I am 47 and have had thyroid issues for many years. I have been fairly balanced for the last 4 years, but i still get low moments of energy in the week. It is ALWAYS much worse as the autumn comes along and i am feeling a little more unbalanced at the moment.
I have always wondered if low testosterone could be an issue because i had an undescended testicle. Aged 9 i had the operation. So i am sure i only have one healthy working testicle. My sperm production is damaged as i have very high FSH and sperm production has been a problem as i am making about 15-20m sperm per ML. The norm is 60m. We have had a baby girl five years ago via IVF treatment, so all is good here.
I just wondered if anyone on here can help me understand the relationship of thyroid with testosterone. I understand how thyroid and cortisol/DHEA work together, but does testosterone impact as much on the thyroid as say low cortisol ?
I last had some testosterone tests done in january of this year and it showed my SHBG has gone up quite a lot and based on the results i am low in overall testosterone (even though my testosterone level is mid point). Here are the results:
D.H.E.A. SULPHATE 6.790 umol/L 0.44 - 13.40
FOLLICLE STIM. HORMONE 12.3 IU/L 1.50 - 12.40
LUTEINISING HORMONE 6.41 IU/L 1.70 - 8.60
TESTOSTERONE 15.6 nmol/L 7.60 - 31.40
SEX HORMONE BINDING GLOB 47.5 nmol/L 16.00 - 55.00
FREE ANDROGEN INDEX 32.84 Ratio 24.00 - 104.00
These bloods were done feb 2017 on a general body screen.
Oestradiol 83 (28-156 pmol/l)
Testosterone 15 (8-31 pmol/l)
Albumin 46 (35-50)
My thyroid labs are TSH 1 and FT4 22 (10-22). I take 125 T4.
I don’t have any erection issues and my sex drive is ok. It fairly strong, but i do notice it is less compared to the teenage years (sure this is the same for most people with the law of diminishing returns etc).
I am 5ft 9 and weight 175. I am not carrying much fat and have a flattish stomach. So i am in shape, but i don’t work out. I do building work for a job and play football and squash.
I am due to see a testosterone doctor in a weeks time to get some new blood tests and discuss my situation.