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Re: Androgel.. will it affect my natural testosterone?

Posted by bulldog2 on December 24, 2008, at 12:39:31

In reply to Androgel.. will it affect my natural testosterone?, posted by picklepete on December 22, 2008, at 20:54:45

> I have a natural Total Testosterone level of 540.
> My free testosterone is 16.
> I just turned 40.
> I went to a urologist because of non existent libido and depression. I told him that I bought some Androgel from France (web mail order) and that it totally cured (or relieved), both problems (Pituitary Tumor, Thyroid, Testicular Trama...etc were all ruled out over the course of previous months.)
> But my doctor was reluctant to put me on it because my levels were (and have been),"normal".
> But since everything else has been tried - and because i responded well to it - he agreed to give me an Rx of 2.5 g/day. (It brought me up to 850 TT!) This works well for me.
> But I am concerned about one thing...
> I have read online that once one starts hormone replacement therapy, their own endogenous production goes down...or even disappears!
> My question is this...does ANY dosage of artificial testosterone shut down ALL natural production? (And then one needs more androgel later on)? or is it possible that with the relatively small amount that I currenlty take will have little to no affect on my natural T production since I already had a "Medium" level to begin with?
> Thanks for any feedback.

Your numbers are not bad and the relationship between testosterone and libido are tenuous at best. Now if your T was around 200 that would be one thing but 540 is a decent number. Libido is very complicated.




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