Hi guys, after reading many topics on this forum for a few years, I have decided to talk about my situation. I am 22 year old male who used steroids two years ago. My first cycle consisted of Test E 500mg for 12 weeks, I made good gains and I recovered quickly without any symptoms of steroid induced hypogonadism.
Two months after PCT ended, I began another one consisting of Test E 500mg/week and Tren ace 400mg/week for 8 weeks. But this time, in the middle of my cycle I lost my libido and had severe ED even though i was using arimidex 0.5mg twice a week and cabergoline to control estrogen and prolactin.
When this issues began, I immediately decided to drop everything and began pct for 6 weeks with clomid. After PCT ended, I was feeling horrible with fatigue, depression, mood swings, low energy, lack of libido, severe ED etc. So I decided to go and do some blood work and thats when i discovered that i was still very suppressed.
FSH 3.38 mUI/ml Range: 1.4 - 18.1mUI/ml
LH 2.23 mUI/ml Range: 0.5 - 5.3mUI/ml
Prolactin: 1.71 ng/ml Range: 2 -18 ng/ml
Testosterone 158 ng/dl Range: 41 - 827ng/dL
Progesterone 0.66 ng/ml Range 0.28 - 1.22 ng/ml
Estradiol 39.3 pg/ml Range 0 - 39.8pg/ml
After I got this results, I went with an endocrinologist. He prescribed nebido 1000mg every 8 weeks. At the beginning i felt pretty good, libido and erections coming back, mood was more stable, energy levels increasing, but after a few weeks i got massive bloating, mood swings, low libido and soft erections. So I tested my hormones and my results were:
FSH 0.84 mUI/ml Range: 1.4 - 18.1mUI/ml
LH <0.07 mUI/ml Range: 0.5 - 5.3mUI/ml
Prolactin: 18.18 ng/ml Range: 2 -18 ng/ml
Testosterone 878.46 ng/dl Range: 41 - 827ng/dL
Progesterone 1.0 ng/ml Range 0.28 - 1.22 ng/ml
Estradiol 95.5 pg/ml Range 0 - 39.8pg/ml
T4 total: 8.13 Range 5.1 - 11.2µg/dL
T4 free: 1.20 Range 0.73 - 1.55ng/dL
TSH: 1.43 Range Range 0.4 - 4.0µUI/mL
T3 total: 88.98 Range 59 - 155ng/dL
T3 free: 2.80 Range 0.4 - 4.0µUI/mL
DHEA: 384.0 ug/dL Range 80 - 560 ug/dL
DHT 47 ng/dL Range 30 - 85 ng/dL
I had a conversation with my endo and he told me that my elevated estrogen was normal and that there was no need for an AI.
Because of the amount of side effects I was getting from the increased estrogen, I decided to get off TRT and see if I could recover my endogenous test production. weeks go by after my last injection of nebido and I noticed a complete loss of libido, mood fluctuations and lack of energy. I had morning erections and the overall ability to get an erection was present.
Despite the low libido, mood problems and lack of energy, I thought that overtime it would be alright but it has been 15 months since my last nebido shot and i am having the same symptoms i had when i stopped nebido
- low energy
- libido is completely absent
- mood swings
- dificulty concentrating
These symptoms are not as bad as coming off tren but still, I don´t feel normal. Morning erections are present and getting it up is possible only with physical stimulation. I don´t remember when was the last time i had a random erection and I am worried because a feel like my libido is never coming back.
My latest labs are
Total testosterone 411.02 Range 118 - 948ng/dL
SHGB 35.47 nmol/l Range 10.7 - 69.6 nmol/L
Free Testosterone 7.62 ng/dl Range 9 - 30ng/dL
Free Testosterone % 1.85 Range 2-3%
Bioavailable testosterone 198.5 Range 110 - 575 ng/d
T4 total: 8.60 Range 5.1 - 11.2µg/dL
T4 free: 0.89 Range 0.73 - 1.55ng/dL
TSH: 2.03 Range 0.4 - 4.0µUI/mL
T3 total: 85.08 Range 59 - 155ng/dL
T3 free: 2.04 Range 0.4 - 4.0µUI/mL
HbA1c 5% Range 4 - 6%
CBC and metabolic panel are normal
I have researched a lot about my situation but would like to know what you guys think about the labs and if they could be related to my symptoms. I am starting to think that i should go back on TRT and control my estrogen so it doesnt go up like the last time on nebido. My diet is super clean and I have tried many natural supplements like ZMA, vitamin D and gingseng.
Sorry about my english, I am not a native speaker