Hello T Nation,
I am a 30 year old male on androgel 1% 5g packet. i started this after feeling very tired, weak erections, no libido and a lot of self doubt (pretty high anxiety). My doctor did a test and realized my test levels were very low (140). I started Androgel in February 2019 and felt great for the first 2.5 months.
At the 3 month mark I felt like i had hit a wall, i felt really tired again, weak erections, no libido and depression felt like it was coming back. I did some blood work at the 3 month mark and my testosterone came back at 12.2 nmol/l and my free testosterone came back at 172 pmol/l.
My family doctor admitted that he is not an expert in this field and suggested I go see a male clinic or up my dose. I took his suggestion and went to the male clinic (charged a pretty penny).
The doctor there ordered some blood work; results are listed below;
results: Normal range:
|WBC||6.0| 4.0 - 11.0|x E9/L|
|RBC||4.59| 4.50 - 6.00|x E12/L|
|Hemoglobin||146| 135 - 175|g/L|
|Hematocrit||0.408| 0.400 - 0.500|L/L|
|MCV||89| 80 - 100|fL|
|MCH||31.8| 27.5 - 33.0|pg|
|MCHC||358| 305 - 360|g/L|
|RDW||12.8| 11.5 - 14.5|%|
|Platelet Count||186| 150 - 400|x E9/L|
|Neutrophils||3.3| 2.0 - 7.5|x E9/L|
|Lymphocytes||2.1| 1.0 - 3.5|x E9/L|
|Monocytes||0.5| 0.2 - 1.0|x E9/L|
|Eosinophils||0.1| 0.0 - 0.5|x E9/L|
|Basophils||0.0| 0.0 - 0.2|x E9/L|
|Biochemical Investigation of Anemias|
|Specific Gravity||1.027|1.001 - 1.030||
|pH||5.0|5.0 - 8.0||
|Hemoglobin A1C/Total Hemoglobin||5.1|<6.0|%|
|Bilirubin Total||5| <20|umol/L|
|Alkaline Phosphatase||74| 40-129|U/L|
|Alanine Aminotransferase||20| <50|U/L|
|Non HDL Cholesterol||5.37||mmol/L|
|Thyroid Stimulating Hormone [TSH]||2.44| 0.32-4.00|mIU/L|
|Follicle Stimulating Hormone [FSH]||1.4| 1.0-8.0|IU/L|
|Luteinizing Hormone [LH]||1.9 |1.0-7.0|IU/L|
|Prostate Specific Antigen||0.55| <4.0|ug/L|
|Dehydroepiandrosterone [DHEA-S]||6.2| < 15.0|umol/L|
|Testosterone||19.2| 8.4 - 28.8|nmol/L|
|Testosterone Free||372| 196-636|pmol/L|
So after reading some forums on here and looking over my blood work, i noticed my bad Cholesteroll is high and my Prolactin is very high. I scheduled a follow up meeting with the male clinic and spoke to the doctor. he stated he was not concerned about my Prolactin levels because although they were higher than the normal range it was not high enough for him to be worried about it (I didn’t really understand why).After some change of words (professional) he agreed to send me for another test for my prolactin levels as well as my FSH and LH. Those results came in today:
|Follicle Stimulating Hormone [FSH]|LO|0.7|1.0-8.0|IU/L|
|Luteinizing Hormone [LH]|LO|0.3|1.0-7.0|IU/L|
These results are 6 days after (the results i posted above). so as you can see, my prolactin levels are going higher. I don’t understand what happened to my FSH and LH in 1 week and why they dropped so hard? I did some intermediate fasting (16hrs) the night before and broke my fast 30 mins before blood word on some fruit. Not sure if that would have any effect.
Also, I just wanted to add that this male clinic was more interested in selling me dick pills than anything else. when the doctor asked how many times i had sex in the last week i told him 3 times, he started stating that there is a likelihood that there is nothing wrong with me and that it is in my head.
Could the Prolactin be the reason why I am feeling this way? I am feeling better than the 3rd month mark but i have noticed rapid weight gain. May 1 2019 weighed in around 165, currently sitting around 173 and it seems like it is all around the belly (bloated feeling).
Thank you in advance for any knowledge that can be shared!