At your age, low-T is a symptom and not the disease. You need diagnostics and most docs will skip this.
LH/FSH - MUST BE DONE PRIOR TO ANY TRT, CANNOT BE DONE AFTER.
These can be skipped if body temps, see below, are good
fT3 -please not T3, T4
Finding a doc who really knows how to do and manage these things who takes insurance is almost impossible. See the finding a TRT doc sticky. When a regular doc gets good at this and starts to treat a lot of guys, the insurance companies are not interested in the costs and can cause a lot of problems, reporting the doc to State medical boards for over-medication and unnecessary medical services and charges. I have seen that happen and the doc dropped insurance companies and suddenly the medical board did not care about those evils at all. So there are insurance company execs sitting on State medical boards ... now it makes sense. Doctors live in fear, had a thread for that years ago.
TRT can improve your quality of life and that might have a large cost component.
Please read the stickies found here: https://forums.t-nation.com/t/about-the-t-replacement-category/38/2?u=ksman
- advice for new guys - need more info about you
- things that damage your hormones
- protocol for injections
- finding a TRT doc
Evaluate your overall thyroid function by checking oral body temperatures as per the thyroid basics sticky. Thyroid hormone fT3 is what gets the job done and it regulates mitochondrial activity, the source of ATP which is the universal currency of cellular energy. This is part of the body's temperature control loop. This can get messed up if you are iodine deficient. In many countries, you need to be using iodized salt. Other countries add iodine to dairy or bread.