First post here: Been trying to make the jump for a year to start TRT.
6’0 height, 160 lb weight, Total T crashed down to about 275 ng/dl after losing about 50 lbs a little over a year ago. The numbers improved but the symptoms got worse.
Doctor (anti-aging clinic) suggests I start TRT for symptom relief. I started to experience virtually every “Low T” symptom over the past few years. It was tolerable until the mental stuff recently hit, bad anxiety, depression, brain fog, etc. Very nervous to start this therapy as I don’t think I could handle feeling worse at the moment.
Last Year I had a total T @ about 280 ng/dl (range 280-1100)
This year I had other labs come back at total T between 400-660.Most recent was total t @581 ng/dl.
Free T has been between 6 and 10.46 ng/dl (range 1.9-27)
SHBG has been between 43 and 67 nmol/l (range 14.55-94.6)
LH is 3.4 mIU/ml (range 1.5-9.3)
E2 is 22.5 (range < 40) non sensitive i believe
I’ve never used steroids, or been any type of hormones.
Absolutely no endurance, zero libido, and the opposite of a “sense of well being” that you often hear TRT patients say they get.
Not looking to increase gym gains or anything like that as I don’t even have to stamina to complete a workout.
I was told that it’s less about levels and more about symptom relief- and also that I had a higher shbg which could attribute to symptoms.
Doctor says he’d like to see me double my free and total t numbers, but specifically he said he wants free t about 20 ng/dl at least.
I know I’m not extremely low, and most people would call this in the normal range. Has anyone had these types of levels and had success with TRT?
Any advice, opinions and expertise welcome
Also wondering if I can just start with T and add HcG Later if needed. Doctor wants to start me on both, but I’m pretty freaked out about the HcG because theres so many differing experiences and opinions on it. Not trying to ever have any more kids- but I understand it can help with mood and libido?