Inability to absorb transdermal testosterone is a symptom of hypothyroidism or low thyroid function. This can be from thyroid problems and/or from iodine deficiency.
Have you stopped using iodized salt? - check the container.
Low thyroid function shows up as lower body temperatures.
Please check oral body temperature when you first wake up AND also mid-afternoon.
In AM, 97.7 - 97.8 is good, 97.3 to too low. Also need to get 98.6 in the afternoon.
If not using longterm iodized salt, or vitamins listing iodine; or if body temperatures are low - read the 'thyroid basics' sticky.
Low thyroid function has many of the same symptoms as low T, including the mental aspects that you reported.
You need to switch to self-injected testosterone.
You will then need to repeat these labs: TT, FT, E2
Please read these stickies:
- advice for new guys
- protocol for injections
- finding a TRT doc
Please post your labs with ranges:
fT4 [please not T3, T4]
CRP - general inflammatory marker
homocysteine - marker for arterial inflammatory processes
Please respond to all points above, double check.