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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Acne Bar Soap for Back
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:24:30 pm »
I was using Cetaphil antibacterial bar soap since it is gentle, but it looks like the antibacterial ingredient is now banned. Any ideas for a bar soap that is good for back acne but won't be too harsh and dry out the skin, etc?

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / IGF-1 - Two data points
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:04:45 pm »
Several months back I had an IFG-1 test and it was 156. My most recent was 315, which is high (75-216). Any idea about this? I have trouble sleeping and always wondered how IGF-1 plays into that (since it is excreted when sleeping). Recently, I have been trying to sleep on my back and notice I have dreams this way. Maybe I am getting a deeper sleep and making more IGF-1? That still hasn't solve my sleeping issues (or daytime sleepiness), but maybe there is something there.

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After a few months on TRT (120 mg/week of cyp and 800IU HCG/week, both split into EOD), here are my labs at the time my injection was due (the trough).

Total T = 910
Free T = 23
SHBG = 25.5

The dose was adjusted to 140mg/week (from 120mg/week) and 0.125mg AI EOD added. Results after a couple months:

Total = 760
Free T = 29
No SHBG test

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It seems odd that that the testosterone dosage was increased 15% but the total T is down 20%. However, the free T is up 25%. Both labs were taken 48 hours after the last injection. Not sure if it matters, but I use the 5/16" short insulin needles in the glutes. Also, at 140mg/week...it seems odd that the total T is just 760. That said, it is 2 days after the last injection and perhaps I am one of those guys that processes it quickly (or something to that effect).


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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Cycle HCG
« on: July 18, 2017, 07:36:20 pm »
I was watching a video where someone said it was bad to use HCG long term (something about the leydig cells). It got me wondering, why not just cycle the HCG?

The big question is can you do any long term damage with continuous and long term use of HCG? If so, it seems cycling it might be a better option? I don't care that much about fertility anymore and ball size isn't a big deal. I am using it because I thought it was a "free" way to keep these options available, without any risk. But now I am not so sure.

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Im on TRT (upper end) and have been getting acne on the back and shoulders. Its not real bad, but I had very bad acne in my younger years so its not a big surprise. Any ideas about it? Does it burn itself out...maybe after the skin adapts or something?

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / HCG Dosage
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:22:08 am »
Just keeping it simple, but for T dosing, we monitor total T and free T. For AI dosing, we monitor E2.

How does one arrive at the proper dosing for HCG? I know it affects total T (function of the individual). Since it affects total T, it will affect E2 as well...but does it more of an effect on E2 than just the by product of elevated T? Do you go by testicular atrophy (or lack thereof), mood, etc.? It doesn't seem to be that clear on how to arrive at the proper dose.

My E2 is a bit high (64) and was wondering how much of that is due to HCG (800IU/week). My T is only 900 so lowering T alone probably wouldn't get my E2 down that much.

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I have had sleep problems for a while and have a sleep test planned. I just got my labs back after starting TRT and my E2 sensitive is 65. I can usually fall asleep OK, but wake up multiples times. I hear that insomnia can be a symptom of high E2.

Anyway, the question is should I delay the sleep test until I get the E2 adjusted (assuming the doc wants to adjust)? The issue is the sleep test is very expensive and it is self pay. So I don't want to get bad data. My gut is telling me that I should delay the sleep test.

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There are many ways to gauge that your central nervous system (CNS) is getting overly taxed. This is something that guys who lift weights need to constantly be aware of and address in their programming. However, many of the cues are subjective. I think this presents a particular problem for guys with low T, sleep issues, stress/cortisol issues. Sometimes, it can be hard to distinguish what is going on. For me, I get excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and it can be easy to confuse this with fatigue (when they can be two entirely different things).

A reduction of grip strength is associated with CNS burnout. Therefore, it is a good objective measure. What I didn't realize until recently was how cheap a hand dynamometer can be. Amazon has a Camry unit for less than $30. For me, it is a very consistent measure. It may be something you want to monitor daily and just observe any fluctuations and adjust accordingly. Seeing as the cost and time to check is low, this seems to be a good bang for the buck.

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Brain MRI
« on: April 11, 2017, 06:54:58 pm »
I have been having issues with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). So I am going to do a sleep study, but the sleep doc always wants me to do a brain MRI. I am just curious if they could identify a reason why my natural test levels are low as well? Would this be something that Dr. Saya at Defy would find useful and should I try to get it to him?

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / OK to Prefill Syringe
« on: February 22, 2017, 08:48:57 am »
I like to use a 31G for cyp injections, but it takes a while to load. One issue is that I am pretty lean and prefer the 5/16" length (so need 30G or 31G insulin needles). I don't think they make 29G in 5/16" length.

Anyway, the question is if I can just load several syringes all at once and then use them over the next 1-2 weeks? I don't see an issue, but wanted to make sure.

The other question is if it is OK to pull the syringe back far, let it fill as much as it can, then squeeze back the extra amount? I would think so, but just checking. I am thinking of making a little tool (3D print) so that I can just put it and let it fill about 30% more than it needs and then push back the rest. Plus, with a good tool I can keep the vacuum on it while the vial gets low and the needle needs to be accurately positioned.

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Several months ago, I started Clomid at 20mg/day and that got my total T to about 700. After several months, I started to get floaters and the dosage was reduced to 12.5mg EOD. After a couple months, my total T is 600. So this is a major dosage reduction with a minor affect to T.

So I wonder if 12.5mg every third day or 3X/week would work pretty well. Ideally, I would like to minimize the Clomid dosage and still be at least 500-600.

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Clomid and Floaters
« on: August 24, 2016, 05:57:39 pm »
Well, after 8 months on clomid (19mg/day) I started getting the dreaded floaters. After a few weeks ago, I talked to Dr. Saya and cut back to 12.5mg/day. Then I decided to drop to 12.5mg EOD because they weren't getting better. I think (hope) at that dose the risk of developing new ones is low.

It seems they are a little better, but kind of annoying. Do these go away with time?

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As we know, steroids help body composition (gain muscle and lose fat). For TRT (and the like), we usually set the levels to be mid range.

So my question is, if you are interesting in maximizing body composition, would you want to be at the higher end (say about 1,000-1,200 total T)? I have heard that you really don't get a benefit until about 1,500...which is out of normal range (potentially making this a moot point).

But would a doc ever go into the higher range for guys who are interested in body composition? Provided you are getting your blood checked regularly and feel good at this level, what would be the issue? The guys who do steroids are doing massive amounts and generally don't have too many issues if done right. I have no interest in that route, but I would like the be at the boundary of the health/ethical/legal limit.

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On clomid and my Total T is OK. But I have had my free T checked several times now (maybe 5-7)...and it is "< 0.2" every time. What the heck is up with this? Dr. Crisler originally thought maybe it was a lab error, but he said he has never seen that before. I realize the free T test has some issues, but this seems out of bounds. I did check with SHBG and total T and that seemed reasonable. I just find it odd that they basically have my Free T as 0.0 for 5-7 tests now. Those are split between different labs and doctors as well. So somehow, free T can not be detected in my system.

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Clomid at 18mg/day seems to be doing the job. But I can't help but wonder if TRT would possibly be better? Just curious about thoughts on this. I am on clomid now to retain fertility, but in a few years I won't care about that anymore.

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