I’ve been browsing these forums for quite some time and I thought I would finally post my own story.
For most of my teen/adult life I have suffered from erectile dysfunction.
I’ve been active in sports for most of my life and picked up a healthy weight lifting addiction after playing college football.
I’ve had little to no health issues outside of some ADD I battled as a child.
Long story short, I am a healthy in shape guy in his mid 20s who has little to no libido and outside of the occasional morning wood,erections are non-existent.
My first attempt at getting this issue figured out involved a doppler test at one of our local urology clinics here in Omaha, NE. The test came back revealing no physical issues in terms of my “gear” down there.
They did take some blood work and the results of said blood work are what brought me here.
Below is a brief description of my overall health including the lab results
(I apologize if I am not following normal protocol here, not sure if I am following the stickies mentioned in multiple threads)
Ht, 6ft 2in
215-220lbs depending on the day
Plenty of facial/body hair
No real visual signs of Low T
Supplements: Fish Oil, GNC Sport Multivitamin, Whey Protein, and ZMA
Low T symptoms: Low Libido, ED
(I have never had an issue with lack of motivation or energy, only thing that has me depressed is a non-existent sex life outside of cialis use)
TESTOSTERONE, TOTAL 398 ng/dL 285-950
TESTOSTERONE, FREE 108 pg/mL 50-247
TESTOSTERONE, % FREE 2.7 % 1.8-3.2
SEX BINDING GLOBULIN 15 nmol/L 10-74
ALBUMIN 4.8 g/dL 3.7-5.0
FREE T4 1.3 ng/dL 0.8-1.6
PROLACTIN 10.5 ng/mL 2.1-17.7
FSH 2.2 mIU/mL 1.4-18.1
GLUCOSE 87 mg/dL 70-99
UREA NITROGEN SERUM 17 mg/dL 6-24
CREATININE SERUM 1.08 mg/dL <1.31
GFR NON-AFRICAN AMERICAN > 60 mL/min/1.73m2 >60
GFR AFRICAN AMERICAN > 60 mL/min/1.73m2 >60
BUN/CREAT 16 Ratio
BILIRUBIN TOTAL 1.1 mg/dL 0.1-1.4
AST (SGOT) 38 IU/L <45
ALT (SGPT) 37 IU/L <50
ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE 61 IU/L <170
CALCIUM 9.6 mg/dL 8.5-10.5
SODIUM 142 mmol/L 135-146
POTASSIUM 4.2 mmol/L 3.5-5.2
CHLORIDE 103 mmol/L 96-109
CO2 30 mmol/L 23-32
PROTEIN SERUM 7.4 g/dL 6.4-8.2
ALBUMIN 4.8 g/dL 3.7-5.0
GLOBULIN 2.6 g/dL 2.1-4.0
ALBUMIN/GLOBULIN 1.8 Ratio
After doing a fair amount of research on my own, turns out 398 is well below the average level of total T for a guy my age.
That number was shocking to see, especially since my natural manly physique always led me to believe this libido/ED issue was all in my head.
These lab results caused me to take action. Luckily there is a very reputable university med center next door to my place so I immediately called them up to set an appointment with one of their Low T specialists.
I brought my labs from the local urologist and described my symptoms to the doc. I was told that my levels were definitely treatable but since I am a young man with aspirations of one day starting a family, complete TRT replacement therapy wouldn’t be advisable due to issues with fertility
So he prescribed me 25mg of Clomid to be taken 3 days a week before bed.
Ill be doing this for the next month and will be taking another set of labs after said month has passed.
I understand what the goal of clomid therapy is. We are basically trying to kick start my hypothalamus in order to increase my natural ability to produce these hormones.
I am currently 3 pills in and am a little wary of some the side effects of the drug.
Granted none of them have hit me since its so early in the ball game, but with clomid being potentially estrogenic i’m worried ill start needing to wear a bra…
My first set of labs didn’t measure my estriadol levels which is unfortunate so I don’t have much of a base to begin with there.
I am also hearing that clomid can completely eliminate a man’s libido. Which I know I already suffer from but still, it completely defeats the real purpose behind taking the drug.
Basically gents I am here for some advice.
Is clomid the right way to go here? Does anything in my labs point towards a specific reason why I might be going through these issues?
I know only time will tell if clomid therapy is effective or not, but any extra advice from people who have been through similar issues would be greatly appreciated.