I began TRT at the local 'Low-T Center' a little over a year ago, I began as a guy who just wanted to feel a bit younger, looking to restore the drive/energy I had in my 20's. I had become alarmingly irritable and wasn't sleeping very well. At this point I am starting to question the decision, but first... here are my test results as provided by Low-T, they appear to be a bit less than some of the more extensive testing I see other post...
2/17/2014 5/22/2014 8/18/2014 11/20/2014
Total T 176 300 375 470
PSA 0.75 0.93 1 0.9
Estradiol 14.7 13.3 28.1 26.9
Hemoglobin 13 13.9 15.3 15.7
Hermatocrit 39.3 41.3 44.3 46.1
T Dose 150 170 200 210
Calc Free T 9.52 12.2 15.2
My T dose is every 10 or 11 days.
I have a full head of hair, receeding slightly
My beard it pretty thin, body hair is minimal, although my legs are pretty hairy.
I carry belly fat, and some on the back of my thighs.
I workout 3/4 days a week on avg, 15min cardio 45min of weights/machines
I sometime wake in the night with an erection, but I don't really get morning wood.
Depending on how tired I am (directly related to sleep, kids/work limiting) we usually have sex ~3 times a week (with a week off every month). This is down from every day, sometimes multiple through my mid-30's... although that may be due to too much porn and having been married over 10 years now... LOL. 3 kids doesn't help.
Now it's pretty obvious that my t was pretty low... but it doesn't seem that they do much other testing, other than to sell you the treatments. I feel pretty good overall, not a dramatic change, and I suspect that my commitment to exercise (which I started about the same time) has more to do with my decreased irritability and better sleep. My libido didn't really increase and building muscle is going pretty slowly.
I did have pretty severe testicular atrophy, and after reading a bit on here, I convinved the guy to prescribe some hCG, but he's only given me 250 IU a week! I don't think I've seen anyone taking that little. My poor little grapes have firmed back up a bit, but are still much smaller than before TRT.
How can I get more hCG? and how much should I take for
1. returning my nuts to size
2. maintaining after 'recovery'.
Please do not turn this into a debate on whether I should or not, I have read a bit of these, and am convinced I'd like to keep my boys full.
Also, what are your thoughts on my labs, what else should I be looking out for?
Your impressions of the Low-T center and it's methodology are appreciated also.
I guess I am questioning my decisions, because it seems like it's once TRT, always TRT, and who knows if I'll be able to maintain the therapy my entire life...
Thanks for any help/opinions/info you feel like offering up.