I’m 31 years old and my testosterone is EXTREMELY low. I recently found out 3 weeks ago after a bunch of bloodwork and testing that I have thyroid problems (subclinical hypothyroid/hashimoto’s thyroiditis) and extremely low testosterone .
I have been training hard 2 hours a day 5 days a week for the last 9+ months trying to put on some muscle, and have been completely 100% failing, I have a pristine/clean diet & really good supplementation plan, is this why?
My Dr. wants to put me on exogenous testosterone/cypionate , but I don’t know if I want to do this? I do not want to completely destroy my body’s natural ability to produce testosterone, nor do I want to be permanently infertile? Are the side effects of TRT the same for men with secondary hypogonadism? I’m already producing way less Testosterone than I should, so wouldn’t TRT completely destroy my body’s natural ability to produce permanently?
He did not mention PCT or cycling, he did not mention any aromatase inhibitors or anything, just 250mg testosterone cypionate indefinitely? Doesn’t this mean my balls will shrink, I will become infertile, and eventually my body’s natural ability to produce testosterone will shut down entirely and permanently? if I don’t cycle off of it from time to time?
Is there some better alternative like clomid or anavar that would allow me to build muscle without shutting down my natural testosterone production?
I upped my supplement game recently, and completely changed up my diet to only eat foods that boost testosterone, and started taking a few highly rated natural testosterone boosters, for someone with levels as low as mine, is it even possible to get to mid- or high-normal levels through diet and natural supplementation? or is TRT my only hope?
I’m really sick of putting this effort into my work outs and getting almost no results.
My levels from bloodwork follow:
TSH: 1.61 mUI/L
TSH: 1.29 mIU/L
TSH: 2.20 mIU/L
FT4: 1.34 ng/dL
Testosterone, Serum: 376 ng/dL
Free Testosterone: 5.3 pg/mL (REF: 8.7 - 25.1)
TSH: 4.54 mIU/L
FT4: 1.51 ng/dL
Testosterone, Serum: 324 ng/dL
Free Testosterone: 2.6 pg/mL (REF: 8.7 - 25.1)
Testosterone, Serum: 610 ng/dL
Free Testosterone: 7.7 (REF: 8.7 - 25.1)
TSH: 2.25 mUI/L
FT4: 1.10 ng/dL
Also, if TRT is the only practical solution for someone with levels as low as mine, how does steroid use fit in with someone like me who is very young to be on TRT (31 y.o)? What if I eventually wanted to cycle something like anavar or winstrol ? would I still have to take an AI, do PCT and cycle the anavar? would I cycle the testosterone too? (I have limited, almost no experience with steroids , but I’ve been trying to learn before starting TRT).
Thank You so much for your help, I’m really confused on the best course of action here.
My Dr. hasn’t run any tests on LH, FSH, DHT, SHBG, I don’t think he has a clue what is the cause of my hypogonadism? regarding if its primary or secondary? etc…