Avatar universal

Very low testosterone levels

Hello I'm 23 years old, recently got my testosterone levels tested amd it showed up 143 ng/dl (CLIA method- don't know what i means). Can someone please help how serious is my condition?
I'm having problems with sex drives, erections, disfunction, ejaculation, hair fall phase for a while, delayed hair growth, couldn't loose fat, how hard i try, problem putting on mass.

Thank you in advance.
3 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
134578 tn?1614729226
With all of those issues, I don't know why you aren't talking to your doctor instead of asking for advice on the Internet.
Helpful - 0
I didn't mean that in an unfriendly way, I'm just saying go see your doctor, this is a diagnosis for a doctor and not just for casual observers.  It might be a very simple fix, such as getting a testosterone prescription, but a doctor is the one to tell you this.
The OP clearly states that he's had his Testosterone tested, and that he has gotten his results back, since he has given a specific measurement of his Testosterone level.  Why are you assuming that he hasn't already talked to his doctor?  The test is performed by a doctor, so if he's had it tested, clearly he has talked about this with a doctor.  He is probably either looking for furter information between getting his results and his followup appointment with his doctor so he has specific talking points to discuss, or looking for information from other sources beyond his personal doctor.
Avatar universal
I suppose that really depends on what your definition of "serious" is.  Low testosterone isn't something life-threatening, but it does affect quality of life. Some psychologists are now estimating that as much as 30% of cases of depression in men over 30 are related to testosterone levels.  The issues that you have mentioned are fairly typical issues tied to low testosterone, along with the Depression that I mentioned, as well as anxiety.  Your numbers are pretty much in the neighborhood of where mine are, and I'm 37.  I did not have the physical issues that often come with low T, but I didn't realize how bad my anxiety was until I started Testosterone Replacement Therapy, and saw how much my level of general anxiety dropped withing a few days of my first shot.

Your numbers are definitely low, the bottom of the reference range for men my age is 440, and I believe it's higher for men your age, so those levels likely warrant clinical intervention.  You will want to follow up with your doctor now that you have your test results. It is likely that he will want to test you again at a later date before starting any TRT, because testosterone levels do fluctuate pretty wildly throughout the day.  My doctor offered me TRT the first time that I tested that low, but I wanted to see if I could manage it through lifestyle adjustments, so I took six months to see what I could do, but I was still testing at the same level, so I started with the shots.
Helpful - 0
Thank you so much PrimalPuma, i mean it.
I moved out from home, I'm under tremendous stress, sleep cycle completely got disturbed.
Simultaneously i got my thyroid and insulin levels tested.
I have high insulin levels
Insulin post is 92 (normal range 2-55)
And thyroid is on boarderline at 5.12 ( normal range is at 2.0-5.5)
When i started having physical issues, i figured it out something is going wrong with my insulin and testosterone levels so i got checked.
It would be great if you tell me how to move further and control my stress levels and get proper sleep cycles.
Avatar universal
Low testosterone effects a number of men from varying ages. I am now 26 and have suffered from low T for the last 4-5 years. I have suffered from the same symptoms as yourself and I would recommend getting a referral to an Endocrinologist who specialises in hormones to determine the route cause of low T.

When considering potential treatment a word of warning from personal experience, when considering going on TRT please be mindful of the potential risks involved for fertility in the future.
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Men's Health Community

Top Men's Health Answerers
1622896 tn?1562364967
London, United Kingdom
139792 tn?1498585650
Indore, India
11369760 tn?1449504372
Southwest , MI
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
STDs can't be transmitted by casual contact, like hugging or touching.
Syphilis is an STD that is transmitted by oral, genital and anal sex.
Discharge often isn't normal, and could mean an infection or an STD.
Chlamydia, an STI, often has no symptoms, but must be treated.
Bumps in the genital area might be STDs, but are usually not serious.
Get the facts about this disease that affects more than 240,000 men each year.