I'm 36 and for several years I've had low energy and gained a considerable amount of weight (270lbs 6'2) and low libido. I brought this up to my doctor and she looked into my thyroid first and noticed it to be low. Synthroid helped a little bit but my energy levels were still way down. Given we have a friend who was on treatment for low testosterone my wife suggested that. Long behold my testosterone was at 7.2(whateverthescaleis).
I told the doctor my number one concern was fertility because while my results for that were low they were not completely bad. But she decided to put me on androgel to help bring my test back up using 1 pump (1.25G) per day. After 3 months because she would not see me before then, I felt worse and my T came back at 6.2. She then upped my dosage to 4 pumps and waited another 3 months...
Still having low energy we went in again. My test results came back around 15 where they should be but my doctor finally decided to test my vitamin levels. My Vitamin D came back at 25 where reference for low end is 40 and my B-12 was also under but can't remember by how much. So I started taking supplements and within a month I felt amazing but still having low libido. Another thing I started having was mild and dull pain in my testicles. Brought this up to my doctor and she put me in to see the urologist which was a 6 month waiting list. I also demanded to have a Estrogen test which showed that things were high there.
Anyway, come about 3 weeks ago I notice shrinkage and my testicles no longer sitting where they normally are which paniced me. I brought this again to my doctor and she said not to worry. I told her I want off the TRT. She told me to go off over the course of a few weeks but did not give me anything to help restart things.
I'm to see the urologist in another 3 months but int he meantime don't really know if things are going to come back. Thankfully I seem to have energy and no ED problems but still notice that I don't wake up with an erection and nothing has changed with my testicles. How long will things take to get back to even the pre-TRT levels and is there anything I really can do? I'm also on a waiting list to change doctors but that will likely be another two years. Nevermind my fertility is also in question.
Any suggestion or further questions I'd welcome.
Thank you and sorry this is my first time here!