Hi all, I've noticed in the last couple years my sex drive has gone way down. After being fed up with it, I got my T tested and turns out it was low. After a couple docs, I found one that would give me Clomid which it seemed like that would be a good place to start. Thinking about it now though, I would've like the doc to test a full array of stuff instead of T and a couple other things before getting me started on any treatment. Been taking Clomid at 25mg EOD for almost 6 months, am currently tapering off at 12.5mg EOD. Then I'm going to see what my T falls down to. I plan on getting a lot more tests done this time around, potentially finding another doc in the process.
These were with Labcorp
TT: 488 (348-1197)
FT: 9.0 (9.3-26.5)
FSH: 3.7 (1.5-12.4)
LH: 3.1 (1.7-8.6)
HDL: 74 (23-92)
cLDL: 114 (<100)
Chol: 197 (<200)
Trig: 43 (<150)
TSH: 3.11 (0.50-6.00)
Also had blood panel but nothing out of the ordinary there. FreeT is low and Total Testosterone is on the low end of the spectrum. Also FSH and LH are on low end of the spectrum. Was referred to a doc who had same tests done for some reason.
These were with OHSU
SHBG: 32 (11-80)
FT: 75 (47-244)
TT: 402 (300-1080)
E2: 20 (<=47)
Doc prescribed me Clomid and put me on my way. He said to take 50mg ED, but I didn't because I had done a lot of research on this website and others. I started with 25mg EOD in the middle of October. I didn't even tell the doc about the dosage I was taking.
Been taking 25mg Clomid EOD for a month at this point. These were with Labcorp.
LH: 5.6 (1.7-8.6)
TT: 1252 (348-1197)
FT 29.4 (9.3-26.5)
E2: 34 (7.6-42.6)
FSH: 4.0 (1.5-12.4)
My total and free testosterone were considered high at this point. I was feeling maybe a little better, but my sex drive wasn't there like I would have expected it to be. I talked to doc about prescribing aromasin to bring down E2 a little, and he said no because it wasn't "high." I think it would have been good to bring it down a little. I also never told him I was only taking 25mg EOD which is funny because after we got these tests back, he said to cut the dose down by 50mg in a week lol. Kind of funny to me since I got the same effect with the lower dose. At this point, I lowered my dose to 12.5mg EOD because less is more.
After 4 months of Clomid, got more tests with Labcorp
TT: 641 (348-1197)
FT 13.5 (9.3-26.5)
E2: 17.6 (7.6-42.6)
fT3: 2.1 (2.0-4.4)
fT4: 0.81 (0.75-1.54)
Finally got my thyroid tested after figuring out that my body temps were about 1 degree cooler than they should be. A couple months before this, I ordered Iodine and did a refeed of Iodine to where I took 0.75g at 25mg a day as directed in the Thyroid sticky. I figured I'd do it and my thyroid would be good. I guess I was wrong since my body temps are about 1 degree cooler than where they should be. It seems my fT3 and fT4 are on the low side of the range, not really "optimal" I would say. My E2 dropped with my dose of Clomid being cut in half by 2 back in November.
If you look at the ratio of taking 25mg Clomid EOD to 12.5mg EOD, my Total Testosterone, Free Testosterone, and Estradiol all cut in half basically.
TT: 1252 in October -> 641 in February
FT: 29.4 in October -> 13.5 in February
E2: 34 in October -> 17.6 in February
I thought that was kind of interesting. So as of right now, I am tapering off of Clomid at 12.5mg EOD. Plan on doing this for another two weeks. Then I'm going to wait a couple weeks to have everything tested again.
Tests I plan on getting: FT, TT, Vitamin D, E2, LH, FSH, Pregnenolone, DHEA-S, Zinc, Magnesium, Cortisol test somehow, Selenium, DHT?, and HbA1c.
I'm going to get more blood tests this time around to get a bigger picture. Then I want to find a doc that will actually treat me.
supplements I take:
protein powder, zinc arginate at 45mg ED, magnesium at 400mg ED, Vitamin D at 4000IU ED, pre workouts, i use iodized salt everyday for rice.
I eat really well, I barely ever go out drinking because I like to be healthy. 5'9, 190lbs. Probably 11-12% bodyfat. Resistance train: 3 days on 1 day off. HIIT cardio once a week. College student, 22 years old. Not much stress in my life, I don't really get stressed. My macros for a typical day are 230g protein, 100g fat, 270g carb. Trying to lose a little weight right now.
That's my story. Any input would be awesome