I am new here and I would like to share my hrt experience thus
2004 November For past 8 years have felt fatigued; no
libido; bloodwork done for free
T := 10.7 of [11.0 - 40.0]
I went to a urologist to see if he would work
with me on naturally boosting my T levels with
herbs; tribulus; etc....... did not work much.
2005 January Started Androgel at 5gm packet. T levels
Total := 363 [280 - 800]
Free := 12.8 [11.0 - 40.0]
Estradiol := 16
Still felt like crap and the doctor really did not
know what he was doing. I was the one to ask
him for the tests I wanted ordered.
2005 March changed doctors to one who supposedly
knew something about hrt, he was also a
urologist . He increased my androgel to 10 gm.
Labs ordered :
Total := 423 [280 - 800]
Free := 12.6 [11.0 - 40.]
Estradiol := 33.7
He changed my meds to trying testim which smelled
like dead musks and he put me on Arimidex .25mg
e3d. All the while I still had no libido, loss of strength
and muscle mass, fatigued a lot and very discouraged.
Doctor would not increase my meds or change them
he said I should be fine at 423 T level.
2005 June I decided that I would change docs for one more
time. This time it was for the beter. This doc
specializes in male hormone replacement and was only
a 2 hour drive away. He took about 1 hour and 45
minute consultation which he covered just about
everything and started me on injections of 200mgs
first shot, then 100mgs there after each week. He
also spoke with me regarding my eating and nutrition
which was not where it should have been.
2005 August I was feeling much much better on the
injections with my levels as follows:
Total := 676 [280 - 800]
Free := 201 [ 47 - 244]
estradiol := 81
My libido was still not 100% and my morning
erections were non existant. So he put me on
Arimidex .5mg EOD.
2005 October I was feeling my best with levels as
Total := 707 [280 - 800]
free := 200 [47 - 244]
estradiol := 15
He then gave me the option of adding hcg
the 2 days prior to my next injection which
I did. And my sense of well being came back.
I found myself actually wanting to enjoy life.
From October to about April I felt my best since about 10
years ago. Sex was great with my wife and my libido
was actually there. Morning wood was usually there also.
My muscles and strength came back. I could now actually
bench press 100 lbs, (for me this is an accomplishment).
Also my blood pressure which was high 160/90 had fallen
to 137/79 and stabilized there.
2006 July routine bloodwork which revealed all lower
Total := 496 [280 - 800]
Free := 146 [47 - 244]
Estradiol := 5
I have felt pretty crummy during the spring and
summer. I attribute this to the low estrogen levels
that I had from the Arimidex and the allergies that I
have had to deal with. My physician told me to
stop taking the Arimidex.
Presently I have been off of Arimidex for about 3 weeks
now and I can physically feel the effects of my estrodiol
rising. Hot flashes, no libido, soft penis and some
fatigue. My doctor said that I should have the 24 hour
urinary analysis done to get a clear picture of what
my estrogen situation is doing before any more estrogen
blockers. I know he is right, I am just wondering if using
something like dim or I 3 C is better for me to control
estrogen or should I just request Arimidex again but
at a lower dose? All in all I have learned how my
body reacts on hrt, high estrogen and low estrogen and
it is true that no two people are alike in their journey
down this road.