Low-T-Guy

Low-T-Guy

Low Testosterone Blog

Low Testosterone Blog

I created this website to help you understand what you're going through, and to encourage support from others in the same boat. 

I created this website to help you understand what you're going through, and to encourage support from others in the same boat. 

About Me

About Me

Got Low T?

Got Low T?

Since I was a kid, I’ve been really skinny. I didn’t get made fun of too badly for how thin I was, I just never liked the look of being thin. As I got older, (late teens), I learned that I could change how I look by working out.

At first I was too embarrassed to go to a gym, so I trained off-and-on in my house with little results. Eventually I purchased a gym membership around the age of 18 and started on my quest to pack on muscle.              

Since I was a kid, I’ve been really skinny. I didn’t get made fun of too badly for how thin I was, I just never liked the look of being thin. As I got older, (late teens), I learned that I could change how I look by working out.

At first I was too embarrassed to go to a gym, so I trained off-and-on in my house with little results. Eventually I purchased a gym membership around the age of 18 and started on my quest to pack on muscle.              

Time to Get Jacked!

Being a smart guy, I thought to look online for advice on working out instead of going to the gym and doing whatever exercise. I figured I could just look-up what other skinny guys had done to get jacked and I could follow their plans.

This turned into 5 years of working out; I was trying different programs, but always experiencing less than ideal results. In the later two years, I had begun to sink into a depression as well.

My life was starting to get pretty stale, I was in a comfort zone, and I just felt no motivation to do anything. I knew I had to change something, but everything I tried got boring after a few days. I struggled to get out of bed in the morning, and my body just didn’t feel right.

Morning Wood?

I remember talking to a guy at the gym about working out. Somehow the subject of over-training and sleep came up and he said, “I always ease off my training when I stop getting morning wood every day.” Every day? I couldn’t remember the last time I had morning wood (an erection upon waking up for you non-English speakers). I asked him if he actually got morning wood every day and his reply was yes. I then asked some other guys my age and they all had the same answer. I began to put the facts together…

  • Low motivation: yup..
  • No morning wood: yup..
  • Erections not too strong: yup..
  • Low sex drive: yup..
  • Poor sleep quality: yup..
  • Poor results in gym: yup..

I knew from the all the reading and learning I had done on health and fitness that the above signs were the major symptoms of low testosterone. So, the next step was obviously to get my testosterone levels tested and see if testosterone was the culprit.

Time for a Trip to the Blood Lab

I decided to go to a walk-in clinic to speak with a doctor and request the labs. He doubted my notion that my testosterone could be low and recommended that I make some lifestyle changes (get involved with the community, play sports, etc.), but then agreed to test my total and free testosterone to make sure I was OK.

I was excited when they called me in about a week later. If my testosterone was low, that meant I was one step closer to figuring all this out, and all I had to do was raise it up and I’d feel amazing. The results I’d been working so hard for in the gym would begin to finally show, my sex drive would get back to normal and I’d get a girlfriend again, and I would feel motivated and driven each and every day!

I stepped into the doctor’s office and he looked at me and said, “You’re normal… All of your levels are within the range. I recommend again that you look into some lifestyle changes, get more active in your community, that sort of thing.”

I was slightly puzzled at this point. Normal, really? Hmm. Maybe I’m really stressed out and that’s why I’ve been having these symptoms. But I didn’t feel like I was under a lot of stress.

I asked him what my Total Testosterone came back as. He told me 30 (he mistakenly quoted my Free Testosterone result). I was only familiar with the US measurements at the time, and knew that the range was usually 300-1100 ng/dL. 30 obviously didn’t make sense, but rather than ask about it, I asked him for a copy of the results to look over myself.

My First Blood Test

My First Blood Test. Results: Normal?

I’ve included the document with my results on the right. The highlighted parts are all important levels that deal with testosterone.

When I looked at these results, something seemed very odd to me. Why, as a 23 year old, were my levels all near the bottom of the range?? Was this range for men just my age? Or was it all men, including old men who had naturally declining testosterone levels? Old men who had the sex drive and vigor of a tree stump… Old men who were one foot in their grave… Some quick web searches gave me the answer.

The Doc Was Wrong

Within a short amount of time, I learned that I was right. The range covers men of all ages, and I was indeed much lower than my fellow males of similar age. I found a number of charts on this website that hammered the point home:            

Time to Get Jacked!

Being a smart guy, I thought to look online for advice on working out instead of going to the gym and doing whatever exercise. I figured I could just look-up what other skinny guys had done to get jacked and I could follow their plans.

This turned into 5 years of working out; I was trying different programs, but always experiencing less than ideal results. In the later two years, I had begun to sink into a depression as well.

My life was starting to get pretty stale, I was in a comfort zone, and I just felt no motivation to do anything. I knew I had to change something, but everything I tried got boring after a few days. I struggled to get out of bed in the morning, and my body just didn’t feel right.

Morning Wood?

I remember talking to a guy at the gym about working out. Somehow the subject of over-training and sleep came up and he said, “I always ease off my training when I stop getting morning wood every day.” Every day? I couldn’t remember the last time I had morning wood (an erection upon waking up for you non-English speakers). I asked him if he actually got morning wood every day and his reply was yes. I then asked some other guys my age and they all had the same answer. I began to put the facts together…

  • Low motivation: yup..
  • No morning wood: yup..
  • Erections not too strong: yup..
  • Low sex drive: yup..
  • Poor sleep quality: yup..
  • Poor results in gym: yup..

I knew from the all the reading and learning I had done on health and fitness that the above signs were the major symptoms of low testosterone. So, the next step was obviously to get my testosterone levels tested and see if testosterone was the culprit.

Time for a Trip to the Blood Lab

I decided to go to a walk-in clinic to speak with a doctor and request the labs. He doubted my notion that my testosterone could be low and recommended that I make some lifestyle changes (get involved with the community, play sports, etc.), but then agreed to test my total and free testosterone to make sure I was OK.

I was excited when they called me in about a week later. If my testosterone was low, that meant I was one step closer to figuring all this out, and all I had to do was raise it up and I’d feel amazing. The results I’d been working so hard for in the gym would begin to finally show, my sex drive would get back to normal and I’d get a girlfriend again, and I would feel motivated and driven each and every day!

I stepped into the doctor’s office and he looked at me and said, “You’re normal… All of your levels are within the range. I recommend again that you look into some lifestyle changes, get more active in your community, that sort of thing.”

I was slightly puzzled at this point. Normal, really? Hmm. Maybe I’m really stressed out and that’s why I’ve been having these symptoms. But I didn’t feel like I was under a lot of stress.

I asked him what my Total Testosterone came back as. He told me 30 (he mistakenly quoted my Free Testosterone result). I was only familiar with the US measurements at the time, and knew that the range was usually 300-1100 ng/dL. 30 obviously didn’t make sense, but rather than ask about it, I asked him for a copy of the results to look over myself.

My First Blood Test

My First Blood Test. Results: Normal?

I’ve included the document with my results on the right. The highlighted parts are all important levels that deal with testosterone.

When I looked at these results, something seemed very odd to me. Why, as a 23 year old, were my levels all near the bottom of the range?? Was this range for men just my age? Or was it all men, including old men who had naturally declining testosterone levels? Old men who had the sex drive and vigor of a tree stump… Old men who were one foot in their grave… Some quick web searches gave me the answer.

The Doc Was Wrong

Within a short amount of time, I learned that I was right. The range covers men of all ages, and I was indeed much lower than my fellow males of similar age. I found a number of charts on this website that hammered the point home:            

Age# of SubjectsTotal Test
25-344521.38 nmol/L / 617 ng/dl
35-442223.14 nmol/L / 668 ng/dl
45-542321.02 nmol/L / 606 ng/dl
55-644319.49 nmol/L / 562 ng/dl
65-744718.15 nmol/L / 524 ng/dl
75-844816.32 nmol/L / 471 ng/dl
85-1002113.05 nmol/L / 376 ng/dl

Normal Testosterone Levels in Men by Age (Healthy) Vermeulen, A. (1996). Declining Androgens with Age: An Overview. In Vermeulen, A. & Oddens, & B. J. (Eds.), Androgens and the Aging Male (pp. 3-14). New York: Parthenon Publishing. SI Units / Conventional Units

Normal Testosterone Levels in Men by Age (Healthy) Vermeulen, A. (1996). Declining Androgens with Age: An Overview. In Vermeulen, A. & Oddens, & B. J. (Eds.), Androgens and the Aging Male (pp. 3-14). New York: Parthenon Publishing. SI Units / Conventional Units

My Total Test was measured to be 11.3 nmol/L — less than a typical 85-100 year old man ... crap :(

Meeting with a Specialist

After realizing I had a bit of an issue on my hands, I went to see my family doctor. I did some research and brought with me a list of symptoms and a printed copy of the charts from the website linked to above. This was enough to convince him that we should dig a little deeper to see what’s going on. Because he didn’t specialize in hormonal issues, he referred me to a specialist. This was exciting until I found I would have to wait 4-5 months to get an appointment. I decided rather than passively wait until the appointment comes, I would call once every week to check if anyone had cancelled their appointment.

Sure enough, someone had, and I ended up seeing the specialist after only one month of waiting.

We’re Broadcasting

It was around this time that I decided to start my YouTube channel, LowTGuy, to document this whole process. In doing research online, I found it hard to find good, reliable information on TRT/HRT, especially for younger men like myself.

I was hoping to see some before/after videos, and guys talking about the changes they went through, but I couldn’t find that anywhere, so I decided I would log the entire journey on YouTube.

Here’s a playlist of my videos on there. It starts with the first video, and chronologically steps forward to my latest video. In these videos, you’ll see what drugs I ended up being prescribed, how I use them, how they’ve changed my testosterone level, and the minor issues that were dealt with along the way. I even talk about doubting the effects of testosterone, until I did a couple experiments and realized how much life sucked when letting my testosterone levels dip back to their previous levels.

If you want me to type out what is mentioned in the videos, then leave some comments below. Otherwise, I’ll just let these videos sit here so you can watch them as you please.

My Journal with Low Testosterone YouTube Channel

My Total Test was measured to be 11.3 nmol/L — less than a typical 85-100 year old man ... crap :(

Meeting with a Specialist

After realizing I had a bit of an issue on my hands, I went to see my family doctor. I did some research and brought with me a list of symptoms and a printed copy of the charts from the website linked to above. This was enough to convince him that we should dig a little deeper to see what’s going on. Because he didn’t specialize in hormonal issues, he referred me to a specialist. This was exciting until I found I would have to wait 4-5 months to get an appointment. I decided rather than passively wait until the appointment comes, I would call once every week to check if anyone had cancelled their appointment.

Sure enough, someone had, and I ended up seeing the specialist after only one month of waiting.

We’re Broadcasting

It was around this time that I decided to start my YouTube channel, LowTGuy, to document this whole process. In doing research online, I found it hard to find good, reliable information on TRT/HRT, especially for younger men like myself.

I was hoping to see some before/after videos, and guys talking about the changes they went through, but I couldn’t find that anywhere, so I decided I would log the entire journey on YouTube.

Here’s a playlist of my videos on there. It starts with the first video, and chronologically steps forward to my latest video. In these videos, you’ll see what drugs I ended up being prescribed, how I use them, how they’ve changed my testosterone level, and the minor issues that were dealt with along the way. I even talk about doubting the effects of testosterone, until I did a couple experiments and realized how much life sucked when letting my testosterone levels dip back to their previous levels.

If you want me to type out what is mentioned in the videos, then leave some comments below. Otherwise, I’ll just let these videos sit here so you can watch them as you please.

My Journal with Low Testosterone YouTube Channel

Are You Ready To Tame The LOW-T Beast?

Are You Ready To Tame The LOW-T Beast?

Don't let it to hold you down! 

YES - It is totally possible to get back to your old self ...to be a man again

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Don't let it to hold you down! 

YES - It is totally possible to get back to your old self ...to be a man again

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Copyright 2018 © All rights reserved

Copyright 2018 © All rights reserved

Don't let it to hold you down! 

YES - It is totally possible to get back to your old self ...to be a man again

Want to know more?

Put your email below to receive further information:

Don't let it to hold you down! 

YES - It is totally possible to get back to your old self ...to be a man again

Want to know more?

Put your email below to receive further information:

Are You Ready To Tame The LOW-T Beast?

Are You Ready To Tame The LOW-T Beast?