Hi all, new to the forum. First I’ll give a little backstory about myself.
I’m a 22 year old male. I had been on SSRI’s since I was 17 years old until last April (21 years old). I took them for OCD related symptoms. I’ve noticed that ever since I was 20 years old my libido started to diminish (around the same time I broke up with my ex). It has gotten worse though since I discontinued my use of SSRI’s last year, and all the way until now. Last August I finally went to the doctor to see if something was wrong with my hormones. I should note that I was overweight at the time (around 225 at 6 feet and I had high body fat). The test results came back and they were as follows:
Testosterone: 16.8 nmol/L (7.6-31.4)
Free Testosterone: 339 pmol/L (196-636)
LH: 5.3 IU/L (1.24–7.8)
FSH: 1 IU/L (1-16)
Prolactin: 11 ng/ml (2-18)
I told the doctor that my Testosterone was actually quite low for a 22 year old, but he said it was normal. He said I should lose the excess weight I had before coming to a conclusion, and then retest in 6-8 months. I told him that was fine.
Fast forward 6-7 months and I lost about 50 pounds from eating a reduced amount of carbohydrates, although now I’m starting to pick up the carbs again. I retested my blood levels in February because I honestly haven’t had any improved symptoms. I still have low libido, even when going out with women who want to have sex with me, I show so much apathy and don’t even care. It’s very concerning and frustrating. The doc ordered me another blood test, but he didn’t include some of the bloods from the first test, he also added some new ones. Here were the results:
Testosterone: 25.8 nmol/L (7.6-31.4)
Free Testosterone: 252 pmol/L (196-636)
Bioavailable Testosterone: 4.6 nmol/L (1.7-13.6)
FSH: 2 IU/L (1-16)
TSH: 3.74 mIU/L (0.35-5)
Free T4: 22 pmol/L (12-22)
Free T3: 5.7 pmol/L (3.4-5.9)
After I received these results, I haven’t gone back to the Doctor yet, because I have been so busy with life, but also because, I don’t feel like he knows what to tell me. I really have no clue what to do, my libido has been poor for over a year now, and increasingly since stopping my SSRI’s, but I don’t know if it’s because of my hormones, or because of the SSRI. It seems like my Free T is low in the second test, but my thyroid levels also seem out of whack. What should I do guys, do you think Testosterone could help me, or am I stuck with this?