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Surprisingly Low Testosterone on My Latest Bloods

I’m very surprised by this blood result. EDITED - added Thyroid function & cholesterol.

  1. I’m now using 80mg per day of Testogel.

  2. I’m using a Dermaroller before applying the Testogel - said to increase absorption.

  3. I’ve had a very good libido the last few weeks - I’ve had sex 4 or 5 times a week.

  4. My dick has been working well, despite my antidepressants of venlafaxine & mirtazapine.

Conclusion??? I’ve stopped absorbing Testogel and/or the new formula - Which is a pump dispenser - doesn’t work for me.

I used to get free testosterone of double what I have now :open_mouth:

Thank goodness I’ve got an endocrinologist appointment in 3 weeks!! I’m looking to get injections from that appointment

Results:

Free testosterone: 0.258 nmol/L
Range: 0.30 - 1.00

SHBG: 46.5 nmol/L
Range: 16.0 - 55.0

Oestradiol (E2): 72.5 pmol/L
Range: 0.00 - 191.99

Total testosterone: 15.9 nmol/L
Range: 7.60 - 31.40

Prolactin: 192 miu/L
Range: 86.0 - 324.0

Thyroid

Free T3: 5.06 pmol/L
Range: 3.10 - 6.80 pmol/L

Free T4: 17.2 pmol/L
Range: 12.00 - 22.00 pmol/L

TSH: 1.09 miu/L
Range: 0.27 - 4.20 miu/L

Cholesterol

Triglycerides: 1.07 nmol/L
Range: 0.00 - 2.30

Total cholesterol: 4.69 nmol/L
Range: 0.00 - 4.99

HDL: 1.41 nmol/L
Range: 0.90 - 1.50

LDL: 2.79 nmol/L
Range: 0.00 - 3.00

HDL % Of total: 30.06%
Range: 20.00 - 100.00

Yeah I would switch to injections. You have higher than avg SHBG which is why your free T is low. You will probably need a slightly higher dose than most due to this.

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Thyroid labs look great.
Are oral body temperatures great as well?
Hard to know when you have so many threads.

I did suggest that that method might change your skin.

SHBG is tilting TT vs FT ratio a bit. But really hard to make conclusions because FT changes so much with your method. TT says that you are under medicated.

E2 is near target of E2=80 pmol/L. So we can expect that doubling TT with injected T will take your E2 higher than you want.

Did we discuss hCG to preserver testes and fertility earlier?

Thyroid labs look great.
Are oral body temperatures great as well?
Hard to know when you have so many threads.

I finished the Iodine Replenishment protocol you recommended about 5 weeks ago!

I’ve not retaken body temperatures - I will start doing so tomorrow.

I did suggest that that method might change your skin.

Yeah what you said about skin changes was the first thing that popped in my head when I saw these bloods.

E2 is near target of E2=80 pmol/L. So we can expect that doubling TT with injected T will take your E2 higher than you want.

Yeah E2 will be interesting when I move onto injections. I’m hoping to manage it by losing a few inches off my waist + diet. I’d like to avoid AIs if possible so I can keep drug use minimal.

Did we discuss HCG

No we didn’t. I actually want a vasectomy because my long term girlfriend & I definitely don’t want children. Testes are small, 50% of what they were… no aches however & the smaller size doesn’t bother me.

Is no HCG a problem long term?

I should really get a fertility test done.

:question:

Mr Meeseeks how long into IR did you start noticing improvements? I’m about a week into 50mg/day and so far there has been no change in body temps, still suffering fatigue and my mood is absolutely tanked.

Hehe at that picture \m/

Re the iodine, I didn’t start feeling good until 4 weeks after finishing the iodine. I thought my testosterone was really high from the Dermaroller because I felt very vibrant - I’ve felt great the last few weeks - but my testosterone was crappy!

I don’t know if that’s my thyroid function improving, I’m very sensitive to all sorts of stuff - environment, friends, work etc.

Get lots of bloods done, mate :slight_smile:

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Here are all 3 of my thyroid bloods this year - for clarity (I’ve made lots of threads)

Pre iodine, Post is 2 weeks after finishing Iodine, Today is 5 weeks after finishing Iodine.

TSH: Pre 5.6. Post 2.35. Today 1.09 mIU/L
Range 0.27 - 4.20

FREE T4: Pre 15.9. Post 16.2. Today 17.2 pmol/L
Range 12.00 - 22.00

FREE T3: Pre 4.66. Post 4.96. 5.06 pmol/L
Range 3.10 - 6.80