I think this approach is fine. I must say having been doing this for years, treating hundreds and thousands of men I have been underwhelmed with the results with topicals. Injections can cause peaks and valley and I have many younger men inject twice a week that smooths out the peaks and valleys. I think it is appropriate to follow the advice of your primary doctor and endocrinologist. I have just seen too many men spend months or years with gels with sub optimal results. Many men are diagnosed with depression and are not really depressed (I have no idea if this applies to you), but the presumed depression is base dupon low T.
My recommendation would be to pursue this but if a few months pass and results are modest consider another approach. Pellets are one approach to have smooth levels of T and are placed every 4 months.
It is suggested that bioavailable testosterone represents the fraction of circulating testosterone that readily enters cells and better reflects the bioactivity of testosterone than does the simple measurement of serum total testosterone. Also, varying levels of SHBG can result in inaccurate measurements of bioavailable testosterone. Decreased SHBG levels can be seen in obesity, hypothyroidism , androgen use, and nephritic syndrome (a form of kidney disease ). Increased levels are seen in cirrhosis , hyperthyroidism , and estrogen use. In these situations, measurement of free testosterone may be more useful.
"The first reading I got from him in the morning was 498. Keep in mind during this time I had been getting readings from other doctors and all of them were around 305-363 ng/dl and also in the morning as well. I actually got checked into the hospital for a severe depressed episode and had a very sympathetic psychiatrist test my testosterone at around 6pm and it came to 199 ng/dl ( hypogonadal for almost any lab and yes I felt every bit the part of those low levels that many of us on this forum have come to unfortunately know). So the doctor I'm seeing prescribed me a quick regimen of HCG for four weeks. My levels per his lab went from 498 to 699 and this reading was taken in the afternoon because my new job currently requires my early mornings and cannot schedule a morning draw."