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General Category => Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health => Topic started by: Sam Duxbury on June 14, 2014, 07:30:09 pm

Title: finally posting my experiences/results with Testopel HRT and meds
Post by: Sam Duxbury on June 14, 2014, 07:30:09 pm
Good day, my friends,

Quickly, here is my status now, bloodwork as of March 2014:

Age: 61 (hit 62 in July, and LOVING it !! )
Total HRT program: SottoPelle Testosterone Pellets every 6 months, 250 IU hCG daily, .25 mg Anastrozole once weekly.

28 March 2014 blood work: Serum T: 819 ng/dL (six months since LAST pellet insert procedure);
                            Free Testosterone: 94.8 pg/mL
                            Estradiol (ultrasensitive): 4 pg/mL
                            PSA (Siemens CL): 2.6 ng/mL
                            D3: 110 ng/dL

15 April 2014: got new pellets inserted.

I have started my 4th year with Testopel HRT as done by the SottoPelle method. I have had absolutely no problems/infections/discomfort with the drugs or the procedures or the maintenance meds. The pellets
 have not popped out of my skin.

Both my doctors are surgeons, and know exactly how to insert the pellets.

The only complaint I have, is that I pay every cent of the costs, except blood labs. My med insur takes care of that.

OK !! Hope you have a great weekend! Lovin' it down hee-ah in Flah-ridder!

Cheers! Sam
Title: Re: finally posting my experiences/results with Testopel HRT and meds
Post by: PeakT on June 14, 2014, 08:40:59 pm
Congrats on feeling good.  Hey, so do those pellets go into the hip area?  And how many pellets do you usually get?
Title: Re: finally posting my experiences/results with Testopel HRT and meds
Post by: PeakT on June 14, 2014, 08:42:19 pm
Also, you I hope meant 40 not 4 pg/ml, right?
Title: Re: finally posting my experiences/results with Testopel HRT and meds
Post by: Sam Duxbury on June 15, 2014, 01:28:08 am
Congrats on feeling good.  Hey, so do those pellets go into the hip area?  And how many pellets do you usually get?

The pellets usually go in the upper part of the gluteus max, below the hip/belt line so the belt doesnt rub against the incision.
I usually get 8 or 9 pellets inserted, based on the bloodwork 2 to 3 weeks before the procedure. When I had blood labs done 4 weeks
or so later, my Serum T usually registered 1050 ng/dL. The Dr and I are satisfied she hit the correct recipe, so I get blood work
done at 3 months point now.

As my sig block shows, after 6 months I still had serum T of 819 !

gotta go! enjoying a beauty weekend in FL !! Mmmmm, grilling meat. Yeah!

Cheers Y'All !! -Sam
Title: Re: finally posting my experiences/results with Testopel HRT and meds
Post by: PeakT on June 15, 2014, 02:17:50 am
4 could lead to osteo if its true
Title: Re: finally posting my experiences/results with Testopel HRT and meds
Post by: Sam Duxbury on June 17, 2014, 09:21:28 pm
4 could lead to osteo if its true

Good Day, Mr. PeakT,

Apologies for taking a bit of time to respond.....

Yes, the reading was 4 pg/mL from the 28 March 2014 blood tests, which tested Ultrasensitive Estradiol as LC/MS/MS - Quest Diag Labs.

The Dr. was concerned about the low reading, and she reduced my Anastrozole from .5 mg to .25 mg once a week. I take that dose on
a Thursday morning.

I have the three month blood tests scheduled at the end of June, and will see what that E2 reading is...That will be a 7AM draw with fasting
from 8 PM the prior night.

And, I shall post readings of the other main test results.

Hope everyone has some fun planned for the weekend !!

Luvin' it down hee-ah in Flah-ridder!   Cheers! - Sam D.

Title: Re: finally posting my experiences/results with Testopel HRT and meds
Post by: PeakT on June 17, 2014, 10:17:51 pm
Wellx you always have a great attitude!

What is your target e2?  20?
Title: Re: finally posting my experiences/results with Testopel HRT and meds
Post by: Sam Duxbury on June 18, 2014, 02:26:14 pm
Wellx you always have a great attitude!

What is your target e2?  20?

Good Morning !!

Thank you Mr. PeakT ! Attitude is everything. Our psychological state of mind affects EVERYTHING and all systems in our body. I don't
mean to sound pompous, but our attitude is the first thing we have to improve in our fight against ED. And, I can speak from personal
experience that it is a difficult task. My lover is my first line of offense in that battle.....(Then, good drugs, good chemicals, excellent foods)...

In a few weeks, I hit birthday #62. And, I have never felt this healthy and horny and enjoying life and loving since my early 30's. I have
hard morning erections almost every day, my belt size dropped from 35 inch waist to a 32 inch waist (weight 158 pounds), my chest is
up to 44 inches ( I am not a big framed guy), and I crave sex with my lover as if we were in our 30's again. Wow is all I can say.

!! OOoooooppsss! Better reign-in my enthusiasm! Don't want to be to colorful on this forum  :D

My e2 target is in the 15 to 20 range, and we are still working on it to find a balanced level. I can say that I respond VERY well to
anastrozole. Prior anastozole doses were 1mg/week, and then .5 mg/week, and now .25 mg/week.

In three years, Serum e2 levels went from 60+ (IIRC, I don't have the papers here), down to 4 (1 mg/week and then .5 mg/week),
and at .25 mg/week, this next blood test will tell us how my body responds to .25 mg/week.

For right now, I am convinced that the Zoloft 6 month period in 2005 was the trigger that crashed my male hormone system.
Extremely elevated e2, extremely depressed testosterone, felt miserable, and just "going through the motions" of existing in Life.
Could not erect at all, lost interest in sex for over a year.

I'm sure I could summon a good rant on the dangers of SSRI's. But, It did get me out of my mourning depression.

OK!! Gotta go. Hope something good happens to everyone today. Go do something FUN this weekend.

Lovin' it down hee-ah in Flah-ridder!! Cheers! - Sam D.
Title: Re: finally posting my experiences/results with Testopel HRT and meds
Post by: PeakT on June 18, 2014, 04:16:21 pm
Outstanding.  Yeah, the SARIs are a bedroom disaster so often.  How's that going to help a guy break out of depression, eh?!?

I am taking  .25 mg per week myself.  Just a little to shave off the peak...
Title: Update on serum levels from 25 June 2014 blood draw.....
Post by: Sam Duxbury on July 09, 2014, 07:32:16 pm
Good Day, my friends!

Wanted to post this earlier, but just got back from a July 4th mini-cation to Tennessee.

I got some partial numbers from my Dr, from the blood draw on 25 June 2014.

I have an appointment for my three month review at the end of July, and I shall get the entire detailed lab report.
Sneak peek, the numbers are awesomely good.....(Mr. PeakT, you're going to love these !)

On the 25th June blood draw, which is 10 weeks after the SottoPelle insert procedure, (drum roll please)

Serum T is 1,165 ng/dL  ;D

Estradiol E2 (via Ultrasensitive) is 27 pg/dL  ;D   ;D

So, my doc hit the right dosage for Anastrozole at .25 mg per week, 250 IU of hCG sub-q 6 times a week, and the
T pellets every six months. She really has a good feel for handling this TRT lifestyle. 'Cause, that's what this is, a lifestyle.

I am going to be on this for the rest of my life due to the car wreck and the SSRI crash. And, I am paying for all
this out of my pocket except for the Quest lab work and Anastrozole. My med insur company won't pay a cent elsewise.
But, that is another fuming rant for another time.

By the way, we had some AWESOME loving on vacation, gotta be the clean mountain air and water  8)  8)

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day weekend!

Cheers! - Lovin' it down hee-ah in Flah-ridder!!  - Sam D.
Title: Re: Update on serum levels from 25 June 2014 blood draw.....
Post by: PeakT on July 09, 2014, 08:32:36 pm
Good Day, my friends!

Wanted to post this earlier, but just got back from a July 4th mini-cation to Tennessee.

I got some partial numbers from my Dr, from the blood draw on 25 June 2014.

I have an appointment for my three month review at the end of July, and I shall get the entire detailed lab report.
Sneak peek, the numbers are awesomely good.....(Mr. PeakT, you're going to love these !)

On the 25th June blood draw, which is 10 weeks after the SottoPelle insert procedure, (drum roll please)

Serum T is 1,165 ng/dL  ;D

Estradiol E2 (via Ultrasensitive) is 27 pg/dL  ;D   ;D

So, my doc hit the right dosage for Anastrozole at .25 mg per week, 250 IU of hCG sub-q 6 times a week, and the
T pellets every six months. She really has a good feel for handling this TRT lifestyle. 'Cause, that's what this is, a lifestyle.

I am going to be on this for the rest of my life due to the car wreck and the SSRI crash. And, I am paying for all
this out of my pocket except for the Quest lab work and Anastrozole. My med insur company won't pay a cent elsewise.
But, that is another fuming rant for another time.

By the way, we had some AWESOME loving on vacation, gotta be the clean mountain air and water  8)  8)

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day weekend!

Cheers! - Lovin' it down hee-ah in Flah-ridder!!  - Sam D.

Well, I'd love to see you a bit lower so you don't have to take the Arimidex, but that's just my take on it.  So how are you feeling with those levels?  Any irmprovements?