I am 28 years old. Male. My blood test results came back as follows:
DHT 468 pg/ml
Testosterone 523 ng/dl
A month later, I got these tests done:
Testosterone 683 ng/dl
Estradiol 33 pg/ml
My issue is less facial hair. I have a good mustache and good hair growth on my chin and a thin line along my jawline. But I dont have hair on my cheeks. To try to get more facial hair, the doctor I consulted suggested I go for testosterone injections for a few months or to go for a DHT cream. I am inclined to go for Testosterone injections. What do you think?
Are my tests results alright? Is my estradiol a little high? I am afraid I have started developing small breasts. Also, mood Swings and fatigue are a commonplace. Can the high-ish estradiol be the reason for my bear not growing?
I believe the facial hair is mostly a function of DHT. But I have a question: why do you want more facial hair if you don't mind me asking?
Now here is my experience: when I went on HRT and boosted my testosterone levels significantly I grew a) some hair on my face but nothing new, b) quite a bit of new hair on my stomach, c) grew some weird new hairs on my shoulder and arms. Furthermore, HRT seemed to acclerate my male pattern baldness a bit. That's hard to prove.
So here is what I am getting at. If you go on HRT, being a young guy, you will do the following:
1. (Probably) make yourself infertile.
2. You may get a little shrinkage of the testes
3. You may not get that much facial hair growth but a lot of hair growth on other parts of your body
4. A small percentage feel like me that it accelerates hair loss on the head
5. You will spend money and time.
Now I just don't see that as worth it myself. You have to discuss it with your doc of course and weigh the pros/cons.
And let me ask you a few important questions:
1. Have you been checked for varicocele?
2. Are you overweight?
3. Have you had your Vitamin D tested?
Correcting all of the above (if there is an issue) can give you some significant testosterone gains and pull you up into much better territory.
One other thing:
You may want to get your free testosterone/SHBG pulled. Since you're kind of borderline for a young guy, if your free T is low, then you may have more problems. Let me know if that makes sense or not.
Your last reading is on the low side for your age, but you can't go by one reading. Testosterone fluctuates with things like stress and sleep. You did have it pulled first thing in the morning right?
Here are some "normal" numbers by age:http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Testosterone_Levels_Male