I’ve been suspecting that low T might be to blame for my issues (very hard time gaining mass / muscle / strength, aswell as some mild depression-like symptoms that come and go)
Got bloodwork done last week, with the following results:
Free testosterone: 17.4 pg/ml (range: 7 - 22.7)
Total Testosterone: 601 ng/dl
SHGB: 36 nmol/l (range: 11.6 - 86.9 nmol/l)
DHEA-S: 584 µg/dl (range: 211 - 492, average being 353) - my doctor told me that this high level is ‘probably fine’, while googling it before my very eyes…
Estradiol: 31 pg/ml (range: 7.63 - 42.6)
Progesterone: 0.3 ng/ml (range: 0.2 - 1.4)
Cortisol: 160 ng/ml (range: 31 - 194)
Total T seems alright, not perfect but not ‘I need TRT right now’ territory. However, free T has me confused. I’ve read multiple resources stating that the range for free T is somewhere around 50-180 pg/ml for my age (22), which would mean that 17.4 is extremely low. But the lab doesn’t use that range, instead they use a range in which my result seems ok. Do they use a different method of measuring free t than others, thus the different range?
Would greatly appreciate if someone was knowledgeable enough to tell me if this bloodwork is indicative of being a TRT candidate (wich is something I’d not pursue unless absolutely needed, seeing as my country isn’t very… cooperative regarding TRT), or why there’s so many different ranges for free T online.