I'm a 30 year old male and only in the past 2 months discovered significantly reduced total testosterone levels (total T = 175.5 ng/DL) . I was started on testosterone cypionate injections, 200mL per week (administered in two shots over a week).
Just yesterday I went in to obtain more specific bloodwork to see how and/or the extent to which the testosterone injections are working - so I'm waiting on SHBG and free and total testosterone levels. I'm also a type 1 diabetic and have celiac, and autoimmune thyroiditis (inducing hypothyroidism).
I exercise everyday, including 3-5 times per week of 1 hour or more of moderate to high intensity cardio as well as weight lifting 30-45 minutes 3x per week. I'm a big guy (6'1), broad shoulders, deep voice, lots of hair, high libido. I bench 310 lbs in sets of 5, and I've been weight lifting more or less regularly (since periods of lower intensity, of course) since I was 15.
When I saw my testosterone levels though some recent changes in my mental status and general energy level started to make sense.
In any event, I realize how insanely low my total testosterone is. Based on what I've learned, I very much doubt that at the 6 week mark my current protocol for testosterone replacement therapy has sufficiently increased my testosterone (but we'll know shortly).
My questions: (1) Based on the duration of action for testosterone cypionate does this injection schedule of 2x per week at 100mL make sense? (2) Based on the severity of my testosterone levels, and assuming levels are still under the 400 mark or so, should I consider a switch to the shorter acting testosterone enanthate and/or ask my doctor for increased dosage of the testosterone cypionate?
I've noticed over the six weeks since beginning the injections some improvement in energy levels, reduced frequency of feeling like I want to lay in bed, and increased libido, not to mention some influence on social anxiety (it seems reduced). But I still don't feel like it's enough, and I wanted to get other TFT-experienced users' opinion on my level, my current therapeutic protocol, etc.