Way too much E2 - what to do?
- 10-19-2008, 04:40 PM
Way too much E2 - what to do?
I'm new on this board, been browsing a lot the past few days and learning quite a bit.
Here's my deal: I'm 28 and for the past 3 years, I've had a pretty low libido, and it's gotten worse as time went on. Then, I started having erection difficulties, which is when I really got worried. I also would say my ambition, drive, enthusiasm, and general vitality have gone downhill as well.
I used to be very ambitious, and have a huge sex drive (so much so it was an issue with an ex-girlfriend). I've never done steroids or TRT, and although I was on anti-depressants (cymbalta and straterra) 3 years ago for 10 months, all that's been fine recently.
I've gone to a bunch of doctors, and all they want to do is prescribe me viagra or cialis which does nothing for my libido. So, I've had to piece this thing together myself, and I think I may have finally found the culprit: very high estradiol.
I just got a saliva test back, and here are the results:
Estradiol (E2) - 10 (Ref range for Male 20-49 is 1-3 pg/ml)
Progesterone (P1) - 89 (Ref. Range 5-95 pg/ml)
Free Testosterone (TTF) - 51 (Ref range Male 20-30 is 60-110)
Cortisol Burden - 24 (Ref. range 23-41)
(in my four tests throughout the day, they were consistently at the very
low end of the reference range)
DHEA - 9 (Ref. range 3-10 ng/ml)
Back in Feb., I had some lab work done and here are the applicable results:
Total T - 755 ng/dL
Bio-Avail T - 310 ng/dL
SHBG - 60 nmol/L
As I understand it, that SHBG is very high. Which makes sense for the E2.
So I am wondering, should I go with the OTC stuff like Nettle Root (for SHBG) and DIM (for E2) or straight to the synthetic stuff like Arimidex?
Any advice is GREATLY appreciated. The medical community where I live seems pretty out-of-touch with this stuff.
- 10-19-2008, 05:17 PM
Results of saliva tests are questionable at best.
Definitely do not use saliva test for E2 adjustment.
or 24 hr urine testing
to figure out your E2 situation.
24hr urine testing being the gold standard.
Your SHBG is a reason to worry.
You may want to look at my list for blood testing that I use at Quest Diagnostics, post #44 here:
- 10-19-2008, 05:51 PM
Thank you for the response.
Why are saliva tests unreliable? I've actually heard the opposite. Plus, my Dr. won't order blood tests to check E2 and the others, so I am kinda stuck with that.
Why is my SHBG a reason to worry?
Also, my fasting blood glucose is 103 which I know is on the high side. I'm pretty lean at 6'4" 180lbs. so being overweigh isn't an issue here.
Thanks again for your help-
10-19-2008, 06:48 PM
SHBG- wery hard to change. Indicator of other problems. (10-30) is about the desirable range.
You do not have to be fat to have glucose problems.
It may be wothh while to do:
glucose/insuline tolerance test
10-20-2008, 09:28 AM
I am not a medical Dr, please keep in mind that this answer is for information purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace sound medical advice from your physician or health care provider.
10-28-2008, 08:32 AM
10-29-2008, 06:27 AM
I went in to an Endo to have my free testerone looked at , I was at 39 . He prescribed a bunch of blood work , one was a glucose urine tolerance test, and it came back showing that i was Insulin resistant, wow was I pissed off. My free test did come up to about 239, nothing to brag about, he put that on hold, saying its on its way up. Having sugar in your urine is nothing to ignore, especially when your kidneys take a pounding.