I am on a fairly good-sized TRT dose of generic Androgel. Cyclo shots were a huge disappointment to me because of the lack of frequency I was allowed to have them. I tried testopels and I didnít like them. The highest my total testosterone has ever been that I have recorded with labs is like 458 ng/dL and that is WITH TRT.
I have had low testosterone since I was 14 and started TRT at 15 years old because I was constantly anemic, couldnít seem to progress in sports like my friends, etc. My total T without TRT while being off TRT for 5 months was 180 ng/dL in the morning within 1-2 hours of waking up with at least 7.5 hours of sleep. That level is WITH psychotropic meds. My total T levels off psychotropics was around 210-220 ng/dL in the morning.
I am nearly 25 in less than a month and have spent a decade almost on TRT. Iíve never had my estrogen levels checked nor have I ever tried an aromatase-inhibitor nor have I ever been allowed to try HCG. I live in a small town with super strict doctors and even the endocrine/urology clinics in nearby towns are unwilling to do much for me except urology wants to offer me implants for my testes to make them look bigger which I have declined because I donít want to consider that option yet considering Iím not even 25.
Despite my low T, I used to be squatting 295+ Pounds with a back squat, was benching around 200 lbs, could do up to about 75 pounds on shoulder press, did ab workouts almost daily, went for walks several times a week, and mixed in some running/biking with lifting at least 2 times a week (minimum). EVEN WITH ALL THAT, my total T levels after losing 46 pounds and improving my diet were still only like 448 ng/dL total.
My ďbestĒ levels are obviously other peoplesí definition of ďlowĒ levels and they are low, yes. But, I have worked extremely hard at improving that. Iíve done cortisol and thyroid testing and it is all normal and of no concern. At 169 pounds, I still had high cholesterol despite a fairly healthy diet with fruits and vegetables and exercising around 4-5 times a week with walking/lifting/biking.
Thatís my story, yet I wish it was more of a ďsuccessĒ one. When I have a better financial backbone, Iím hoping to try to maximize my endocrine health. Iíve also wanted a personal trainer and a solid diet possibly with the help of a nutritionist. Iíve been spending some time (whenever I have free time) trying to learn to cook healthier options and get all my macros in without excessive trans/sat fats, sodium, cholesterol, etc.
Iím only about 5Ē7í or 5Ē8í with shoes. Almost all my visceral fat goes right to my abdomen. I donít drink alcohol literally ever (by choice) and I try to follow a plant-based diet with the ďoccasionalĒ exception of eating out at a restaurant(s) or ordering pizza. I havenít had issues with gluten at all, but dairy I think Iím sensitive to and it makes me tired, bloated, lethargic, etc.