At 19 (2014) I suspected I had low HGH and Test levels. I went to an endocrinologist and while my HGH levels were indeed below range, my test came back “normal”. She also confirmed that I had gone through a “delayed puberty”. I went back for a 2nd blood test, which I didn’t sleep before having, so take the results with a pinch of salt. In the end, nothing was prescribed.
At the age of 20 I started a cycle of Test E. I don’t really remember but I think it was 300mg once or twice a week. After 7-8 weeks, because of certain situations in my life I had to discontinue immediately and was unable to get on PCT. While on the cycle for the first time in my life some facial hair had grown, and I put on some muscle, that was about it.
Between then (2015) and now (2019) I have continued to struggle with
- insomnia/sleep problems (although I had this before my cycle too)
- terrible memory and cognition compared to before my first cycle
- anxiety and depression, although I have had this all my life.
The first 3 problems have all got worse since the “cycle”, but they weren’t great to begin with.
I took bloods twice in 2014 and again in 2018. Here are the results of all 3
- Testosterone: 16 nmol (7.6-31.4) - converts to 461 ng/dL
- LH: 2.3 IU/L (1.7-8.6)
- FSH: 3.3 IU/L (1.5-12.4)
- Free T3: 5.0 pmol/L (3.5-7.7)
- Testosterone: 9.38 nmol (7.6-31.4) - converts to 270 ng/dL
- LH: 1.4
- FSH: 3.2
- Free T3: 5.8
- Free T4: 17.1
- TSH: 3.25
- SHBH: 24
- Testosterone: 11.90 nmol/L (9-30) - converts to 343 ng/dL
- LH: 4.0
- FSH: 4.2
- SHBH: 26
I remember being pretty heavily sleep deprived at the Late 2014 blood tests, could this explain the disparity between that and my July 2014 test?
My questions are:
1. Could my 6 weeks on Test E with no PCT have messed up my test production somewhat?
2. If so, is it possible Clomid could kickstart my natural T production, even if it has been 4 years since my cycle?
3. Seeing as I have symptoms of low T (sexual dysfunction/low libido; fat in midriff area despite working out hard and regularly for 6 years; chronic insomnia; memory and cognition problems; lack of motivation or drive; very little facial or body hair), should I get on TRT even if I’m 25 years old and want kids one day?
4. I’m very short and have a baby face. One thing I have going for me is good hair genes. If I’m on TRT from 25 years old for life, is there any realistic chance of keeping my hair? Most men in my family keep a full head of hair until death.
Side note: my diet and lifestyle is on point and have been for a while. I eat clean, lift heavy (although my lifts have plateaued for about 2 years now) low BF % and look after myself well.
I can’t live with the symptoms of low T. But I would look terrible bald and I want a lot of kids one day, so it’s a big gamble. If there is no way to kickstart my T production naturally I think I will bite the bullet. But any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading