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  1. Dropping your estrogen (more specific, estradiol) too low will kill your libido. You need estradiol for libido. I took clomid for several years straight, when i added arimidex, i couldn't get an erection at all. Your LH is fairly low, clomid wouldn't be a bad idea if you wanted to try and boost your test a bit (or maybe a lot, depends on your nuts). I wouldn't go above 12.5mg every other day though, less is more with clomid.
  2. Just Wanted to Say hi

    Hopefully the second one
  3. Hey :)

  4. Actually there's a few studies that say they do (a bit), ie: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24106072/ Doubt you'd notice the increase mind you, but i guess every little bit counts. I read about it first here: https://suppversity.blogspot.com/2013/10/40-increase-in-total-50-increase-in.html?m=1
  5. To get trt through the nhs you'll need to hand them your testicles on a plate. Even then it's not guaranteed.
  6. F##k the NHS off!!

    ^^^ Agree with all this, except maybe last sentence
  7. What an utter waste of my time - i waited weeks to get an initial appointment with a gp, weeks to get a nurse to take my blood, weeks after that to see the gp again. HE suggests i see an endo, and now i get this stupid letter below. So basically, 18 months of private testing (9 tests), average test levels of around 7nmol. I took proof of two recent tests showing 6nmol, one just a couple of weeks before i first went to the docs. The one test they do which comes back at 11.9 apparently means i'm all fine and dandy! No offer of a repeat test, obviously all the Medichecks tests were wrong! It's about time the nhs was f##ked off and we all went private like they do in the states. Rant over.
  8. F##k the NHS off!!

    Lol, you're not wrong there. A bloke would probably have more luck going in saying they identify as a woman, but want to change gender to be a male. They'd get all the test they want then, the doc could be accused of discrimination otherwise....
  9. F##k the NHS off!!

    "Can't". "Don't" Learn to f##king write, you f##king bellend.
  10. F##k the NHS off!!

    Actually he's not. The Spire hospital i contacted wouldn't give me any idea of his prices though, other than initial consultation. I wanna see a price list before forking out £150 just to meet him
  11. F##k the NHS off!!

    Learn to f##king, read - I put "like they do in the states", ie, with insurance.
  12. Advice on the Journey Towards TRT

    They almost never follow those guidelines though
  13. Advice on the Journey Towards TRT

    Yep, doing something like that is his best bet. Just for christ's sake don't say anything about feeling a bit depressed, as that's a key word for "prescribe antidepressants".
  14. Advice on the Journey Towards TRT

    Well, you never know then. Did you phone up for the results, or go back to your gp / endo? I'd be laying it on really thick now, shuffling into the consultation room, BSSM guidelines in hand, complaining that you now can't keep an erection and your lack of libido is putting a strain on your marriage, you're having night sweats and ache constantly from head to toe. I did all that, minus the BSSM guidelines, and got the middle finger. I didn't get such a low reading as you did though, so i reckon you've got a good 50/50 chance (sorry, no faith in the nhs here).
  15. Thanks for that, that's good to know cheers
  16. I know i'm not keeping my story to one thread, but this is really just to alert people to the possibility of their blood test results from various providers being, well, wrong. By a lot. Long story short - i've been tracking my testosterone through Medichecks since early 2018, so coming up for 2 years. Nine tests. Ignoring the first two (on clomid), the rest giving results around the 6 - 8 nmol//l. Last Medichecks test was Nov '19, just over 6nmol. Fairly consistant. In dec '19, bit the bullet, saw nhs doc who took bloods on 18th Dec. Went for my results last night - 11.9nmol/l. My LH was 2.9, roughly the same as my last Medichecks test. So, for 18 months i've had regular private bloods, taken by a nurse, paid for extra fast delivery, always coming back around 6 to 7nmol. Get blood test not long after a 6 result but on nhs - result is double. Props to the doc because after i said "looks like i need to get onto Medichecks about this, i've spent a lot of money with them" he replied he still wanted me to see an endo based on the Medichecks results. Something 'aint right though.... Anyone else had this?
  17. Hmm. Never picked that up before - does that actually work? I've just googled "NHS phlebotomy centre", and it's given me several in my area. First one i checked said "a walk in service is still available", but does that mean you can just pop in with your Medichecks kit and they'll take your blood for you? It's £25 if you pick a clinic through Medichecks
  18. Advice on the Journey Towards TRT

    Hi Fooddestroyer, sorry, only just spotted you were asking me a question (actually, could someone point out how you alert a member - i'm guessing it's by putting "@" before a name?) Anyhow, as to your question about lowering levels for a blood test - i've heard that deliberately getting poor sleep the night before helps, not sure by how much but it apparently helps. Also (and these are only things that i've read), spiking your blood sugar, probably before bed, and in the morning are supposed to lower it. I'm sure there's other tricks too, maybe somebody else could chip in. I will say this though - if you really want to be prescribed trt on the nhs, then then trying to lower your levels before the test is in my opinion essential. I'm saying this because, if you get ONE rogue result above the minimum level, your chance is gone. If you read my post (more of an, in the moment angry rant really) about my thoughts on the nhs ("F##k the nhs off"), you'll see what happened with me. I had 18 months of private tests, all between 6 to i think 9ish nmol/l. The doc takes one test which came back at 11.9, and even though the gp wanted at first for me to see the endo due to my private tests, after him having a chat with an endo, answer came back "nope!". I got a letter (thought it was my endo appointment) saying regardless of my 9 previous blood draws, their 1 test shows i've got perfect levels. If i could go back to just before their blood draw, i'd have stopped up all night drinking alcohol and eating sweets. Good luck in your journey mate
  19. F##k the NHS off!!

    Cheers aqualung, i'll have a look into it.
  20. F##k the NHS off!!

    Maybe. I don't know if i've got the fight in me to go through it all though. And i know now i've seen their attitude to testosterone hasn't changed (went through all this before in 2013), that if i score low, i'll just get repeatedly tested until i score above the lower limit. They're a bunch of cnuts, my wife gets treatment just as bad for her hypothyroidism, the endo's in Birmingham are retarded.
  21. F##k the NHS off!!

    The endo hasn't offered to see me, it's the bell end gp. And i'd be wasting my time. Endo's have the last word, and from what i can see they're all frigging idiots. Endocrinology seems to be the path that special needs medical students take. Basically, if they can work out whether a number is higher or lower than another number - they're in! As for private companies, i'd love to. Unfortunately i'm in debt up to my eyeballs, which will get worse once the banks new overdraft charges they're kindly bringing in come into effect.
  22. Advice on the Journey Towards TRT

    I'm kinda at the same point as you really. I also went through this (ie, first doctors, then endo) about 8 - 9 years ago. I think, unless things have changed, with an nhs endo it's all a numbers game. They have a range (i was told last week it starts at 7nmol/l), and if you're at or above that lower figure - no treatment. The endo will take your blood when you visit, ask if you can get a hardon etc etc, yada, yada. Then after the visit you'll be waiting for your letter, saying something like "you must be very releaved that your testosterone level came back in the 'normal' range at #nmol/l" (anything at 7 or above). I've been private testing for the past nearly 2 years, trying to naturally improve my levels, all which have come back between 6 and 9 nmol. My gp took my bloods in Dec, came back at 11.9, still wants me to see the endo. I don't expect for a minute i'll get anything other than a letter like the one i mentioned above. I think if you really want to guarentee coming away with a prescriptiion, you need to make sure your levels are crashed before you go.
  23. Blood results

    I don't think the nhs even look at free test. I thought they went just off total, and it has to be below 7nmol/l
  24. Blood results

    It sounds like you've got a good plan in order there mate. I've never cycled "proper" steroids, but did mess around with proviron for many months thinking it was safe. It dropped my semi-natty levels (i took low dose clomid for years) of 21nmol/l down to between 6 and 9 nmol, which hasn't recovered (plus i'm 48). I'm just going through the nhs circus of trying to get trt at the mo, so i can understand why you're not too keen to come off to go through it yourself. It's not like popping in for some antibiotics, it's over many months. Best of luck to ya!
  25. Blood results

    I'm certainly no expert, but did you get your hematocrit measured? That seems to be an important one to keep an eye on so you don't get your blood too thick. I am interested though in how you're feeling at that dose, compared to being on nothing. What is/was your natty level?