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    Theophylline to reduce hematocrit?

    Just found this and thought it was interesting - maybe drinking lots of black tea for its theophylline content could help reduce hct levels? https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199007123230203
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    At Home HCT Tester

    Has anyone here used an at home HCT tester? If so, did you find the results as acurate as having blood drawn and tested by a lab? Just found this one on Amazon, i think at around £40 it would be worth having so long as they're accurate...
  3. BigTex

    My Dilemma

    My doctor has put in an order for a blood dump, should I go or lower the dose slightly. September blood tests RED BLOOD CELL COUNT 5.66 Reference Range: 4.20-5.80 Million/uL HEMOGLOBIN 16.8 Reference Range: 13.2-17.1 g/dL HEMATOCRIT 50.4 H Reference Range: 38.5-50.0 PLATELET COUNT 281 Reference...
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    New study Hematocrit relationship to MACE (major adverse cardiovasular events)

    I found this on the good doctor Rasamad's IG page and I was wondering if after 24 months of starting TTH if we are good with cardio risks. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37948758/
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    EPO vs high HCT

    Why do some guys report getting out of breath easier when their HCT is high, yet athletes use EPO to increase their RBC’s, which would obv increase their HCT as well. Why are these athletes getting improved cardio, while guys on TRT report decreased cardio when their HCT levels get too high?
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    My dose has been too high?

    Try and keep this short...5 years ago felt bad, Dr put me on 100 mg of Test cyp 1x a week, did ok for a while, HCT HGB got too high, told to donate every 4 months, still didn't feel right, test levels were great, high in fact around 1000, after another year still felt rough (Yes tested for...
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    Having a rough time since I lowered my Test dose....

    I lowered my dose from 120mg (was on for over a year) slowly down to 90mg a week over a few months, just recently (2 weeks ago) split it into 3 times a week MWF 30 mgs per. SInce then I feel more emotional, depressed, anxious, my nipples are really sore, I am more TIRED and ACHY all over...
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    Inj Frequency

    I know everyone is different, but I would like to hear what you have found best for inj frequency, My SHBG is mid range at 45, E2 runs a bit high at 60, HCT and HGB has been a problem for me, last blood work it was 57 and 19 so I did go donate, in the past I have had issues when i donated 3...
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    Blood Work, New Doc, Concerns

    So my pcp retired, I now have a new pcp who says he cannot prescribe TRT. I was referred to Endo and it's a 6-8 month wait. I'm on my last 1ml vial. I injected .15ml on Monday vs the usual .25 . I've also been out of HCG for 3 weeks...and strangely I can feel the difference. Furthermore I just...
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    Switching From Daily To EOD or Anything Else

    I'm kind of in a predicament. I've been attempting daily injections for about 6 months now, and before that, I was doing EOD for 8 months. Before that, I was doing 50mg twice per week. All of these protocols have driven RBC/HGB/HCT to uncomfortable or borderline levels, but I think EOD was...
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    Did reference ranges for HCT change to 40-54 recently?

    I just had labs and my HCT came in at 53.5 Normal. The ref range is 40 - 54. First time I seen that. 50 was always the cut-off in the past. I don't know which lab this urologist used.
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    First blood work after adding Nandrolone

    Added 80mg nandrolone decanote to my current protocol of 100mg testosterone cypionate a week Total Testosterone 1491 (264-916) Free Testosterone 87.07 (5-21) Estradiol 21.5 (8-35) Hematocrit 56.1 (37.5-51) Cholesterol Total 168 (100-199) HDL 41 (>39) Triglycerides 107 (0-149) LDL 107 (0-99)...
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    Success lowering HCT?

    Hey folks. I need a little help from folks like y’all that are much smarter than me. Has anyone actually had success lowering HCT while maintaining same T levels and not donating blood? How did you do it? Thanks.
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    For those that added nandrolone to TRT

    For those that added nandrolone to TRT to help with joint pain. What sort of dosage? And did it cause HCT to increase and any issues with sensitive nipples? I am thinking about asking my doctor to consider nandrolone due joint pain but dont want to have issue with HCT again. My HCT has been...
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    How to Lower Hematocrit Using Grapefruit Seed Extract Naringin

    I have been reading the grapefruit seed extract posts in regards to lowering hct. My question is at what dose did you have success lowering hct. I just began using 50 mg of GSE (grapefruit seed extract) from bulk supplements. I know this is a hit or miss for some of y'all.
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    How do you tell if your blood is thick?

    often see people referring to their blood being "thick". how exactly do you tell if it's thick? if hct is above a certain %? or do they literally mean your blood texture is thick like pudding?
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    How long does it take for blood to reflect new HCT levels after donation?

    The 3% drop wouldn't happen immediately after donating. wondering how long it would take for the blood levels to reflect the 3% drop?
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    HCT Management

    Nothing new per se but it's a nice summary. Also ventures into genetic predispositions. https://selfhacked.com/blog/hematocrit/
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    How long does it take for hematocrit to normalize after stopping TRT?

    Off TRT, last injection (enanthate) was Jan 15th, so it's been exactly 5 months. Hematocrit is still at 50%, hasn't lowered one bit after ceasing. RBC's are supposed to live for 120 days, so it's been more than enough time. What gives?
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    Anyone Here Successfully Lower Hct by lowering T dose?

    I am curious if anyone has lowered high hematocrit by a reduction of T dosage, and how long it took to see a drop.
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    Anyone Successfully Lower HCT by Reducing T Dose?

    My last blood test Hct came back at 53 back in March. Then this coronavirus hit and I haven't had a chance to recheck it. I am not having symptoms other than feeling very itchy. The last time I donated blood I had a very hard time. Felt lightheaded and short of breath for a day afterwords. I am...
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    A Question About Low Ferritin.

    I have had some strange symptoms lately. Feeling very tired along with body aches and general itchiness all over. At first I thought dry skin but its really beyond that. Had a blood test on Friday and my ferritin came back low at 12. I was surprised because I haven't had to donate blood in about...
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    High HCT - trying to decide whether to get phlebotomy

    I have been on TRT for over ten years and my lab values always hover around 56 Hct and 19 Hgb. I never paid much attention to it but now that I am mid 40s I am starting to worry more about those things. As far as I can tell, I have never had any ill effects from those levels. There seems to be a...
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    Strange phenomena - Elevated hematocrit/RBC is affecting mental health/social skills

    Ok, so we know that elevated hematocrit has implications for strokes, heart attacks, etc, but I've personally stumbled upon a strange phenomena where it affects my mental health/social skills. Background: Been on TRT for about 3 yrs now. Currently on Sustanon 250, and inject twice per week at...
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    Hematocrit increased on EOD protocol

    Hey there, My HCT was 35 pre TRT. On a 2x per week schedule of T-doses ranging from 80 mg per week to 160 mg per week, my HCT never went above 46 despite total t being upwards of 1400-1500 at times. Also about 1000-1200 hcg per week. Now, I recently went to an EOD schedule keeping my weekly...
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    Pomegranate juice and Hematocrit

    I’ve been drinking pomegranate juice lately as it’s a great anti estrogen and anti aromatase, but I just read a study that states pomegranate juice ingestion raises rbc’s, hemoglobin and hematocrit by quite a bit. Anyone have any experience with this, and would this be more like an adaptogen...
  27. keithc2485


    SOOO, I added HCG to my TRT the end of may 2019;.. the first 4 weeks was 500iu a week .....i wasnst sure how my body was going to react .... so i jumped it up to 800iu the last 2 weeks of the first 6 weeks of it before my first Labs to check E2 and hema it was fine... so I jumped it up to...
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    Lowering E2 and HCT - Reduce dose or increase frequency?

    A bit of a hypothetical question here, but something I've been curious about. Supposing someone with relatively normal SHBG (mid 20s-mid 30s) is on a T. Cyp. E3.5D injection protocol and has slightly elevated E2 and HCT. TT/FT slightly above range at trough. For this example, let's say they use...
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    My Hct Dropped on SubQ EOD protocol!

    I swithed to SubQ EOD about 2 months ago. When I made the switch my HCT was 49.5 and I had just donated blood a couple weeks prior to that. I typically donate when my Hct gets around 55, which is usually every 4 months. I just got my new labs back, Hct dropped to 48! I am very happy to see that...
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    High Hematocrit: Effect on Blood Pressure & Effect of Altitude on Hematocrit

    So Jay and Dr Nichols are doing a full court press on evidence based symptoms, saying most initial sides are basically psychosomatic and to quit being pussies and get through it, Dr Nichols wents so far a couple days ago and said pretty much the entire membership of Excel Male needs to apply...
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    What drives E2 and HCT - Peaks vs Troughs?

    I've seen it mentioned from time to time that that T level peaks have the strongest affect on E2 and that T level troughs have the strongest affect on HCT. For example, if you want to lower E2, reduce the spikes in your T levels, which is often accomplished by more frequent injections. If you...
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