I started down this path a few months ago after noticing a lack of motivation in general as it relates to being active/libido/motivation, etc. I am about 6 weeks in to my TRT journey now and I have noticed a significant increase in libido, mild increase of energy and really no increase in a gym pump or any type of gym type motivation. I just received my second blood test results and I am trying to understand what might be going on. My T levels have moved significantly, but so have others. I am trying to determine if this if it just me and I am expecting something different, but shouldn’t? Or is something wrong? So, I thought I would bounce it off the community and see if anything stood out to any of you.
The numbers indicate the first blood test / second test. The first was approximately 7 weeks ago and the second was last week.
White Blood Cell 5.8 4.7
Red Blood Cell 4.95 4.69
Hemoglobin 15.3 14.7
Hematocrit 46.0 43.8 (It seems my blood counts have decreased, is this something to be concerned about? The way I understood it, my hematocrit should be increasing?)
Neutrophils (Absolute) 2970 2143 (Should this be lowering?)
Estradiol 22 50 (I am wondering if one of my issues is here)
Testosterone Total, LC/MS… 340 1215 H
Testosterone Free, serum 71.9 274.7 H
The first test was more conclusive and had additional testing done, so I am posting those as well for awareness.
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibo… 3
T4 Total 7.0
PSA Total 0.9
Free T3 5.5 H (the doctor mentioned this was something to keep an eye on. I’d be interested in hearing other thoughts on this)
Vitamin D 25-OH, Total 26 L
One of the main questions I have is it seems my Estriadol is at the higher end of normal. And recently have noticed some very mild nipple soreness. After reading on this forum for a while, I’ve ran across a few cases where folks have great T levels, but higher Est levels and they’ve experienced similar symptoms as I. Is this what you would focus on? I will ask the doctor about that as well, but with pellet therapy is there a specific way to adjust that?
Does anything else stand out? I have heard/read a lot of people are not fans of pellets and I am trying to understand if it’s just a cost related thing or if it really is not as good of a treatment, but I haven’t found anything definitive. If anyone has any clarification on that topic, that would be great. Pellet was recommended by the doctor, but I am not married to that idea.
Thanks in advance for any and all help!