Hey guys, hope you are OK?
I would appreciate some help on my problem.
Male, 31yrs, 6'3, 185 lbs, lean body type.
Never been on any TRT. Always had a very high sex drive, but the last year or so doesn't seem as good. The sex drive is still in my mind, and I lust after girls I see in public still, which is maybe just a habit. But erections aren't as common or as long lasting as they used to be. I almost never get random erections throughout the day as I used to. I've had multiple instances of ED when with new girls, a problem I never used to have. Rarely do I get morning wood.
I had my blood tested through LabCorp and basically found low test (440) and very low FSH (1.2). Set up an Endo appt with Cleveland Clinic, got blood tested again and after the results I was given the same BS you all know. "Everything is perfect. Your testosterone isn't low"
- Erection/sex problems
- Low energy
- Hard to gain muscle (always been the case)
Some random things I've had for years I'll mention:
- Bleeding gums (always from brushing, sometimes just from my tongue rubbing along gums)
- Sweat at armpits almost all day
- Dry skin
Diet is a Paleo/Primal style diet, with occasional grains and breads. I consume lots of fat and try to restrict carbs somewhat.
I have long suspected thyroid issues because I have cold extremities, thin hair (not bald though), sparse outer eyebrows, low energy, brain fog. Over the last few years I have experimented with liquid Iodine. (Lugols) Typically for only a month or so at a time, and fairly low doses. 2-6mg, with the most I've ever taken perhaps 15mg. I have taken it with and without Selenium. I usually stop taking it because I get paranoid it's badly effecting me. I've read quite a bit about Iodine over the years, but haven't been on it long enough of a time to get up to ~50mg a day.
The only effects I have noticed are:
+ immediately new hairs growing around my hairline/temples
+ reduced brain fog
- seem more emotional (Once I broke up with a GF while on Iodine, and took it REALLY hard)
- Vit D3 10,000iu
- Vit K2 (MK4) 5mg
- Magnesium 600mg
- Butter oil/cod liver gel
Basal temps: (measured oral at waking, mid afternoon when I remember)
A.M / P.M
97.0 / 96.8
96.8 / 98.0
97.3 / 97.7
96.8 / 97.3
Before I start another round of Iodine or get another blood test I wanted to see if I've missed anything? I have other blood numbers and results available, but I don't think it pertains to my problem. I'm aware some of the things KS says on the sticky I have not yet been tested for like T3 T4 etc.
My results: (always taken while fasted, at 8-9 AM)
I have been lifting weights for many years. Typically a starting strength or PPL type programs. I lift 5-6 days a week. Sleep 7-8 hours per night.
One thing I suck at is cardio health. I've heard that especially as men age, cardio is very important to blood circulation, which means your dick's health. At some point I'd like to experiment directly with this to see if erections are improved.