Boy, never thought the process would take months, but it's finally paying off. My T blood test on 9/10 revealed a 483 total. I put the cream on at 7, and got my blood tested at 2 (blood was drawn from an area where I made sure the cream didn't go near). Don't know about the free, though the urologist is mostly concerned with total at this point.
After my last test in mid august came back at 240, he bumped me up to 10 gm of the compounded cream (we started at 5 gm), and it's undoubtedly made an impact. I see him Monday, 9/13, for another follow up. I'm going to ask to take 20gm/day of the cream. That should get me to the 600 to 800 range.
And the beauty of that 240 test level in August is that now my T compounded cream will be covered by insurance. It's generic, so a three month supply will (or should!!!) cost only $15!!! Any other generic med I've ever gotten was $15 or cheaper, so I can't see it not being the same for the testosterone.
I'm also feeling the effects, as the days and weeks move on. Although I had no ED as part of my symptom list, my libido is way higher and my athletic endurance is greater. I'm also recovering faster after activities. For example, when I played football last season, I was usually sore until the following Friday following a game on Sunday. Our new season started last Sunday, and by yesterday I was fine, even playing some tennis.
Couple of side notes. Maybe this is TMI, but I'm one of those dudes who shaves his body hair. The wife likes it, what can I say. But I used to shave maybe once per week, and now I just do a quick glide every day in the shower, especially where I'm going to put the cream, and I think it drastically helps the absorption. I think it's akin to the difference between putting aftershave on an unshaven face vs. a freshly shaved one (not that I put T-cream on my face lol).
Second point of note....20g of the compounded cream is like the equivalent of TEN pumps of something like androgel. I can easily put that kind of compounded cream on every day, but if I were to take that kind of dose of Androgel or Testim, I'd be swimming in the stuff.
Will update y'all again after my appointment on Monday.