Long story short, I’ve have no libido since early college. I’m 40 now. I’ve had to rely on pde5’s for most of that time. The attraction to females is there, but not the drive to go get it, etc. Many can relate. Never the desire to masturbate. Infrequent morning/night woods. No sensitivity in penis. NEVER been able to go more than once per day (sex). I’ve been thru a divorce, which I think I could’ve been better sexually. Now I have an amazing girlfriend and I’ve GOTTA find my sex drive.
I started going to my Dr. and finally convinced him for testosterone checks. All were low and out of range. One was even at 145 (range 250-850). I’ve always been a bodybuilder and never used anabolics, except the old over the counter Andros.
Other tests were run, like thyroid, ft, test, shbg etc to rule out anything else and I was diagnosed secondary hypogonadism due to low LH and FSH readings, along with the low test. Something I believe runs in my family. Dr. never bothered to check estrogen, let alone estradiol.
About 3 years back, Dr. agreed on axiron. Results were ok, levels up to the 600s or so, but libido never really appeared. We’d check cortisol and other items, mostly all in range. One thing was a certain lack of prolactin. Last checked, it was 3.6 (range 4-15.2ng/ml).
I went off axiron for awhile, maybe a year. Then I decided to give it another go, this time injections. Dr. started me on 300mg test cyp every other week. He wasn’t ok with self injections weekly, etc., nor can I afford HIM to do it weekly as it’s expensive. Test level certainly rose up and was tested at 880, but still libido is nowhere. I finally convinced him to test estradiol, and it is 49pg/ml (anything >29 is high, sensitive lab).
Of course, along with the lack of libido, I have flimsy wood. Also, irritable and moody. Snappy if you will. Maybe a little retaining of water too. All signs of high estrogen. Nipples are always pretty ok though.
Over the years, I’ve tried adjusting neurotransmitters with prescriptions… wellbutrin, selegiline, and even cabergoline in an attempt to feel SOME sort of sex drive. Nothing happened, except one glorious day on wellbutrin about 10 days in I had a sex drive. Lasted a few hours.
So now, I’m waiting back tests for DHT, DHEA, PREGNENOLONE so see if I should potentially back fill. I’m not using HCG as I’m not looking to have children.
My dr. is limited in his knowledge of trt and there aren’t any specialists around.
I asked him to prescribe arimidex but was denied. So I ordered some off a reputable source online and would like to try it to see if I can find ANY libido.
My question is whether the dosing amounts are the same for biweekly (every two weeks) injections as they are for daily, or even more frequent injections? I was thinking of starting at .25 e3d and adjust from there, hoping not to sink it too low. Anything to feel some sort of libido as I’m really frustrated.
If the arimidex doesn’t induce any libido, I may lower test dosage, which would in turn lower estradiol.
Another question, is if in fact it IS high estradiol that is giving me issues and is the result of the injections, where has my libido been since college days? I’ve only been on trt for a few years on and off, most recently just under a year. Unless high estrogen has always been my problem (even prior to trt) and has lowered test (faulty feedback loop I hear of), causing my diagnosis in the first place.
Anyway, I hope my posting is clear. I’ve been an avid bodybuilder since I was about 20. Diet is great as well. I’m 6’, 190, at about 9%bf.
Please help. Thank you.