Hi all, this is my first post so please excuse my lack of critical points. I feel I’ve been suffering from low T since the start of puberty, I was considered a ‘late bloomer’ and this has carried on into my 20’s. I have a strong lack of body and facial hair despite no family history, with virtually no facial hair or armpit hair. My libido is very low lately, I can’t seem to maintain an erection, and I have little to no interest in sex. I feel that I’m physically drained all the time despite proper sleep and moderate intensity exercise 3 days a week. I also have a relatively low muscle mass being the skinny guy at 140 lbs and 5’11, and also testicles/penis are a little underdeveloped — I feel that I never fully completed puberty despite being 23 1/2 years old, and it’s really taking a toll on my self esteem and sex life, and is starting to cause me to be depressed.
I was tested for low T when I was 20 years old but was in the ‘low normal range’ at 320 ng/dl, so I was disregarded by the endocrinologist. I figured I could raise my T naturally by reducing stress, taking supplements, eating enough calories, and working out… I am currently taking 3000 iu of vitamin D daily, 2 teaspoons of cod liver oil daily with vitamin k, a zinc supplement including iodine, greens powder, and magnesium supplement before bed. I am also eating about 2600 calories per day, including iodized salt.
With all this aside and really no desire to bring up testosterone levels again (because I was under the impression I was ‘normal’) I brought up the ED and lack of energy to my doctor and he suggested I get my testosterone and estrogen levels checked out. Sure enough… my FT and TT were below normal range, on two seperate tests. These were the results.
Levels on 8/25
Total testosterone: 231 ng/Dl (ref range 250 - 827)
Free testosterone: 45.6 pg/ml (ref range 46 - 224)
Total estrogen: 76.1 pg/ml (ref range 60 - 190)
And more thorough testing on 9/9
Total testosterone: 240 ng/dl (ref range 250 - 827)
Free testosterone: 36.7 pg/ml (ref range 46 - 224)
FSH: 4.2 mIu/ml (ref range 1.6 - 8.0)
LH: 3.5 mIu/ml (ref range 1.5 - 9.3)
Prolactin: 6.6 ng/ml (ref range 2.0 - 18.0)
TSH: 1.34 mIu/ml (ref range 0.4 - 4.5)
As you can see my total and free testosterone levels are below normal especially for someone my age, however, my other hormones seem to be within normal range. I feel like the ‘late bloomer’ excuse no longer applies to me as I’m 23 1/2 years old but still look like a 17 year old, and it’s really been getting to me lately. So with all that – can anyone suggest what I should do further regarding what to do next? I’m in real need of advice. I have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow.