? Or should I ride out the monotherapy a little longer?
-describe body and facial hair. I have a full beard minus the labret area. Average chest hair coverage but thin hair itself. Not very hairy arms or legs. Basically hair free elsewhere. Started losing my hair around age 18 slowly, which stopped around 25 with a good amount of hair left, after I began treatment the shedding has restarted.
-describe where you carry fat and how changed. Always had fat in the chest area except when very lean (sub 8%) last 4 years I have developed a gut, my waist had gone up 5 inches after I have gained 20lbs
-health conditions. None until now. Fatigue, moody, foggy thought, low mood, sweet cravings
-Rx. No rx drugs other than my hcg protocol. Ashwaganda, rhodiola and mucuna are the only things I take otherwise
-describe diet. See food and eat it, working on this slowly. Used to be solid. High protein, high fat, low carb. Never starvation diet. Keto once which worked great.
-describe training. Olympic style lifting for 15 years up until 4 years ago. Now I only walk and that's even seldom. No motivation.
-testes ache. Sonetime after sex
-how have morning wood. Morning wood barely happens, even with hcg. Never had nocturnal emission in my life.