Thanks guys! Yes, I do feel much better.
Re: George and Stavia posts, the Serum T went from 7 to 15 in these 6 weeks, but my Free T only went from .8 to .9. Also, I tested DHEA-S. Unfortunately, it's always been on the very low end and falling in recent years. I started supplementing with oral crystalline DHEA 25mg about a year ago. My level last summer was 57, in January 61 and last week it was at 65 (the range is 41.2-243.7 ug/dl). I would like to see what happens if I get it up in the 80's or 90's. (Anyone have an opinion on optimal DHEA-S level?). I've just ordered micronized DHEA 10mg. I'm definitely wary of DHEA supplementation as I guess we can't be sure what it converts to in each individual? I think I'll wait a few more weeks on my current regimen, then order another lab to make sure my hormones have reached their maximum levels with the new estradiol patch. After that, I'll start with the micronized DHEA. This means I'll have to continue ordering the labs that test all of the hormones I've been looking at to try and determine what effect raising DHEA-S has. I've been using Life Extension female hormone panel...at $75; it's a decent value for Testosterone (free and Total), DHEA-S, Estradiol and Progesterone.
Julie, yes, I'm taking oral progesterone 100mg at night and I am sleeping fairly deeply again for the first time in 6 years...It's awesome!
(One last note on covering the estradiol patch with tegaderm to stay dry during baths/showers. I cut a small piece of paper towel the size of my patch and put it on the sticky tegaderm film first. Then I carefully place the tegaderm film over the estradiol patch with the paper towel cutout covering the patch. The reason for this is if the tegaderm film touches the patch, it adheres to the patch and will not come off. With this routine, I can quickly and easily cover patch, bathe, then remove tegaderm afterwards. I buy 100 pieces of tegaderm film for $22.49 and I've also purchased PDI adhesive tape remover pads, 100 for $6.49. These little pads remove the sticky residue left behind when you change your patch. This system works beautifully and I'm 100% satisfied with it. And yes, soon you might see me on late night TV... "this too can be yours at home for only $9.99 plus $49..99 S&H"...