I would like to get some feedback from the group about my situation. I will provide the basic information at my diagnosis with Low T ten years ago and where I am today.
I was tested for T my my primary care dr ten years ago with low LH. After seeing many doctors who prescribed different treatments that only raised my T to 350, I saw a Dr who placed me on Testim which rose my levels into the 600’s which I was satisfied. I was also taking Luvox and klonipin for anxiety and I was overweight with a large belly.
Fast forward to 2013, my insurance company informed me that I would need to stop Testim treatments. The choices for gels were Androderm, Axiron, and Fortesta. My doctor did not like any of these choices. In looking at my medical records, my doctor thought I would be a good candidate for using Clomid for a year while tapering off to the point where my own body would revert to making T without any help.
The two factors were I lost 72 lbs over 10 years due to exercise and diet changes and I was in a happier marriage. The Dr did say that my system may take some time to reboot since my system has not produced T on its own for ten years.
After a week on Clomid, I feel like crap and I am unable to maintain an erection. I was wondering if the forum can provide some feedback. The questions include:
How long should I give Clomid to raise my T levels before declaring the experiment a failure?
My doctor wants me to wait three months before getting a blood test with my levels on Clomid. Does this sounds reasonable? I am setting up my own tests through Private MD as we speak?
What are the chances that long term SSRI use has damaged my ability to produce LH without any simulation? I have heard that SSRI’s can damage the hypothalamus. I am afraid my system will not respond on its own once Clomid is stopped?
Other suggestions for increasing my T levels.
I appreciate your feedback.