Time for an update. I got tested again on Saturday to see where things are at, 5-6 weeks without taking anything besides DHEA. There’s a drop in levels overall, but free T is pretty good and DHEA has continued to rise due to supplementation.
Total T: 14 nmol/l [pre-clomid was 7, highest while on clomid 35]
E: 117 pmol
SHBG: 21.6 nmol
Free T: 356 pmol [pre-clomid was 167, highest when on clomid was 1120]
FSH: 2.3 U/L
LH: 3. U/L
DHEA: 9.88 umol/L
Cortisol: 258 nmol/l
Disappointing that LH and FSH have come down, but the weird thing is that I’ve been feeling good overall. This may be due to the decent Free T levels.
Physically - I feel strong and have a lot of energy. Very lean at the moment.
Gyno - completely gone.
Mentally - Even though I’ve had some “breaking bad-level” life issues and have been under huge stress for the past few weeks, I’m far more emotionally stable then when on the meds. I’m happy with cognitive function and memory recall.
There is some low-level anxiety running in the background, but like I say, hasn’t been a good period for me personally or professionally.
Can still get erections and overall I’d classify it as “not bad”, but not back to former glory. My biggest concern is still genital shrinkage frankly. Again, it’s not bad at the moment, but the fluctuation in flaccid size and the approx. 20-25% decrease in erection length and girth are a big concern for me. I was well hung before so have come down to an average size, but its still affecting confidence and generating anxiety. That said, if I have warm bath and get him going, I can get him to more or less former glory days. So I’m not fully sure what’s going on there. Any thoughts? This is the biggest concern at the moment.
So yup, it’s disappointing that levels have dropped overall, but I do still feel very good (?). Before the prophets of doom descend, I have to say that I’m grateful I have a treatment that enables me to generate my own testosterone. If my only option was TRT I would be pretty devastated.
I’ll be chatting to my Endo to see what the next step is and what he makes of all this, chat soon