So I assume like the great majority of us, secondary? If so, then usually you can move that testosterone (total) significantly enough to make a difference. Now DHEA may raise your free testosterone a little and there is research that correcting hypothyroidism can raise your testosterone about 30%. Check this out:
But you probably won't feel good if your free T is up after all of that by 40% (assuming that even happens). But you may want to try it and see - it's possible. Considering your age, it might not be a bad idea? Discuss with Defy if you have any hesitations - it's an important decision.
Now one practical comment:
When you were low testosterone, what was your E2? Some guys can have such low testosterone that they are probably experiencing bone loss. In that case, there is not much choice except to treat. (It is also possible to be anemic when testosterone is low.)
Yes, I am secondary. DHEA was 191 (Dr. said it should be low 500s) & my free T3 has been consistently low w/ good FT4 & <2 TSH consistently. My E2 w/ low T was 23 & with clomid it went up to 26 (so not a big increase which is surprising). Clomid works for me, but its not 100% consistent & I can't tell if im having eye issues that I didn't have before. I wake up every morning with wood. I don't have any crazy brain fog or anything but my main symptoms were sexual & body composition wise(+ the pain but that might more thyroid related as well). Dr. Calkins basically said if I wanted to take the conservative route i could try it for a month or two.
I also have elevated liver enzymes & hear clomid is harsh on the liver.
From that thyroid study & page it looks like it brought T from like 300 to 400 or so.
Got it. Yeah, the DHEA could be an issue.
Hey, I accidently wrote that you can change your testosterone if you are secondary. I didn't mean that - the exact opposite in fact. Very few guys on here budge their testosterone no matter what they try. Now, if you are zinc deficient or have a lot of weight to lose, then that may be something different.