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    I'm seen a lot of recommendations to get your T checked. But no one says how to go about it. I'm a healthy non hypochondriac who goes to the doctor when he needs one. I don't really have a doctor to go ask. I have a dentist, a chiropractor, and a ENT; I don't really think any of them would have any expertise in this area. I see a lot of doctors specializing in testosterone theory with a lot of flashy advertising. That makes me thing they are the hammer to whom everything looks like a nail. My other option is to go see the gate keeper in my plan, but they are going to want to follow a whole bunch of other high billing paths before they ever get around to my subject.

    How does a person start to get this testosterone checked?

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    Go to a Low-T clinic. They will check it there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oso Rojo View Post
    I'm seen a lot of recommendations to get your T checked. But no one says how to go about it. I'm a healthy non hypochondriac who goes to the doctor when he needs one. I don't really have a doctor to go ask. I have a dentist, a chiropractor, and a ENT; I don't really think any of them would have any expertise in this area. I see a lot of doctors specializing in testosterone theory with a lot of flashy advertising. That makes me thing they are the hammer to whom everything looks like a nail. My other option is to go see the gate keeper in my plan, but they are going to want to follow a whole bunch of other high billing paths before they ever get around to my subject.

    How does a person start to get this testosterone checked?
    I requested labs from my PCP first, as it was covered by insurance. My doc wouldn't prescribe T, despite is being below 300, which currently qualifies as a medical condition... but then he recommended that I go to a T clinic, which i suppose is the equivalent of consulting a specialist.

    The T clinic i visited "ageless men's health" will treat anyone who tests below 450 (might need to double check that, but its somewhere in the 400s). they didn't need an initial lab since i came in with paperwork from my PCP's office, but i believe they charge $75 for a consultation, which includes a basic lab panel to check your sex hormones. they started me off on a dose of 120mgs once per week of T and another shot with HCG, which I'm not sure of the dosage (this is supposed to prevent further atrophy of the testicles, but I don't know how well it works or if its necessary with such a low dose of T).

    I've been doing TRT for over a year and my levels are in the low 600s now whenever the clinic does a check-up lab, which they do every few months or when requested. i receive 140 mgs per week and I haven't felt the necessity to change that since i feel good, my labs look great, my bp is 120/80 and my lifts are still going up. I weighed 217 when i started and now I'm around 235.

    If you don't have insurance then just go find a T clinic. I pay $260/mo out of pocket for the T and HCG injections. labs are paid for by the clinic.

    If anyone reading this has any further advice for me and the OP I'm all ears!

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    If you live in an American state (i.e. not one of those that restrict your freedoms) you can order the tests online for your damn self, go to a blood draw place and get it done. The prices are listed online. Its a really good way to start taking control of your own health care decisions: educate yourself; choose your test; take the test; interpret your results; take action accordingly. All of this is possible for a speaker of english w a HS degree. The interwebs is magic!

    See EG: https://www.walkinlab.com/men-s-well...ll&order=price

    also Private MD - Buy Lab Tests Online

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    I could be wrong, someone corrects me if thisnis the case, but I think just knowing tou Test total is 300 doesn't mean anything. You could have 300 test and normal or high Free test, which is determined by the amount of it bounds to SHBG. Which is available to your body to use. So you need either Free test or SHBG to determine if you need T replacement. Also your Test can be normal but your E2 high and this could be the cause of symptons attributed to low T like lower erection dysfunction. Once again, plase someone corrects me if I'm wrong, I'm no professional or specialist.

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    Maybe your MOAI is affecting your typing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreiDecker View Post
    I could be wrong, someone corrects me if thisnis the case, but I think just knowing tou Test total is 300 doesn't mean anything. You could have 300 test and normal or high Free test, which is determined by the amount of it bounds to SHBG. Which is available to your body to use. So you need either Free test or SHBG to determine if you need T replacement. Also your Test can be normal but your E2 high and this could be the cause of symptons attributed to low T like lower erection dysfunction. Once again, plase someone corrects me if I'm wrong, I'm no professional or specialist.
    300 level test is fine...for an 85 yr old man.

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    Anecdotally, the difference between my previous level of 300 and my current level in the 600s has been life changing in many different aspects. I started feeling better my first week of treatment and haven’t felt what I would describe as “brain fog” since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreiDecker View Post
    I could be wrong, someone corrects me if thisnis the case, but I think just knowing tou Test total is 300 doesn't mean anything. You could have 300 test and normal or high Free test, which is determined by the amount of it bounds to SHBG. Which is available to your body to use. So you need either Free test or SHBG to determine if you need T replacement. Also your Test can be normal but your E2 high and this could be the cause of symptons attributed to low T like lower erection dysfunction. Once again, plase someone corrects me if I'm wrong, I'm no professional or specialist.
    You are not wrong. This is why when you get your hormones checked you need total and free test, estradiol, luteinizing hormone, shbg and all the rest. Ideally, you learn about your body and what these things all do and mean. The, you can start taking care of yourself. However, if the total test is low and there are symptoms, the rest of that shit doesn't matter yet until you get the test up into the high normal range. Once its there in the high normal range, you can start dealing with the other possibilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatButWeak View Post
    You are not wrong. This is why when you get your hormones checked you need total and free test, estradiol, luteinizing hormone, shbg and all the rest. Ideally, you learn about your body and what these things all do and mean. The, you can start taking care of yourself. However, if the total test is low and there are symptoms, the rest of that shit doesn't matter yet until you get the test up into the high normal range. Once its there in the high normal range, you can start dealing with the other possibilities.
    I don't know why you think like this. For example, I'm 24 years old, my total test came back 200 ng/dl a while ago, but turns out I have naturally very low SHBG, in the 10s, so my Free test was normal, in fact it was even a little above average. Do I need TRT then? At the time indid have some symptons, however I lost some extra fat, SHBG went up and total T raised. Also LH and FSH were very low, but I think is caused by the pituitary reacting to the low SHBG and Normal free test and balacing things out, I'm no doctor so I don't know the details. I did an experiment and took tamoxifen along with anastrozol for a few months and the FSH raised a bit, LH sky rocketed, total T raised, as well as free T, but I felt not so different, and too high levels of LH can cause too much testosterone to be converted to estrogen inside the testes, which can't be controlled by anastrozol.

    Why so rude Rip?

    you should take your time to read this piece by a clinical psychiatrist, you know, the ones being paid so people don't blow their head with a shotgun

    Patient Stories: The Farmers Shotgun - Psychotropical

    it's entertaining and maybe will change your mind about "the chemicals" and "grownsome balls" attitude. If you think testosterone wasn't tried as a cure for people like this you are terrible wrong.

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