Message from sta-kool: This discussion was split from another thread, so it may not be organized the way it ought to be.
For background on Hypogonadism/Low Testosterone, see this article at the Mayo Clinic
Now, ladies and gentlemen let me introduce to Renholder:
sta-kool (and others on HRT),
Was your miserable pre-HRT state static or did you experience relief from time to time?
I have been struggling with the same issues as you describe for a few years now, but for me the symptoms are cyclical such that I experience periods where I actually feel normal and have a decent sex drive and strong EQ. Although depressing and preventing a good life quality, libido is not the worst problem for me. Fatigue and having to force myself to perform the most mundane things and not feeling refreshed after 8-9 hours of sleep is the worst. I have been meaning to do some research on the issue and once again try to find a solution, but only today did I feel strong enough to actually go through with it.
If my testosterone was really low, I would not hesitate with starting TRT and conclude that was the problem, but my testosterone is only borderline low and I grow a beard, have a reasonably deep voice and am physically strong. Because of that, I am very afraid to start using TRT if low testosterone is not the real issue. Libido is a complex issue and I know guys who have started on TRT and relieved most of their symptoms, but libido remained low. I`m considering if there could be other hormones that are lacking in my body, such as thyroid, but according to my GP, everything is normal. The next step for me is probably to visit a qualified endocrinologist, although I plan on trying on trying one more round with DHEA, but this time also use Clomiphene if my doctor prescribes it.
I have also considered if some kind of food allergy could be a cause. Sorry if that is off-topic.
Last edited by sta-kool : 01-16-2012 at .