Because of my low T (<360) I am going to start a self administered therapy soon. Tomorrow I have appointment with an urologist/andrologist. He will then take some blood and after that I will see if my T level is still low. My lifestyle is already optimised as good as possible.
My symptoms of fatigue and panic disorder for example are still there. Also low libido and ED.
But I think there will be a problem because of my Polycystic kidney disease. I’m 26 years old and don’t have any problems with my kidneys in the meantime. And I read a study where low T levels can shorten the time to an terminal kidney failure state. But there is also evidence that testosterone can harm the kidneys. So what would you say??
I want to start a self administered therapy because I live in Germany and chances are very low to find a doctor who will treat low T. So I would decide to do it on my own. Of course with regular bloodwork.
My latest lab results (from July.2019)
FT 3: 3.1 pg/ml (2.0-4.4)
FT 4: 13.4 ng/ml (9.3-17.0)
TSH: 1.63 microgram/dl ( 0.27-4.20)
Androstenedione: 1.45 ng/ml (0.50-3.50)
Dhea-sulfate: 614.70 microgram/dl (50.00-560.00) +
SHGB: 23.0 nmol/l (18.3-54.1)
FSH: 5.1 mlE/ml ( <6.0)
LH: 4.8 mlE/ml (1.7-8.6)
Test. Total 3.68 ng/ml (2.49-8.36)
Free androgen Index 55.52 (15.00-95.00)
Free T (calculated) 8.09 ng/dl
Bioavailable testosterone 224 ng/dl also calculated