Ok, well what I know is that my daily dose is 0.5ml of cream containing 100mg of testosterone. It is a very small amount of cream and can be quickly applied to a small area. The cream is not very thick at all, its made with "lipoderm" and is easily applied. I believe the prescription said "100mg testosterone 20%".
So how many milligrams (mg) of testosterone would you be applying each day then with 2g of 3% testosterone?
Here is the math: 3% of (2G) 2000Mg is 0.03 x 2000 = 60Mg. (occasionally I use a touch more than 2 grams, say, 2.5g)
It's generally agreed that only about 10% of what is applied gets absorbed. So, I probably absorb about 6 Mg per day. (6mg being 10% of the 60Mg that are applied)
It's generally said that most healthy men produce between 4 and 7 Mg Testosterone per day, so I am "in the range" and my lab numbers of 700 verify that.
Numbers matter, including lab test numbers. I like to understand how and why something works, or should work. I want my labs correct. There is a wealth of information available now to anyone who bothers to look. Especially when it comes to thyroid and testosterone numbers. Properly located within the, often very wide, range is where I want to be. Actual thyroid levels must be solidly in the range, and high enough to suppress TSH. Same with Testosterone. I read over and over again that many men feel crummy below T 500. My T range is 450 to 800. Still well within the normal range, but towards the upper end.
Put another way, doctors that give a man a single packet of 25MG Androgel (as mine did) are, at (a very optimistic) 10% absorption, providing only 2.5mg of T per day. Far below what a man naturally produces. That same doctor will then claim that 3 packets is "far too much". We also know that Androgel does not absorb all that well in the required shoulder or sides locations. And that the maximum dose of 4ea 25Mg packets still might not absorb well enough to provide normal levels.