I'm 28 now. Grew up (late puberty) as a 6'3 145 moody lanky dude till 2012. Was 180ish last year when I first read these forums. Up to 195 before starting self doses of TRT 6 weeks ago. 205 now, and still not a touch of bodyfat. Kept my hair in the process. Nearly no body hair really. I guess I should be happy with that?
Well I have always felt depressed, morning wood has never been a thing for me, joints and skin becoming dry... Apathy, poor libido since forever, all my friends being like "hey I've masturbated 4 times today" when that would be my number of fap in a couple of months or more. So all of that describes me and when I learnt about low e2 it was quite enlightening to say the least. For a while I measured test only and it was high so why bother?
Actually I had more complete natty bloods in January & May this year :
- total test 800+ ng/dl
- Free test between 2-8 pg/ml
- Estradiol 10 pg/ml or less
- Shbg averaging a huge 100 nmol/l
- Normal thyroid values/ratios, normal cbc cmp lipids albumin...
So clearly the culprit is shbg? If that makes sense to isolate it? Can we talk about hypogonadism here?
I'm also expecting my first TRT bloods next week. Full bloods ($$$...) this time with DHEA, DHT, IGF1 and all the aforementioned values. I've started at 140mg/week = 100mg e5d of test E. Huge strength increase when I stacked that dose with a mere 20mg Dbol. Total went from 1000 to 1125 in those few weeks. I can say I respond quite well to hormones...
Back to shbg - I think I've been trying every diet/macros/cycling out there in 4 years. Even if I wasn't aware of any interaction between lifestyle/diet and hormones I can analyze now: whatever physical changes I'd experience the mental and sexual aspect wouldn't be affected. Or if any changes, they wouldn't last long.
I believe that lessening shbg means either more metabolism of the free T, or a negative feedback which means less T in the system so same low free T. So quickly back to step 0. Correct me if I'm wrong there? I remember reading about Bill Roberts saying caring about shbg is useless.
A very simple Q to sum it all up - is exogenous test the only option here? I mean am I losing my time if I'm still trying to modify shbg since the HPTA shall sense any variation and adapt?
Thanks for the help/insights here.