Have some bloodwork back. For background, I am 37 years old, 6’5” 230 ~15% bf (4 pack abs)… I’ve been on self-prescribed TRT for a year after getting “diagnosed” hypo by a clinic and offered cookie-cutter high end protocol (200mg/week plus hcg and ai.) At that time TT was 370, FT was 6.8.
Current dose is 160mg/week UGL Test E split into two injections Sunday/ Thursday. No other drugs besides daily UGL Cialis ~5mg. This dose I adjusted up over time from 120 SubQ > 140 SubQ > 140 IM > 160 IM, approximately 3 months at each dose, although I don’t have accompanying bloods. Here’s what we’re looking at. Blood draw was at 4 day trough Thursday morning before injection.
TT, FT, and HCT are what surprised me a bit here. My initial thoughts are to lower my dose a bit and schedule a therapeutic phlebotomy this week to address the HCT. All other markers are in range. Blood pressure is pretty consistent around 110/60.
The only side effect, which started in the last month or two, is some acne on my chest and occasionally neck or forehead. I’ve lost approximately 100 pounds and look and feel good. I feel like I probably got 90% of the benefits at 120mg, with a little better mood/energy/drive each time I adjusted up. Unfortunately a little harder to dial in since I didn’t take bloods at each dose.
Having said all that, I am considering a dose adjustment back to 120 mg to manage the HCT and get rid of the acne, as well as going to give some blood this week as mentioned earlier. Then follow up with bloods in a couple months.
Thoughts? Opinions? Chastising for not getting more bloods along the way? All input welcomed.