First post here so thanks for any help in advance. First off just a bit of background. I am a 31 year old male. I have been in and out of the gym for the past 10 years or so, nothing serious, more like hobby. If I am honest with myself the last 5 years or so I have not looked after myself the best, partying, binge drinking on weekends, poor diet etc. As a result of this, I had jumped up in weight to just over 15 stone (I am 5ft9).
Knowing something had to be done, around Sept last year I l learned about the OMAD diet, so decided to eat one meal a day on most days (around 1200 cals) and with this started a pretty vigorous weights and cardio training schedule, where I would do weights and cardio around 5 times a week. Now I know this was not the best way to do this and would lead to me ‘burning out’ however at the time I was dropping weight drastically so just continued. I am not sure if this is relevant, however it is just before my symptoms started so thought I would tell you so you have the whole picture.
Around Feb/March time this year, I met a great girl and was happy as larry could be. I was still following the OMD diet and training like hell, and by this point was just a touch over 13 stone. It was at this time I started experience erections issues. Erections nowhere near as strong as they should be, and next to no ‘morning wood’ (this was previously normal last year etc). I didn’t think too much of this, I thought this may partly be down to performance anxiety with my new partner and just a blip, so I started taking PED5 inhibitors, and the erections with my partner were normal again, and I thought after a few months or so this would return to normal (I was still doing the diet and training regime).
Around June time the problem has not resolved itself, and at this time I started to panic, got extremely depressed about the situation and thought, why do I had to take these drugs to get an erection. The stress was unbelievable and for weeks on end I got no sleep. It was at this time I went to see my GP, who referred me for blood tests as he wanted to check my testosterone levels. I am not sure which test results are relevant, but the following were my levels for some of the tests…
Prolactin - 151 mu/L
Free T4 - 22.0 pmol/L
TSH - 1.24 mu/L
Testosterone - 6.6 nmo/L
The doctor confirmed my test was low, and wanted to conduct a more thorough test. In 2 weeks time, I have a test scheduled for Total and Free test, LH, FSH, Vit D and SHBG. I know test levels fluctuate, but knowing that reading was so low I researched what I could do about it naturally. Everywhere I have read has stated it will take time, and I realize with hormones it is not a case of just flicking a switch. I will of course post on here my results for those interested, but I just wanted to run you through what I have been doing, to see your thoughts and if there is anything else I can be doing. So here is my action plan…
I have started a weight training programme 3 times a week focusing of whole body big compound movements., cardio is now only 2 times a week and moderate instead of long drawn out sessions.
I have cut out alcohol, very rarely having a drink or two
I am starting to try and manage my stress, focusing on a bit of meditation.
I now have a clean diet, making sure to have plenty of good carbs along with healthy fats (nuts, olive oil, avocados, eggs etc)
Making sure I get 8 hours or so sleep every night.
Supplanting with Vitamin D, Ashwaganda, Zinc, Magnesium and Boron.
Just incase anyone was wondering I have never used any kind of androgynous hormones.
Thank you for those that have stayed with me throughout this essay! Any help or advice really is very much appreciated!