First, I’d like to thank you for the incredible help you provide on this forum. It’s an amazing service you provide. I’m hoping you would be kind enough to lend your expertise to my own situation.
I am a 26-year-old male, 6-foot-2, and 175 pounds, with 12% BF. I eat a very healthy diet and exercise regularly. Below are my current bloodwork numbers:
Total T: 1008 (ref 264-916)
Free T: 7.8 (ref 9.3-26.5)
SHBG: 186 (ref 16.5-55.9)
Albumin: 4.9 (ref 3.6-7.0)
I had the same test conducted about 18 months ago and received very similar results. As you see, I have very high serum T and very low free T. My guess is that this is being caused by my astronomical SHBG, which is keeping much of the total T from becoming accessible.
I have several symptoms of low T:
1. Very low libido, to the point of having practically zero desire to have sex — obviously pretty strange for an otherwise healthy guy my age.
2. I’ve been weight training 5-6 times a week for 8 years, without missing a week, and have had an extremely difficult time putting on muscle mass.
I would love to boost my free T to address these issues. I am very happy in the other areas of my life — great job, low stress, amazing wife — so I don’t believe high cortisol is the problem.
When I saw a doctor, we discussed Viagra and anti-depressants. He had very little knowledge of testosterone, though. He elected to put me on Wellbutrin. This drug has not remedied my noticeable symptoms of low free T.
I would sincerely appreciate any advice you’d be willing to lend on where to go from here! Thanks very much for reading