I've been using a 10% compounded testosterone cream at a dose of just 0.5g applied every morning to the inside of my forearms. Did you check your prolactin when you checked your E2?
After I was on the cream for 5 weeks, I had a blood test done 24 hours after application. Just this very small amount of cream got me to 700 ng/dl, but my estradiol was only 11 pg/ml. This is exactly the same estradiol level that I had when my TT was less than 300 ng/dl.
Why do you think my estradiol has not increased at all? How do I increase my estradiol?
I've also been having a lot of anxiety. Any idea why?
Are you using the E2 sensitive test? If not that maybe why it's measuring the same there is just that much error in the old test.
On your question about how much T would HCG give you. If you can get your balls working with HCG why would they not produce at least as much as you measured when the doc said you are hypogonadal? What was your pre TRT Total T ?
Yes it was the sensitive estradiol test, but it was done in Australia, which obviously has different labs than the US.
My prolactin was in the low normal range when I had it tested before going on TRT.
I tried hCG about a decade ago just for 3 weeks because my doc at the time refused to leave me on it longer than that. It worked very well at a dose of 500iu eod. It got me to near the top of the normal reference range.
My TT before TRT was around 300. Clomid more than doubled it at 12.5mg eod, but the side effects were horrible, so I quit it and started the cream.
I now have enclomiphene citrate in my possession, so plan to give that a try and if it fails, I will go back to test cream with hCG added.
I'm unsure why I'm getting so much anxiety on the test cream. Could it be that my DHT is too high?