I went for my yearly check up last week and since my doctor wanted to see my cholesterol levels I asked him to add Test and Estradiol to it. I’m 26, I’m not depressed, I work out 6 days a week, I spent 6 years in the US Army Infantry (NG), I don’t have ED, and I have sex a couple times a week. Essentially, I thought I’d be fine, but I wanted to establish a baseline for future years.
As I thought everything would be fine I didn’t ask for the full workup as outlined in the stickies. I fasted 12 hours prior (14 actually) for the cholesterol and had my blood draw at 10am. I received my results back yesterday and they say:
Testosterone Total= 313.8 (249-836) ng/dl
Estradiol= 35.2 (13.5-59.5) pg/ml
The tests had a note that said if blood draw was not in early morning hours that cicadian rythms could result in lower test levels. I get up at 5:30 every morning, but I don’t see how a couple hours could lower it that drastically. My first thoughts are that I need to get a second round of tests including everything outlined in the stickes so that I can confirm the first results as well as get a clearer picture of what is going on.
I am not looking to go on TRT right away because I haven’t had children yet and we want at least one. Honestly, I’m just really confused. I don’t have any of the physiological symptoms for low testosterone. I will say that I’ve found that I tend to put on fat in a higher ratio than muscle when I’m trying to gain size (as I’m doing right now). I just thought it was less than average genetics and my cross to bear…now I’m wondering if it’s not something more.
Anyone have any advice? Even though I don’t have FT and TT and SGHB (sp?) should I be concerned? Should I look into something like RezV/Alpha Male, maybe added Adex to lower E2?
As a sidenote, I’ll probably have to change docs if I want to try to fix this chemically down the road. My family doctor has been friends with my family for years, but he’s older and pretty set in his ways. When I asked for the test and E2 to be added he went on a rant about how Low-T commercials were bs and it was a natural part of aging, long term effects unknown, etc. Haha, I work at a Center for Health Research and am very proactive in my healthcare, so naturally after reading my results I’m freaking out.
Sorry for the lengthy post, I appreciate any help/advice you can offer.
Edited to Add:
-describe body and facial hair
My hairline is slowly receding, can grow goatee, but no beard
-describe where you carry fat and how changed
I carry fat in the abdominal and lower back (love handle) region. I have veins in shoulders and biceps, legs still lean, but any fat gain goes to my abs.
-health conditions, symptoms [history]
None really. I have some lower back issues due to Afghanistan and shoulder impingement but I’ve fixed those through rehab and myofascial release techniques
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever
I’ve tried myoxidal (sp?) on my hairline for about 6 weeks, discontinues 10 weeks ago.
-lab results with ranges
Included in post above
-describe diet [some create substantial damage with starvation diets]
Currently trying to gain size, shooting for 2-3/lbs. a month.
2 scoops GROW with 2 hershey dark chocolate bars (600 cals)
1 Scoop Grow (120 cals)
Lunch (I snack on this at work from 10-2)
50 slices pepperoni (10 cals a slice, 500 cals)
5 cheese sticks (400 cals)
2 Peanut butter with sugar free, low cal jelly on whole grain wrap (600 cals)
7 rice cakes (350 cals)
Usually steak or chicken (10-16oz depending on where I’m at calorie wise)(300-600 cals)
Sweet potato (200 cals)
Veggie (corn, broccoli, string beans, or spinach)
Glass of red wine (merlot or shiraz) approx. 3x a week (150 cals)
1 scoop GROW (120 cals)
1 bag fat free 100 cal popcorn
-describe training [some ruin there hormones by over training]
I do 3 on, 1 off, hitting every bodypart twice weekly. Chest/Back, Legs/calves/abs, Shoulders/Bis/Tris. About 45min-1hr sessions.
-testes ache, ever, with a fever?
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed
I don’t have morning wood, haven’t had it in years. (is this normal?) I occassionally have a nocturnal erection if I have a good dream. Maybe once a month.