Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum and had a question regarding a trial of TRT. My total test and free test are very low and have been for a couple of years now. I'm pretty sure the reason for the issues is due to me taking propecia for about three years. Propecia was fine for the first 2 years and then the last year I started have all kinds of sexual side effects. I stopped and have not been the same since.
for the last year and a half i have had depression, anxiety, no sex drive and ive been to an endo and got a prescription for 100mg of test cyp weekly. I am only 35 years old and am really nervous to start taking something that i will have to take for the rest of my life. Right now I am extremely moody and taking an SSRI and Wellbutrin. That totally helps with the mental issues but just hinders the sex drive even further.
My question is, is there any harm to just taking the TRT for a month or so and see how I feel on it. If i stop taking it will I get back to where I am now or will I further harm my already low natural testosterone production. My psychiatrist is pushing me to take it as he thinks that all of my issues are related and I guess either I take anti depressants or test.
The other concern that i have is hair loss. Is it pretty assured that supplementing with test will further cause that?
Thanks for the responses so far. I read the stickies and here is the addl info.
-describe body and facial hair: ive never had very thick facial hair or alot of body hair. just chest and stomach hair. nothing on back. i did have a patch of hair that grew on my upper left arm and when i started the propecia it went away. since stopping propecia it didnt come back.
-describe where you carry fat and how changed mostly in my mid section. I was about 15% bodyfat as of january 2010 and i cut down to 10% training for a marathon last year then cut down from 13% to 10% again from april to june of this year. been on maintenance ever since.
-health conditions, symptoms: no health issues other than low libido, anxiety/depression. never had any illness or anything. I do have trouble getting a good night sleep. can't remember the last time i slept 8 hours straight through the night.
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs: right now taking 10mg Paxil and 300mg Wellbutrin XL daily and rogaine. Took Propecia and then generic finasteride for a period of about 3 years from july 2006 until the later part of 2009. i also take a multi and fish oil daily.
-describe diet: my diet is very healthy. when i was cutting i cut at between 2100 and 2200 calories a day. 220g protein/60g fat/195g carbs. right now i am maintaining on 2700-2800. 210g protein/80g fat/285g carbs. i realized that 60g fats was prob too little for me so i'm getting at least 80 now. somtimes i eat 90 and less carbs. i eat mostly whole foods, very little processed. lots of oats/sweet potatoes, veggies, lean beef, fish, chicken. most of my fats come from olive oil, nuts, almond/peanut butter, some beef/pork.
-describe training: right now lift weights 3x per week (Chest/Tris, legs/shoulders, back/bis split) and run 3x per week (3-4 miles 2 days and HIIT once)
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? never
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed: when on propecia i never had them. a couple of days after i stopped taking it i had ridiculous high school type morning erections. they have since subsided but i still wake up with a semi erection most days.
11/2/04 (just for a baseline, 2yrs before propecia)
Total 814ng/dL (241-827)
T4, 9.1 UG/DL (4.5-12.5)
TSH 1.9 uIU/mL (.4-5.5)
Total T 225 (350-890ng/DL)
FSH/LH 4.0 1.4-18.1 mIU/mL
LH 2.2 1.5-9.3 mIU/mL
TSH 1.105 .35-4.5 uIU/mlSLN
Test total 189.55 350-890ng/dL
Iron Bind Cap 273 250-450ug/dL
UIBC 219 150-375ug/dL
Iron, Serum 54 40-155 ug/dL
Iron saturation 20 15-55%
Test serum 197 280-800ng/dL
Prolactin 6.3 4.0-15.2ng/mL
SHBG serum 49.6 14.5-48.4nmol/L
Test Serum 355 249-836ng/mL (this is best it had been)
Test Free 8.58 5-21ng/mL
%Free test 2.42 105-4.2%
TSH 1.79 .45-4.5uIU/mL
Cholesterol Total 131 100-199mg/dL
Triglycerides 36 0-149
HDL 77 >39mg/dL
VLDL 7 5-40
LDL 47 0-99mg/dL
TSH 1.340 uIU/mL 0.450-4.500
Testosterone, Serum 189 ng/dL 249-836
Testosterone,Free 4.01 ng/dL 5.00-21.00
% Free Testosterone 2.12 % 1.50-4.20
I stopped cutting june 1st and have been eating at maintenance since. i have surgery next week so will be out of the gym for 2 weeks. think i will get it checked after some time off from the gym and see how it looks then.